I was making lunch with my toddler at my feet. He’d only been walking a short time, so he was still unstable. I didn’t want to step over him very few seconds, so I came up with a great idea: sit him on the counter. At first, I tried to work with the food with one hand and hold onto him with the other, just in case he toppled over. But it wasn’t working. So I let go, planning to stay close and keep an eye on him. That was my mistake. As soon as I pulled my hand away, he teeter-tottered. And I wasn’t fast enough to stop him. I felt like I was in a movie. You know the kind of scene: slow motion, hero running with arms in the air, classical music playing in the background. Two seconds seemed like two hours. And while I watched him plummet to the tile floor, a thousand thoughts flew through my head. What have I done to my baby? What if he breaks his neck? What kind of mother am I? Why did I put him on the counter? What if we have to go the hospital? What will I tell my husband? You get the idea.
You already know the result – he landed on his head. He shrieked and I swept him into my arms. No broken neck, no blood. A bump started to rise on the side he landed on. But nothing more. I feared a concussion so I watched for other symptoms. But he had lunch and went off to play, like nothing ever happened. No vomiting. No sleepiness. Just the same happy kid. Whew! I thanked God and gave my son a few extra hugs that day.
My conclusion: Kids are resilient. (Thank God!) They bounce back like little rubber-bands. Of course, I don’t recommend dropping them on their heads. But if you do, know that you’re not the only one who’s done it. And you won’t be the last.
P.S. – I just remembered that my other son also got dropped on his head….with the same results. Another rubber-band!
Has it happened to you? Share your story. I’d love to hear it.