It’s become a little bit of a joke between Suzanne and myself that when our daughter starts going to playgrounds, Suzanne is going to either make her wear a helmet or be following after her with Neosporin and a Band-Aid.
I’m under the impression that kids need to get their bumps and bruises because it’s part of growing up. The way you bounce back from injury — whether it’s a raspberry or a broken arm — builds character.
You’re not really ready to have those thoughts fully developed when your daughter is three days past seven months.
We got a glimpse of Ella’s future this morning. She’s either going to be a skydiver or a rock star who is fond of stage diving.
Ella fell off the bed this morning. We have hardwood floors. This is not a good combination.
Now her forehead looks like Peyton Manning’s after he takes his helmet off.
I was on my way to work. Suzanne called and was in tears. This was after a text and a call to the doctor’s office.
You see, she did the right thing, putting a pillow around Ella while she was getting ready for work. On top of that Suzanne even put a pillow on the floor towards the side Ella favors as she rolls. Ahh, kids, they’ll throw you for a loop. This stinkin’ baby of ours rolled across the bed and then — boom! — onto the floor, testing Isaac Newton’s gravitational laws.
Newton 1, Ella 0.
Now I felt like the panicked parent two steps behind my kid at the playground, but I had to play it cool because I was already at work and was just getting information between texts and phone calls. Because a baby’s head is still so tender and soft I kept worrying that Ella basically fell on her brain.
But, because a baby’s skull is still like a soft shell crab’s at a sushi bar, she didn’t even have a knot on her head. Just a little scrape and a small bruise. Nature … isn’t it crazy?
Once I found out that she’d be OK, I had to turn my focus to my wife. Sarcastic humor, one of my fortes, was the wrong approach. Especially through a series of emails we exchanged during the day:
Suzanne: I just feel like such an a-hole.
Me: The good thing is she won’t remember.
Suzanne: Thanks honey…that makes me feel better.
Me: We can have a strong cocktail together when we get home to ease your worries.
Suzanne: Just tell me I’m not a bad mom and that accidents happen. Stiff cocktail wouldn’t hurt later.
I thought a bit of levity would help. Usually it does. This time it did not. (Although the stiff cocktail was nice.)
Suzanne is a great mom. Who thinks to even put a pillow on the floor just in case the baby rolls out of bed? Problem was, Ella found the other side of the queen after a couple of gator rolls.
What we found out today tested my theory a little bit — Ella is still smiling and having fun and bouncing around, so the fall gave her a bruise, but she popped back up and built some character.
We also found out that she is going to be like both of her parents: a little hard-headed.