Friday, March 21, 2008

yvett the horrible mom

A friend of mine and her kids were over yesterday. We've become fast friends because her older son and Brianna are in the same classroom and Alec and her younger son are in the same classroom. Plus, we live less than a block away from each other. We hadn't seen in each other in about two weeks so it seemed like were dying to talk to each other and the kids were dying to play together.
The little ones had been playing in Alec's room, the older ones on the Wii, then they all decided to go outside. They were out there for a while and the older ones decided they wanted to play some more on the Wii. The little boys stayed outside playing. Because I am a terrible mother, I didn't think anything of it. A few minutes later . . . whack . . . a LOUD scream . . . then Alec at the door . . . blood EVERYWHERE . . . I ran to him with my friend Sara closely behind . . Alec was holding his head and when he took his hand off and saw all the blood he started crying and screaming. Brianna and her friend started crying and screaming "Oh my God" over and over. I grabbed Alec and took him to the bathroom leaving a trail of blood through the kitchen and hall. I started cleaning him up but really I just wanted to see what had happened . . what was going on? It turns out that he and his friend had decided to play golf using a baseball bat. Alec stood too close behind and got hit in the head. You know how when you get a hit in the head or the nose there's soooooooo much blood? Well, four year-olds don't know this until they see it. In the family room, Brianna and her friend kept crying. I calmed her down by asking her for help. She went and grabbed some face towels for me. Alec's little friend was outside FREAKED out thinking he was in trouble and also crying. I knew my friend felt terrible. I imagine I'd feel the same way if it had been the other way around and it very easily could have been. The cut on Alec's head looked to me like it was deep. Then he said he wanted to lie down and I knew I had to take him to the hospital.
I really don't know how I even got there. I felt like I was in a sort of daze. The whole way I just kept talking and talking to Alec making sure he wouldn't fall asleep. I called Rodrigo and he met us at the hospital. Now, I have this image of emergency rooms filled with people waiting and moaning, but we didn't have to wait at all. They took him in right away, of course, and started doing all the initial tests and paperwork.
Lots of time and things passed but this is getting to be a much longer story. . . . Alec had his skin glued together. Instead of stitches, they used that skin glue. He had the staff laughing with his golf with a baseball bat story and by the time we were ready to leave, nurses were giving him cookies and chatting with him.
After we were all home, our moms called and the kids in bed, I started crying. I felt like the worst mom in the world. Rodrigo was really comforting and understanding. He thinks this is one of those "boys will be boys" kind of things, but I still think that I should've taken better care of him. My poor baby is going to have a scar now. Aww. . . .
So, that was my day yesterday. How was yours?

feeling: lousy
listening to: The Bravery (Believe)


Nanette said...

Oh, wow! Sounds like you handled it like a pro, though!

Jesser said...

Aww Yvett!! I'm so sorry that happened, but do NOT feel like a bad mom. Things like that happen and you feel awful because your little guy was hurt, but really, it wasn't your fault!! He will bounce back like a little rubber ball. And you handled the whole situation wonderfully. I totally freak when I see blood ... I doubt I could've done so well.

Hoping for a better day today for you!

Bailey said...

You are not a horrible mom! Boys will be boys and they will have scraps and scars and fall down and have cuts and bruises. It's all a part of being a kid. Just think back to when you were a kid. Heck, I broke an arm and laid in the snow crying for 10 minutes before I realized my dad couldn't hear me and I had to get up and go inside on my own.

Elaine said...

Bailey's story cracked me up. Reminded me of when I fell off the roof and didn't start crying until everybody was around to see me. He will be just fine. You did good.

Anonymous said...

Aaack! Didn't read your post till today. I hope Alec is feeling better. You are so not a bad mommy!!


Jodi said...

I think it's one of those things that happens, especially with boys. My brothers went to the ER so much that my parents were worried Social Services would be called.