Thursday, January 13, 2011

Injured. Injured Bad.

While at work this afternoon, I sent Nathan an email saying: "I just cried for the last hour on the phone with a Federal contracting officer. This has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. I don't even remember the last time I cried because I was angry/upset."

His response: "Sorrryy!!! I love you! Also, don't freak out.....but baby got hurt today."

Of course, I freaked out. He assured me everything was okay and explained that earlier, Eliza had cut her mouth on the side of the table as she attempted to crawl off of a chair (yesterday's post was serious foreshadowing). I imagined the worst; however, all seemed to be well when I arrived home. Shortly afterward, we put her down for her afternoon nap.

An hour later, Nathan emerged from the nursery with Eliza in his arms. She was covered from head to neck in blood. It was all over her sheets and even in her hair. Freak out number two. Nathan was even convinced we should go to the hospital for stitches when we saw that her gums WERE COVERING HER FRONT TEETH. I don't even know how that's possible.

I immediately called Dental Urgent Care and spoke with a dentist, who said: "We don't stitch gums, especially not on children. The mouth heals quickly. She probably just tore the gums and bit through her lip. Apply pressure and don't worry about coming in unless her teeth become lose or seem as though they could fall out."

And with that advice, we have been hanging out with a 16 month old, who loves touching everything with her bloody little hands. She puts her hands in her mouth (no matter what we do) and then touches us..or the carpet..or the cream chairs...or HER STRING CHEESE. And there is blood on all of it.

I don't handle this kind of stress/trauma well. Seeing your child covered in blood is not something I ever want to go through again. Thankfully, Nathan has been cool, calm, and collected. While he entertained a blood covered baby, I bought this:

It helped.


  1. Ah, retail therapy. There is nothing like it. Just waiting for a bad day to bring me those Toms boots!

    I accidentally chopped off the tip of Baby 2's finger a few weeks ago while cutting his nails (worst. mother. ever.). He was over it within 3 seconds BUT his finger bled forever. And he's 8 months old and physically incapable of sitting still. I'm still finding bloodstains around the house.

    Freckles in April

  2. Oh Celia I'm so sorry. I had a big old crying fiasco with the people last week. I should have bought something! You'll look lovely in that dress. I hope tomorrow is better, both for you and Eliza's oral health.

  3. Oh Noes! Poor baby Eliza! Give her lots of kisses for me.

    Hooray on the dress! You better wear it this summer so I can see it on you.

  4. Love the dress. I feel so badly for your baby girl. it's true..the mouth does heal fast! Brighton is proof of that.

  5. Hi Celia, sorry about your baby girl's injury! I like when people use the phrase "don't freak out". Nothing makes you freak out more. Send me your email and visit us

  6. pretty much i love you! Pretty much i am so so so so sorry Eliza got hurt. But the dress is going to look amazing on you! I'm so sorry about your miscarriage. I love you and know you are just so incredibly amazing! I'm gonna be in Utah in two weeks and i would LOVE LOVE to see you if i could. Maybe? I would love love love it!


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