Saturday, February 12, 2011

I swear I don't abuse my kid.

I really, really don't. But James does have a broken foot. And it is my fault.

Here's what happened: So after lunch today, James and I were playing and being pretty cute (if I do say so myself). I was holding him and rocking him and telling him what a beautiful, darling baby he was. :) It was pretty fun. I think having a baby in the house who gets all of that fussy sort of attention and being "to big for it" is hard. It was fun to be silly and lovey with my "big boy" for a change.

Anyway, holding him in a cradled position was fun for him but also unnerving. James is (and always has been, even as a wee thing) totally scared of heights and frights (not sure of a better word). Jolie, however, is a total adrenaline junkie. :) For instance, Jolie loves being tossed in the air. James has always hated it and clung for dear life onto our arms when we've tried. So cradling him was scary for him. He was super nervous that he would fall and/or I would drop him. No bueno, right?

So, being the good mommy I am and sensing a good teachable moment, I tried to explain to him how I would never ever have him do something that would hurt him. Then I explained that falling isn't all that scary, really, because Heavenly Father gave us really wonderful bodies that could help us fall safely. I then broke into song ("I'm all made of hinges, cause everything bends..."). I showed him how you can land squatted, bending your knee-hinges, and using your hands so you don't get hurt... blah, blah. He jumped a couple of times to practice landing.

Then I held him with my arms strait out (I'm 5'4" people... that's not high!) and dropped him. He caught himself and landed just fine. He was shocked and proud that he wasn't hurt- it wasn't even scary! He wanted to try it again. This time, I held him out again but tossed him up a little bit (his feet were maybe a foot off the ground). Perhaps not the best move on my part. Apparently when you land funny on your foot, you discover that your foot bones do NOT have great hinges and might- in fact- crack.

Apparently his did.

It's his left foot, on the outside bone. We didn't know if it was broken and assumed it probably wasn't. I mean, he was hardly off the ground and didn't kaboom or anything! It was naptime immediately after, so we put him down and hoped a nap would help him feel better. It did a little, but post-nap his foot was really swollen. And he wouldn't put weight on it... and it still hurt. So we got ready and went in to Instacare. They x-rayed it, and sure enough- there's a little fracture. Poor boy. (Crappy mom.)

Luckily, James thinks it's pretty cool. They don't do casts there, so he has a hard splint thing (like a half cast) wrapped with an ace bandage... which is then wrapped with blue sticky-wrap stuff, purely for the sake of giving him a "blue boot" (as requested). He doesn't seem to mind wearing it but cannot walk on it. He'll likely get a real cast on Monday when we meet with a podiatrist. But until then, I think we'll be watching a good deal of movies around here. And eating picnics in the living room. And probably having some delicious snacks as well. Yeah, not too shabby from a three-year-old's perspective. Maybe it won't be too bad after all. Let's hope.

So there's the story. James's first broken bone. Thank goodness I taught him so thoroughly about how falling isn't scary... FAIL!


Brianne said...

OH DEAR!!!! I personally know what the Dr. offices ask in these moments. I am pretty sure I did most of the crying when Chancey had a broken arm. Hope he feels better and you spoil him a bit more!

BiggsFamily said...

Oh Becca, I am sitting here feeling so sad, and yet trying not to laugh. I hate when things back fire on me like that haha. I wish James a quick recovery and know that you are one of the best moms I know!!

Cassie said...

Poor boy! And poor momma! I have to admit I giggle a bit in the story!!! I was really impressed with your teaching moment until it backfired. I might have even tried it myself. Now I won't! :) Love ya guys! No guilt! Just another teaching moment for momma! I have lots of those!

Brittney said...

NO WAY!!!!!! Poor little guy, and poor mommy! For real don't beat your self up over that, you were being a good mom playing with you boy, stuff like that happens! But I do have to say he looks adorable with that cast... it almost makes me want to come visit this weekend.... almost.

Jamie Younker said...

Oh my word. The irony of the situation is almost too much for me! I'm sure his foot hurts but I feel worse for you than I do for him because I know how easy it is to blame yourself! Don't beat yourself up over it- this kind of stuff happens to all of us. (Like when I accidently made Addie fall out of the car and land on her head... ripping out her hair.) It'll be a story he'll love to hear about someday! :)

JuanFord said...

That's so weird that this is what did him in. I drop him from the nook over the hall every time I babysit and he lands just fine. Now he can steal the attention though. He will like that. :)

JB said...

Am I gonna have to come up there? lol. Give him a kiss for me, and know that we all hurt others unintentionally from time to time.

echolsfamily said...

Straight from the mouth of Paxton, "accidents happen mom. it's ok." Lucky for us, our kids don't hold grudges against us and love us unconditionally. Your a great mom, don't beat yourself up! Hope he feels better soon :)

bart said...

Poor guy!

Or maybe lucky guy -- I always thought a cast would be pretty cool.

Hope said...

Becca! That's a total bummer, but you are such a sweet mom! Good luck with all the healing and fun relaxing times ahead. :)