Monday, May 05, 2008

First Blood

Well, first blood was actually several months ago when Livvie was about 9 months old and somehow hurt her mouth and bled all over her PJs.

I came into the room to find her soaked in watery blood, and freaked out looking for the wound. I never found it, and I figured that based on the watery aspect it had come from her mouth. It was pretty awful.

Today, however, we had first blood where she actually injured herself. We were at the playground and she was running on the asphalt walkway and fell down and landed on her knees and elbow. She started screaming, and I picked her up and discovered road rash everywhere that touched the ground. It was pretty bad. She was bleeding, and although it WAS so bad she calmed down pretty quickly. I parked her on a bench and used baby wipes to clean the wounds. I guess it's time to start carrying Band-Aids and Neosporin. 

I was a bit crazy over this. In my head anyway. I behaved very calmly for her so that she wouldn't learn that this is a terrible thing, but what made me crazy was that this perfect little body that I had grown was finally cut open. I knew it would happen someday, and I even knew that based on the way she behaves that someday would be soon. I just wasn't ready yet.

I know that this is the first of many times. I know that she'll fall quite frequently when running, fall off her bicycle, possibly break bones in gym class, and someday might even get into a car accident. It sucks. You want to protect them from everything, but as Dory says in Finding Nemo, "You can't let nothing ever happen to him, because then nothing would EVER happen to him."

It's time I learned that lesson.


Dagny said...

(((hugs))) for Mom.


Cyn said...

Good lesson to learn although not fun at all.

Annie said...

I took this from Yoli, thought it was perfect, and I would feel just like you. oxoxox
"Making the decision to have a child-it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."

--Elizabeth Stone

LizB said...

The first boo-boo's really suck. :( Years later, we have had cuts, bruises, broken bones, and more, but I do still remember those early first boo-boo's with a lot of pain.

sara said...

poor livvie! poor mommy!

Em said...

sweet. Those first falls are so hard. I'm not sure that it really gets that much easier.