DenaApril 13, 2014

The 52 Week Project – A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, for one year.

15/52 — Oh, my little Roman. The accidents have begun. Last weekend we were all sitting in the living room relaxing when you knocked Mama’s glass off of the tray. It’s happened before so we didn’t think much of it… then you started crying. It turned out that a piece of the glass broke off and you reached under the couch to pick it up. Papa said, “He’s bleeding!” Gratefully I kept a cool head, took you to the bathroom, discovered your cut, applied pressure to slow the bleeding, and we got you to the emergency room. The doctor said it wasn’t as bad as it looked. The fingertip (the pad of your right middle-finger) is a very vascular area. It was a clean (straight) cut so the doctor was able to use glue to put it together instead of traditional stitches.

You were such a good boy in the E.R. that the doctor and nurse couldn’t believe it. They kept looking at you waiting for you to squirm or cry, but you just sat there, curious about what they were doing. My little nosy boy. We kept you bandaged up for a few days and even made a “cast” (out of a sock!) because you kept pulling your band-aids off. You’re bandage-free now and almost completely healed. You’ll just have a little scar. The emotional trauma of the event was almost certainly the worst of it.

Needless to say, I’ve been pretty devastated about it all — blaming myself & overcome with guilt. We’ve tried so hard to make the house safe for you — baby-proofing everything, plugging up outlets, cordoning off unsafe areas, and installing a giant baby gate in the living room in case we have to leave the room for even a moment. And still, you got hurt.

I am trying to accept the fact that these things will happen. We won’t be drinking from glasses in here for awhile (as much as I hate plastic). But no matter how safe we try to make things for you, there will be accidents. They are a part of life. Just remember that I will always be there to pick you up, brush you off, and try to make it better.

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Comments (9)

  • Gillian

    April 13, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear about this! It’s so sweet how Roman handled it so well – his temperament reminds me so much of MY Roman’s! Our Roman has had his fair, or unfair.. share of medical emergencies by now and he has always handled it so well! SO many nurses and doctors have been impressed by how well he does! Now Asher on the other hand… well it’s a circus act just to get him through a physical. 😉 Please don’t blame yourself or feel guilty – these things happen to every child and it isn’t your fault!

    1. Dena

      April 15, 2014 at 9:58 am

      Thanks, Gillian. It was scary, but I’m grateful that he’s alright. It’s amazing how much our little Romans are alike! 😉 <3

    2. Jen

      April 17, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Ohhh i so remember those days, I am sure it was scary at the time, but im sure you know there will be MANY more times like this one… When becca was little, as you know was very sick, she vomited almost everyday of her first 3 yrs of life… Well the one time he did, i went to go get the rug cleaner, and told her dad to watch her, he was reading a paper i think, set it on the floor and turned our heads for 1 split sec and she picked up the bottle and drank it OMG i thought i was going to DIE! was so scary to say the least… Katie was my little devil child getting into everything, I kept Medicines wayyy up above the fridge in a cabinet, when i went to go to the bathroom that little stinker would climb to get any pills she could it was terrible! She got into my purse and got nighttime sleeping aids we didnt know if she ate any so brought her to the ER where they gave her the charcoal,,,, wanna know what she said after she drank it?? Can i have more cholate milk OH MYYY thankfully they dont think she actually ate more than one if that at all cause we found one wet…UGhhhhh no matter how much you child proof accidents happen know your NOT alone!!!!! *HUGS*

  • Kay

    April 13, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    How scary! I’m so glad he’s okay and that he handled it so well! When Reagan was about 8 months old, her father was walking down the basement stairs holding her and they both fell down the stairs! It was one of the scariest things ever, we took her to the hospital and ughhh there is nothing worse than seeing your child on a hospital bed…absolutely heartbreaking! 🙁

    1. Dena

      April 15, 2014 at 9:59 am

      Oh my goodness! You must have been scared to death. Being a mama is such a scary thing. Glad I have friends like you to get through it with!! <3

  • Tina

    April 13, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    He looks soooo beautiful in that photo! That sounds so scary and I would be feeling the same way you are. I can’t even imagine it right now without feeling upset. Sadly we can’t protect our kids from everything, no matter how hard we try.

  • Dena

    April 15, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Thank you, Tina. You’re so right. <3

  • cynthia

    April 17, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Poor Roman and poor Mama & Papa! How scary for you, but glad it turned out OK. He looks happy and adorable, even with the improvised cast! 🙂

    1. Dena

      April 22, 2014 at 9:34 am

      Thanks, Cynthia!! 🙂

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