I apologize if this is a disappointment to all the stellar moms out there, but I'll tell you what-- I've had several nominations for "Mother of the Year" over the past 12 months, but what happened yesterday pretty much puts the award in my hand.
I will spare everyone the details and just say that Maren is okay after falling down a flight of stairs at my mom's. I probably can't say it's the scariest thing I've ever been through when it comes to Maren, but I've decided that with kids, ranking their "finest" moments doesn't provide much comfort. ECMO after open heart surgery, turning purple and passing out for a second because she's crying so hard, or tumbling down the stairs-- scary is scary.
Check out the giant goose egg left courtesy of said fall:
Actually, this is nothing. This is about 4 hours after the incident. She looked so bad, I decided not to show the 5-minute-post picture. To give you an idea, though-- have you ever seen those stickers that people put on their cars that have half of a baseball, hockey puck, tennis ball, etc. stuck to their windshield? The sticker is made to look like the ball slammed into the windshield and got lodged halfway. Yeah, I could have painted Maren's lump white and it would have looked like one of those golf ball stickers stuck to her forehead. Yikes!
Henry's reaction 30 minutes after the fall, when he first realized something was awry:
"She fell down the stairs?" (short pause) "She looks like an alien."
And then he walked out of the room. Thanks, Henry.
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