So it seems as though I misinterpreted my coupon omen this morning or misunderstood…maybe I wasn’t meant to open that box of tea until tomorrow? Either way today was not exactly a good day.
It was the sort of day that seems like it is going to be good and then throws you a curve ball. For me this curve ball came in the form of a toddler, my toddler, falling face first over the edge of a shopping cart. It goes without saying that her face met the floor with a very loud smack which was followed buy a very large, loud, and long scream and a lot of crying. Oh, and a crowd of women converging on me and my injured daughter with looks that said “she shouldn’t have been standing in the cart.”
And yes I know she shouldn’t have been standing in the cart. I also know that she knows she should not stand in the cart.
No matter how many times I blame myself for this incident or how guilty I feel over it, the reality is that it was not my fault. My sweet, independent, fearless almost-two-year-old decided to go against my instructions to SIT ON YOUR BOTTOM! and instead decided that trying to climb out of the cart was a better idea. Um. It wasn’t. At all. I think she knows that now. At the very least I hope she knows that if she is going to climb out of the cart it is a better idea to NOT fling your upper body over the edge and go over head first. I hope.
Half of her face is bruised and swollen and somewhere in there, if I remember correctly is her right eye, currently there is just a big puffy purple bruise.
I was lucky today. Well I guess I was lucky if no broken bones and very little blood is luck.
So here is the public service announcement folks: duck tape your kids’ bottoms into the cart. Trust me their unhappy screaming about being stuck and wanting to move will be much more pleasant then the screaming they will produce after having their sweet little face smack the floor with a force that makes you cringe to think about. The sound Monkeys head made on impact with the floor has been ricocheting around my head all day and it is less than enjoyable to say the least.
And to think I was this close to grabbing her little leg as she fell towards the floor but gravity won out. Toddlers will be toddlers and this is why am investing in a helmet and goalie mask, rock climbing harness and a bubble wrap body suit.