(Taken the same day she got the cast. She's growling and clapping. Her two favorite things to do.)
As mentioned earlier, we had a little accident this week. Basically, it involved me having a dumb mom moment and allowing my 10 month old to fall off the changing table. It was horrible. By far the worst day we've had so far. We made it 10 months without really having any accidents, but this one sure made up for that. It took a while to figure out her leg was hurting and not her head. When a baby falls I automatically think head injury, so we spent the day checking for signs of a concussion and didn't really think anything of the fact that she didn't want to crawl, stand, or do anything but be held. Once we figured it out we were able to get her some help. X-ray's showed that she had a fractured femur and they were able to splint the bone before we saw the specialist that afternoon for a cast.
The cast made everything a lot better because it only really hurts when her leg was bumped or moved. Now it's stuck in one place and she has gone back to basically being her normal self. Getting into trouble...
Crawling around....I'm sure you know the drill.
It hasn't seemed to slow her down too much. Kids adapt so easily. But we're trying to keep her off her leg as much as possible. We were originally told she would need a half body cast (up her left leg, above the belly button, and half way down the other leg), but they opted to try this one because it would be easier and more sanitary for a baby (to change diapers and such) and the fracture was low enough on the femur that it would be able to heal.
So we are being very careful. She spends most of her days laying on the ground, playing with toys and watching more TV than I would like to admit.
Any ideas for activities not involving her legs would be much appreciated. She's getting really restless and bored.
Well that was pretty close to a novel, but I just wanted to say thanks for all the sweet comments earlier this week. It's been a little hard to deal with. More for her than for me, I'm sure, but I can't help but feel embarrassed/guilty/sad that I let this happen. It's hard to go anywhere without getting comments and stares....it's not every day that you see a baby this small with a cast. And the doctors made it very clear that it doesn't happen very often and asked me a million questions about how it DID happen (they were just doing their jobs and looking out for my child so I am grateful they cared, but it still hurt. I try to be a good mom and I would never do anything to intentionally hurt my little girl).
But we're moving on. One month until we return to normal. One month till she can start trying to walk again (she was getting so close before), one month before I can spend my days crawling after her instead of laying next to her. We can do it. Far worse things could happen.
Anyways, I am sorry for the lack of craftiness this week. I have hardly touched the machines but I did manage to make a cute little dress by using this tutorial from Shwin and Shwin.
I did the collar and buttons a little different, and I put the elastic casing on the outside instead of the inside. I also hemmed the sleeves by folding twice outward so that the hem ended up on the outside. Thats my favorite part.
Oh and I added the pleated pocket. I love gray and yellow. Especially if it involves polka dots and florals. It looks better on the model, but I didn't want to torture her with a photo shoot today. Sorry. Maybe I'll snag some pictures when she actually wears it.
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