Monday, November 12, 2012

Smiles to Stitches. Pajamas to ER.

With all the makings of a good day....what could go wrong?

A backyard pajama party, warm weather all weekend and Landon's nasty virus fading away,
we took full advantage and stayed outdoors, as much as possible.
Lance was away this weekend. The timing of his return was planned perfect for his end of the season football party.
Our twin nephews turned 1 this weekend and the gifts were wrapped and party ready.

So with all the to-do's taken care of and half of them rescheduled for another weekend, outdoors we went!

We played with rocks. ***More on rocks later.....

We counted rocks. We threw rocks. We stacked rocks. We did all "boy things" rocks.

We checked on the bird bath. Poor bird bath. Needs a cleaning and water.

Did I mention this was a pajama party? Robes, fake Ug's, bed hair and all?!

I think we should have more of these PJ parties. Landon completely agrees.
We sang Itsy-Bitsy Spider and many, many rounds of the Wheels Go Round n' Round.

Finally it was time to go in and get ready for the big day ahead.
Booooooo. We were having so much fun!

I left a little extra time in our schedule to play, out front, in the leaves before heading to the twins birthday party. I packed all that we would need for the car ride and the evenings football party.
Dad had left during naptime for the birthday party and we were just about ready to leave and join the fun.

What I hadn't planned ...was a trip to the ER.

Nothing too major. But....major enough to nearly send me into a panic and get Landon 3 stitches.
Sweet Landon had left the pile of leaves for rocks.

This little boy loves him some balls, trucks, and ROCKS.
Except, he never meant to fall off the bottom step into the rocks.
Poor guy stood up from his fall, with a rock -literally- stuck in his forehead.
Screaming, crying, and bleeding worse than you would think, I scooped him up and rushed inside.
I cleaned the area best I could and quickly pulled out the rock.
At this point I was able to apply pressure and somewhat, stop the bleeding.

Then I called grandma!
Now, my poor mom!
I simply said, "Mom, I need you to come over and help me decide if Landon needs stitches, thanks, Bye!"

(why was I even questioning this?!? the child just had a rock in his forehead. call it optimism, being wishful & hopeful, or the faint at heart)

Lucas was a good 30 minutes away at the party and I worried that if I called him, at this point in time, Landon's screams and my blunt question might have caused him to oh, you know, friek out a bit!

So off to the ER we went.
While in route, Lucas got the phone call. He was surprisingly calm!
We completely missed the birthday party. And Grandma saved the rest of the day by taking Lance to his football party.

3 hours later, 3 stitches later, 1 Mickey Mouse band-aid later, and 8,379 kisses later -we made our way back home. Landon did ok. Now that he's home, he's much better.

Poor little man. He's been through so much.
The ER didn't have the anesthetic 'of choice' in stock so instead of waiting an additional hour for it to be delivered...we opted for the alternative. (needle)
(what an evil place to put two parents, not an easy decision to make)
It's a horrible, horrible feeling having to stand by, helpless to your child's cry.
It outraged me that our son had to go through the worse of the two evils simply because someone hadn't checked their list twice. This 'overlook' caused an ER to be out of stock of the one item that would have prevented a lot of pain for our son.

It still baffles me how this all happened. It was as quick as a snap, a clap, a wink. And I guess that's how these things happen. He doesn't have a single scrape on either hand or knee. His little nose is red and blue. His forehead is torn and sutured, now bruising and forming a knot. I thank God his fall wasn't any worse.

He's a tough guy. A real champ.
He understands his cuts need our attention and he likes his Mickey Mouse band-aids.
I think, I better stock up on those :)

No matter how well you plan your day.....accidents can happen.
So, make sure you start your day with a backyard, pajama party and pack for the unexpected!

Do you plan for the unexpected and over pack the diaper bag?
Have you had a similar occurrence with your little ones? Do share!

And, as mentioned already, do have a pajama party in your backyard!

*I've got some fitness posts in the works. Hang ten, they'll be up soon!
I'm excited to share with you some great news and other places you'll find me highlighted.

* I've linked this post to Embrace the Camera. The beautiful Emily over at Anderson Family Crew host this party and I just couldn't resist the fun! Head over and check it out for yourselves :)

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Anonymous said...

oh my gosh!! unfortunately...I completely understand! we too have been there..the last time instead of stitches, they glued the was on his chin. the glue was a lot easier! good luck, and glad you are all fine!! scary tough..every time....
i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
have an uneventful rest of the week!

Sybil@PeaceitallTogether said...

Sounds like your weekend was full of ups and downs. Never been to the ER for stitches with my kiddos,, but have had one with a broken leg. Thanks for the follow. Will be following you. Looking forward to reading more about your family!

Becca said...

Hi, I'm a new follower from MMM. Your poor little guy. We had our first major head injury this past August while camping, my son's head gushed the whole hour long drive home, we opted for the glue over stitches. Hope your guys head heals quickly.

Kristine -Heart Shaped Sweat said...

A broken leg! Ouch!!!

Kristine -Heart Shaped Sweat said...

My oldest son had the "glue" too! You're right, it was a lot easier.
I wish it had been an option for my youngest. Trust me, I asked. Twice!
Looking forward to checking out your space, a mom of 8...oh,my. I can't imagine the stories and lessons you have to tell!

Kristine -Heart Shaped Sweat said...

I can't imagine an hour long drive like that!
Poor guy and poor Mom! That must have been so hard :(
Glad you found me through MMM, I've really enjoyed that hop!
I'll be visiting soon!

Lauren @ Style Elixir said...

Hi Kristine!

These are such adorable photos!! So cute! I hope his little head is ok now. I just discovered your blog through the hop - I'm following on GFC now and look forward to reading more :)

Lauren @

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