A couple of months ago I wrote a blog entitled Klutzy Toddler, Klutzy Mommy and recently had an experience and conversation this week that gave me new perspective.
While Sarah still does indeed tend to fall down or bump into things, many times it's because she is eager, excited and distracted by her surroundings all at the same time. Further, since she is still under the age of 2 and continuing to grow at a rapid pace it makes sense she needs time to get comfortable and familiar with her body as it changes, especially her legs and feet.
I realized that the same is true for me. Okay, maybe not so much the body changing rapidly part, but instead the excitement and eagerness, and potential for distraction, while sharing in the joys of these extraordinary situations with Sarah as she grows and develops.
I hesitated to blog about a recent experience for I was embarrassed by the situation. Get ready laugh. The day before Halloween Sarah's school had a parade for all the kids to dress up and participate. Having missed last year's Halloween festivities due to Sarah getting the flu, I was jumping out of my skin excited to get her dressed up and to show her off. She was the cutest ever Abby Cadabby, a character she really likes.
Before the parade Sarah and I were playing in the playground. Just as the parade got started I got so excited for her to participate that I scooped her up eagerly to go down the slide and bumped my head in the process. I did very well to keep my language G-rated. But, boy did it hurt. And, to add to it, it's now on video since Daniel was capturing these special moment with Sarah.
We had a great time at the parade and after party, but later in the evening, several hours after the incident my head really hurt. We decided not to do anything, as far as me going to the emergency room. I know, not very wise. However, we evaluated how I was feeling, did some research and decided it would be best to see the doctor the following day, which is what I did. She said I likely had a mild concussion and that since it was nearly 24 hours after the head banging incident I likely didn't need a cat scan. I was prescribed high dose Naproxen for the pain, which I wish was working a tad bit harder, getting some rest and coping with headaches I never thought were possible.
All in all the very important lesson for me and anyone who is high energy and excited for their children's first, second and third experiences is to slow down and take everything in stride. I know this is much easier said than done for some of us. I just love watching Sarah grow and learn new things and share in these new experiences with her being present and part of them is such great joy and reward.
So, here's to trying to slow down while managing a growing toddler and to experience the incredible joys and excitement at a reasonable pace.
Wish me luck!!!