Um yeah. About that…
Up-front disclaimer: baby Paul is fine, but last Friday night was kinda scary.
Yes, the unthinkable happened. My husband accidentally dropped Paul.
It was Friday night around 5:30pm, by far the most hectic part of the day at my house. I was in the kitchen prepping dinner, the other 3 kids were being hyper and crazy as always, and my husband had just walked in the door from a long day at work. I was feeling overwhelmed and immediately handed Paul over to him so I could finish up getting dinner on the table.
My 2-year-old called out and needed help with something in the mudroom, so my husband goes in (still holding Paul) to help Gage (my 2-year-old) out. Michael bends down to grab Gage’s arm, and immediately loses his balance and slips on the tile floor.
Picture it: My husband falls back, baby Paul is instantly startled and lunges forward. Paul falls out of my husbands arms, at an approximate height of 24″ from the floor.
Michael quickly recovers, grabs Paul and comes back in the kitchen to tell me what happened, and to check Paul out. We are both completely shocked at what just happened.
To make a long story short, we immediately called our doctor and researched “what to do when you drop the baby.” Yeah, that’s a Google search you’d rather avoid at all costs.
For your parental reference, if you ever do drop your baby, here’s a quick list of BAD symptoms to watch for:
- loss of consciousness
Other than being very very cranky (I imagine he had a serious headache), and a small red spot on this forehead, Paul didn’t appear to have any of the above symptoms. Friday night neither my husband or I slept very well, as we both kept getting up to check on baby Paul’s status. Fortunately, everything appeared normal.
Today Paul had his 4-month checkup. He’s doing great, and his doctor said he more than likely suffered from a very mild concussion, although we’ll probably never know.
Looking back, it definitely was a very scary circumstance. My husband still feels completely terrible about it, but I keep reminding him that it wasn’t his fault, and that accidents do happen, even to the most seasoned parent.
But yes, it only took having a 4th kid, but we finally dropped the baby.
Has anything scary like this ever happened to you?
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