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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Bumps and Bruises

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Bumps and Bruises

You brace yourself when your tot takes a tumble, but you never acknowledge the bumps and bruises that are inevitable as a parent. There are the ones you notice — when your wee one flips back her head as you look down and the bridge of your nose stings so badly your eyes fill — and, then there are the ones you are oblivious to like the toe marks on your stomach made by aspiring acrobats jumping across your midsection in such glee that you don't feel the painful indentations.

I rarely remember the gashes I get lunging across a playground structure to grab my son before he jumps off the side; Or, count the times I've whacked my forehead wrangling my kids into their carseats and hoisting the stroller into the tailgate. It's when I glance in a dressing room mirror and catch the colorful spots, scrapes and scratches that periodically appear on my body that I try to recall what it was like when I was childless and a box of band-aids lasted me several years. It's almost impossible. I'd much rather have the crushing hugs and tickle attacks that come with the noticeable imperfections.

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cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 7 years
My daughter was born with a problem with the muscles in her eyes...she stared at the tip of her nose and got motion sickness when I burped her. When she was 9 months old she had her first 3 eye surgeries. The next day she looked at me and stared. I don't think she had ever really seen me. I sat down and cried. My baby had just seen my face for the first time! In two months she went from barely sitting up to running all over the house. You'd be surprised how much vision plays a part in development. Anyway, she had three more separate surgeries on her eyes and each time afterward she was the clumsiest thing until her brain got used to the new signals she was getting from her eyes. Two concussions within 6 months. I started making her wear a helmet every time she had a surgery. I made the pediatric opthomologist put a note in her chart that this type of clumseyness was to be expected. It was a good thing I did that. Two weeks after her final surgery she ran full force right into the corner of the coffee table. In the ER they were talking about calling social services but I alerted them to check her chart and call her doctor. If I hadn't made them put that note in her chart they would have taken my baby. Bumps and bruises are a part of life with a little one. If yours appears a bit more accident prone than you think is possibly normal then I'd really like to impress upon you to go get their vision checked.
tina_marie tina_marie 8 years
that is so funny - i have been noticing bruises all over me lately. I have a 1 year old and he is all the time walking over my accidentally whacking me in the face and head
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