There are so many unknowns in parenting. We stress about doing things the right way for our children. I think one of every parent’s worse fears is when something goes wrong. Will I be able to judge the seriousness of it? Will I do the right thing? At the end of the day we all do our best but when your child is hurt, it still is stressful.
But let’s rewind to Saturday evening.
There was a shriek coming from the study.
There was my dearest boy, who loves to climb, dangling with his hands on my desk and his legs bunched up behind him against the chair.
My first instinct was to gather him up in my arms, but I’m not sure if I hurt his leg further in the process. 🙁 He was full of tears.
We were at that stage trying to have supper so I took him to the kitchen and put him in the chair. He ate a bit and it was after a while that I realised he was unable to get up from the chair. Normally he likes to stand at the table. He often eats and goes away and comes back. He is a boy on the move. However, he just sat there.
I then started phoning my mom and my husband (DH was at a rugby game). But then Nicky showed me that he could walk after all, and I calmed down a bit. He was walking a bit weird though. A kind of shuffle.
We then Skyped with my parents and we had a nice chat. Nicky was all smiles. He was definitely not in pain. He walked up and down for Granny.
It was then time to have a bath and off we went. After we had a bath he was just sitting there and I realised – he can’t get out. So I lifted him out.
Normally after bath time Nicky likes to use the bed as a trampoline and run away from me as much as possible because he likes being naked and hates getting dressed. This time he couldn’t get on the bed. I helped him up and he stood there, and then he sat. He let me put the clothes on and didn’t even complain. Shocker.
I phoned my mom again. DH by that time had returned home. My mom seemed to think it could wait till the morning. She sent me this link about a “toddler fracture” which you won’t pick up initially if you x-ray too soon. DH also had a look and played with Nicky.
We said “Night Night” and went to bed. I think he was a bit frustrated because he couldn’t kick off all the bedding like he usually does, but I took it off for him myself.
The next morning, guess what?
He stood up, tested his legs and smiled. I asked him to run. He did it. I asked him to jump, he obliged. I even tested him getting out the bath and climbing on the bed. No problem, although he did use the other leg for leverage.
My little bear was all better and riding around on his scooter.
Thanks be to God.
Although he did wipe out on his scooter, he recovered and carried on! On Friday DH had spent time running around with him with the balance bike but he is still walking a lot with it. Now we have gone back to the scooter and are working on helping him overcome his fears.