An Unwanted First & A Few Parenting Lessons
We had another first this weekend. And, unlike most of the firsts we’ve experienced so far this one was the type of first that I think no mother ever looks forward to.
Little MPB was playing with our pots and pans – one of his absolute favourite things to do. And he dropped one of the pots on his foot. Something that has happened before, not ideal but really not a big deal.
But this time, that pot landed and he instantly started screaming, and not a good scream but also not a I’m really hurt scream. We assumed he just startled himself. So, I picked up Little MPB to give him a good snuggle and kiss him better while Mr. MPB continued cooking dinner.
As Little MPB and I were snuggling I inspected his foot and determined all was fine. But he was still pretty upset and so we continued to snuggle. A a few minutes later I noticed blood on the floor. Confused I re-inspected and determined that that I inspected the wrong foot!!
Needless to say Little MPB was bleeding which no parent ever wants to see for the first time!
But he wouldn’t stop moving long enough for me to get a good look. So, with Mr. MPB help, we managed to inspect the correct foot! We determine that it wasn’t that bad and didn’t need stitches. But, it did need to be cleaned and it did need a Band-Aid put on it until the bleeding stopped.
Well, it turns out we weren’t at all prepared for this first. All we could find in our house was hydrogen peroxide to clean the cut and needless to say Little MPB was not a fan! And it took us 4 Band-Aids until we managed to get one on his toe!
So, our parenting lesson this weekend were:
- Irrational parent guilt is real – I didn’t hurt him yet I felt insanely responsible for his injury and couldn’t stop apologizing to him.
- One must inspect the entire child for injury.
- Purchase child friendly wound sterilizing supplies.
- Improve wiggly toddler Band-Aid applying skills.
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