Kids bump their heads all the time. This was the first bump on the head that happened on my watch. Tears. Pain. Scared. There were tons of emotions that even went through me.
Here is what happened. Our little guy is 9 months old. That means that he can crawl, pull himself up, stand for a few seconds, and likes to explore. I was right with him when it happened. He had pulled himself up on the wall and was balancing. I was right there “spotting” him. Then it happened. He let out a big fart and it was enough to throw his balance off.
Fart! Smack! And down he went. No time to get his hands in front of him. And wham he hits his head on the wall. There was a moment of shock and look of disbelief on his face. Then beet red. Then tears and then some screams of pain. I knew this was not good.
I even got upset. The one thing I am supposed to do is protect my son and I can’t even do that! I know that they are going to bump their heads, but until it happens, you do not know how you will react. I grabbed the pacifier and comforted him as much as I could. I knew I messed up and couldn’t catch him in time. I vowed to not let it happen again. Then as I grabbed some infant Tylenol, it happened again. This time, he face planted or tripped over a toy and landed on the carpet. Thank God we have carpet! But still it probably didn’t feel good to face plant again!
I gave our little guy some Tylenol because I could see that the initial bump on the head was going to leave a mark.
I know that he will not remember, but I will not soon forget that feeling of hopelessness and helplessness. I failed at my job of protecting him from getting hurt. I know that accidents happen and I was even there spotting him. But it happened so fast, that I could not catch him in time.
The bump on his head will heal and I am emotionally scarred from the experience!
I’m thinking bike helmet!