We've been very lucky when it comes to our kids.
They didn't get sick (i.e. colds or flus) until after their first birthday.
And we haven't really dealt with injuries to either of them in the 18 months since they were born.
This changed the other night when Ana decided to get in a fight with the fireplace.
Our girls are surprisingly careful. They crawl up the stairs one step at a time making sure both knees are on each step. They go down the stairs or any step/ledge backwards. They actually get on their hands and knees and crawl down each step. Now that they're walking, they make sure they are holding onto something secure to balance themselves as they climb things.
Basically they're a parent's dream when it comes to safety. Which obviously can't last forever, so I'm savoring it while I can.
So when my wife texted me this picture I was quite surprised:
Yes that is blood on her cheek. Yes she is eating a popsicle to calm her down.
I asked what happened. Apparently she ran into the house when they got home from a walk. She ran right into our living room because that is where all the toys are, and she tripped into the fireplace.
They may be careful, but they're still toddlers and have the coordination to match.
Before you ask why we don't have the padded corner guards on our fireplace, we actually do. We put them on there the moment they started standing. The problem is they also like to pull those guards off and carry them around, so they no longer stick very well. Ana just pulls them off at will. She also climbs onto the fireplace, sits down and kicks the guards off. So she did it to herself if you really think about it.
There was much crying. I'm glad I wasn't there because I don't do too well with my girls being in pain. But I'm also sad that I wasn't there to comfort her.
Besides the scrape on her face, you wouldn't have been able to tell that anything happened. When I got home she was still standing in her crib having a grand old time and talking to her sister from across the room.
This happened two days before their 18-month doctor appointment, so Erin was freaking out about what the doctor and nurses will think about us as parents. The doctor didn't judge (at least to our faces) and said that her scrapes and bruises were normal for her age.
The good that comes out of it: new nicknames. Scarface or Tony Mont-Ana are both totally acceptable as far as I'm concerned.