Yesterday, Charlie had a big day full of developmental leaps. I was thrilled when she tried hand to mouth feeding for the first time. I was amazed when she attempted to overtake the coffee table. I had to keep from crying when she scaled my lap and climbed into my arms. It was certainly a day for the baby book.
I am not entirely sure what happened before bed. I do know that it was one of those things. From what I have been told, Charlie’s dad was performing her bed time ritual. On the way to the crib, he placed her in the floor to quickly change her crib sheet. He was either unaware of or underestimated Charlie’s new found skills. She seized the opportunity and escaped with a great speed. Before anyone could react, she tumbled down half the staircase.
Charlie seemed unscathed but her dad and I were shaken.
We made a late night visit to the emergency room for reassurance.
Until last night, my husband had always mocked me for having a “go bag”. I keep Charlie’s diaper bag packed and by the door with her medical information close at hand. I am familiar with the location and specialties of all the available Emergency Rooms in the area. Experience has been an excellent teacher in being prepared and making quick decisions. It took us less than a minute to get in the car and head out.
After a head to toe examination, Charlie was deemed unharmed. On the other hand, her dad and I may need some time to recover.