This time, we got a souvenir


Last time there was a trip to the doctor on the weekend, we didn’t get to take anything home with us.

This time…this time was very different.

Sunday morning I was getting the girls ready for church. I was sitting at the bottom of the stairs with #1 in front of me putting her hair in “two ponytails!”

#2 crawled up past us. She has climbed up the stairs a million times, always under close supervision.

I was sitting right there.

Before I knew it, it happened.

I heard the thud, and the sound of slipping.

By the time I turned around, a saw #2 flipping down the stairs. Head over feet and feet over head.

I’m pretty sure it was only 4 or 5 steps, but it was terrifying.

I caught her and scooped her up and she screamed.

She wailed.

She cried and wanted to be held.

I held her and rocked her. I looked her over for any signs of injury. I pushed here and there with no noticeable response.

After about 10 minutes, she calmed down. We thought she was just scared.

I should have known something was off when I tried to put on her shoes and she whimpered, but I thought she was being sensitive.

We went to church. We were volunteering with the 4-5 year olds. My gut told me to bring #2 with us. I’m so glad we did.

She crawled over to Mr. Serious and pulled up on his leg. She immediately cried. She didn’t put any weight on her right leg.

I knew something wasn’t right.

We continued to watch her. No weight on the right leg. She just wanted to be held.

So we held her. We talked to a woman at church who is an orthopedic nurse. She checked her out. She said to take her to the pediatric orthopedic specialist on Monday.

I couldn’t wait. I remembered the Children’s hospital had an urgent care center that allowed for call ahead appointments.

We arrived at 6:45pm promptly for our appointment.

X-rays were performed and read.

“She has a buckle fracture in her leg. If it were an adult, it would have broken.”

And, then the nurse came in with supplies. Splint supplies. She was bringing in our souvenir.

My baby. My precious little 12 month old had a splint put on her leg. Her little chubby, perfect leg. I don’t know how I didn’t cry.

She did so good. She was the best baby ever. She is the best baby.

Today we went to the pediatric orthopedic specialist. He confirmed it. A distal fracture in both her tibia and fibula. Both bones.

And, we left there with a souvenir as well. One of the purple fiberglass kind.

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And, the purple? #2 totally picked it out. The technician came in with the color choices, and she immediately picked purple. Yes, she totally knows what she wants.

My little precious #2 has a purple cast on her leg for 3-4 weeks. She is scheduled to get it removed the day before Thanksgiving.

Thankfully, she is being a very good sport. She is still giving us some smiles and loving on us. She is having a hard time moving around and it is making her very frustrated.

#1 is being a good big sister and trying to help out. She likes to try to console #2 by telling her “it’s okay. You have a big purple thing on your leg.”

Thankfully, the bouncy seat was still out, so #2 was able to have a good time.

And, to show you just how well she’s taking it, here’s a video I caught of the girls and I playing together.

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  1. OMG, what a scary moment.

    Hope she recover soon.

    Have a nice week.

  2. Oh my goodness! I am SOOOOO sorry!!!!!! Your poor little darling! But just looking at those picture of her gorgeous smile – and then seeing that video of her laughing – what a sweet sound that is – made me smile, too.. despite what she went through… I am glad the cast is coming off the day before your Thanksgiving – talk about something to be really thankful for, huh? I hope she continues to stay cheerful… good luck, mama! HUGS!

  3. Oh that's awful! I thought you were going to say a toe or something, not two bones. Poor little girl. Yet she manages to keep smiling.

    I have to say that the look of casts these days is far nicer than what we sported. I'm glad she doesn't have to wear it for that long!

  4. Poor baby! I always had a fear of that when we lived in a house with stairs a few years ago. But then I guess everyone that has them does and just doesn't expect it to actually happen. Glad to hear she doesn't have to wear it too long!

  5. Oh no! How scary!!! I glad it was nothing more serious but man poor little thing.

  6. OMG, I think I would have flipped out watching her fall. You are probably lucky that she didn't have a head injury. I feel so bad for her with that big ole purple cast. Poor baby girl.

    But as usual, their beautiful smiles are shining through. I love listening to her laugh. Baby laughs are the most fun to listen to.

  7. that is seriously the cutest little purple cast i have ever seen!!

    loving the giggles friend…she is edible 🙂

  8. Oh, honey! I am SO sorry 🙁 It's so scary when they get hurt. Poor N and poor momma–sending you some {{hugs}}

  9. bless her heart. i won't be letting my neely anywhere near the stairs for a while after seeing this, though. i'm glad she's taking it in stride.

  10. I couldnt believe this when I saw this on facebook..poor little girl!
    Love the purple though! She looks adorable still! lol
    I love that Izzy teels her its a big purple thing! lol Thats awesome!

  11. I know all too well what it's like to get casted. One time I had hot pink and another time purple.

    I'm so glad she's doing well. It doesn't surprise me though because babies and young children adapt to things quickly and bounce back faster.

  12. I forgot to add that I've never broken a bone on purpose, LOL. I always joke that the doctors did it due to my surgeries.

    Hey, I have to look at the bright side when situations are tough.

  13. oh no!!! So sorry!! Both Mama and N. What a super scary moment for both of you!

    Tell them next time just a sticker would have been nice! 🙂

    Here's to hopefully a very quick 3 weeks!!!

    Does it help that I still think she is adorable?

  14. Wow…I'm so sorry. I'm glad she is okay, but how scary. I hope the next three weeks are quick! Isn't it amazing how the second one gets injured more than first one.

  15. I can only imagine the terror you felt – it makes me want to cry just thinking about it. Poor little thing (and poor mommy!). Hope she copes with it well – it's only a few weeks but I'm sure it will feel like a lifetime.

  16. Awww! Poor little one!! 🙁 So so so sorry to hear about her accident.

  17. So scary! Glad to see she's okay. Those giggles are adorable.

  18. I've watched my son break his arm twice…not fun. So glad that N is doing OK and rockin' that purple cast. And baby laughter is so infectious…LOVE!

  19. Poor N! I'm glad it was nothing more serious and that she was okay in the end. Good job getting it looked at and listening to your instincts!

  20. Oh my, poor little sweetie. But yes, these things happen, don't they? I'm glad it wasn't worse and that she handled getting the cast so well. And she's still sporting that amazing smile!

    I bet you can't wait for Thanksgiving, huh?


  21. MOMS gut feelings are right all the time! Glad everything is going to be OK! She is so adorable in that purple cast! I hope you have a wonderful week and hopefully are able to relax some!

  22. I'm so glad she's okay. How scary!

    My son once tumbled down some stairs and it was a frightening experience. I remember screaming, "Oh no. TOMMY!" at the top of my lungs.

  23. She IS the best baby ever! WOW, I'm impressed!! She seems so happy.
    You poor mama, you must have been so scared!!

  24. oh you poor things! (both of you!) i'm so glad she is okay!

  25. Poor N. You stay so amazingly calm. I hope I can stay as calm as you are during a crisis!

  26. Sparkette says:

    Aww, poor sweet baby girl! Glad she is in good spirits!

  27. Aww poor baby! At least it looks like she's taking it very well! You are sooo much better than I am. My son got a HUGE knot on his forehead and I cried. You are always so calm.

  28. Poor baby! (and mommy!!)

    She doesn't look up set by it in the least though! Always smiling… So adorable!

  29. Poor baby! That happened to me too with Kira, and I will never forget her going end over end!
    Poor N! Hope she heals soon and can weather the cast wearing cheerfully!
    Good catch Momma!

  30. Oh my goodness, I'm so glad she is okay. That's so scary, thank goodness you were able to catch her. She looks as happy as can be with her little purple leg.

  31. Oh my goodness! Terrifying! Still, I'm glad she's OK. And she's still adorable, cast and all!

  32. So sorry this happened but that cast is the cutest thing I've ever seen. {Is that terrible to say?} I hope Nat feels better soon!

  33. It is SO scary when kids fall down the stairs! Tate fell down the stairs – head first a few months back. I think I was shaking for at least a week after that experience. Oh my. I'm glad she's ok though…and hopefully that broken leg heals up real well…and real fast too! 🙂

  34. Southern Savvy says:

    Awww…poor baby! But, I'm glad that it wasn't worse! She still looks happy, what a trooper!

  35. Legally Fabulous says:

    Poor thing! At least she seems to be in good spirits. Hoping the next 3-4 weeks go by quickly!

  36. Oh poor baby..I actually teared up reading that! But then I watched that hilarious video…there is nothing sweeter to me than that infectious baby giggling! 🙂

  37. Poor baby girl! Love to see that she is still her happy little self though! 🙂

  38. Krystyn, oh no! The purple cast is adorable though… I hope she is feeling better and that are too 😉

  39. Aaawww, that's so sad. Matthew broke his arm in February. He didn't end up with a permanent cast, but the kind you can take off when they bathe. It was so sad. He was about 14 months at the time. He climbed up his high chair, stood up on it and tried to reach for something on the counter. My husband and I were both right there and neither of us could get there fast enough. I felt like the worst parent ever. Thankfully he healed quickly and wonderfully.

  40. Poor little girl! How are your holding up?! That must have been so scary.

  41. Oh, poor N…….and poor mama!……I recall how scared I was when TigerBoy knocked his head on the table and got a good ole bump!……So that must have been really scary……
    Glad she did well……such a little trooper!

  42. Smart A$$ Mom says:

    sweet bunny! She is such a trooper, though! I remember both of my kids falling down the stairs, and it is damn scary.

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