The Stairs that Broke My Baby's Leg

Nearly 9 years ago, my then-toddler broke her leg. More accurately, I broke her leg.

It happened so quickly — and it’s the reason I never, ever wear socks on the stairs.

I was walking down the stairs with my toddler on my hip, just like you do, when my foot slipped. I went down, pulling my daughter on top of me so she wouldn’t get hurt. But, it was too late. I landed on the leg she had wrapped around my back. The femur snapped in two, and she wore a hip-spica for 6 weeks.

The guilt lasted far longer. Tears threaten even today, as I tell this story. But, she runs, she plays sports, she shows no ill effects. So, it’s time to let some of the guilt go. First, I blamed the socks. This is why there is often a pile of dirty socks on the bottom step.

Then, I began transferring a bit of the blame to those slippery stairs. I thought it was the carpet, but every time we thought about pulling it up and painting the stairs, I panicked. We considered laminate when we replaced the downstairs flooring several years ago, but I worried it would be just as slippery.

But, it’s time. I’m ready to get rid of the evil carpet that broke my baby’s leg. We just bought a flooring paint that’s supposed to reduce slipping. Plus, Home Depot sells stair treads in a variety of shapes and sizes. I think that will be the end result of my new “blame the stairs” project, even though I don’t really like the way it looks.

I just need to know that my stairs will finally be safe. But, mostly, I need to get the last reminder of that horrible 6 weeks out of my house.

Photo Credit: Flickr user kiry

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