Monday, June 18, 2012

Cali's accident

So we moved into a temporary townhome, which wasn't our first choice to do, but when you don't find a house to move into before you sell your current house, you kinda gotta live somewhere...so we found a really nice townhome/apartment complex. A great pool and sand volleyball area, a cute little park just across from our apartment, lots of space with 4 bedrooms and no one above or below us. It seemed like the perfect little place to be for a little while and I was finally starting to feel a little destressed after the exhausting move. The move was so stressful and the worry that we wouldn't find a home we loved before baby came and school starting was really getting to me. I cried a lot. I was a baby. But then Memorial Day came, Joey was off, and we spent the morning swimming. I even went and got a pedicure that day(my Mothers Day gift). We had a dinner picnic at the park by our place and I remember just feeling happy again. We were living life, we were together, things would be okay. And I hadn't felt happy in awhile. Then suddently everything changed...the kids were playing on the playground when a couple of other kids came and started playing. Young kids with no parents. They were jumping off stuff and as Cali was climbing out of a tunnel the younger one, maybe 6 or 7 years old, jumps off the tunnel landing on her. I saw her hit the equipment with her head and I hear a scream like no other. I thought she had maybe hit her mouth and busted her lip but when she got up, her head was gaping open, severely cut, so bad you could see a little bit of her skull. I've never seen that much blood, it was the scariest thing ever. Joey carried her, holding and putting pressure on her head while I grabbed Ammon and we all ran to the car. I have never seen Joey look so scared in my life and that scared me. But I went into mom-mode and drove while he sat with her. I held it together surprisingly. My mind was a jumble but I remembered there was an ER close by and we were there within a few minutes. Aubrey started crying in the backseat. Ella was covering her eyes. Ammon didn't know what in the heck was going on. 7 stitches(two layers even) later, Cali was doing well. She was really really tough and brave there. She had a hard time during the lidocaine injections but once they finished that, she was relaxed and said the actual stitch part felt good and that she liked the clicking noises:) She also said when they were finished and she sat up, "My hair is all messed up now." Gotta love our Cali girl.

If its one thing I learned through this is how much I love my kids it scares me. We had never had an experience like this. And it really shook both Joey and I. All I know is every night I pray, I thank Heavenly Father that we had another day where our family was safe and protected. Because one day can change everything. We were very lucky her injury wasn't worse because we know it could've been. She could've cracked her skull or had a concussion or worse. We were thankful that didn't happen on top of the 3 inch gash right down the center of her forehead that will sadly scar her for life. I am trying to be more grateful every day for the things I often forget to be grateful for. And I'm trying to be a better mom. I also learned how much Cali's big sisters love her...to see Aubrey break down and Ella look so scared for her little sister was sad but also heartwarming. We united as a family that week to care for our Cali and make sure she was okay. Trials do make you stronger and bring families together. I also learned that whining and crying about house showings and being pregnant and tired was dumb. And an incident like this is something to really cry about. I need to stop throwing myself pity parties and woman up:) As long as my family is healthy and safe and together, what should I ever complain about?

We love you so so much Cali and are glad you are okay! xoxo

Pictures of Cali with packages from both sets of grandparents. She was very spoiled by her favorite thing in the world: Candy! Thanks everyone for the outpouring of love! She also had one of her little friends from school and church bring her a get well gift. It was so sweet. And no, I'm not going to post pics of the actual stitches/cut. They just make me too sad to look at. You can see in the first picture though that her face is a bit swollen because it was just a couple of days after the accident.




2 comments:

jOeY said...

reading that made relive the experience. :( i'm glad you blogged it though. it serves as a reminder to me to again always be grateful for every moment we have together. love u cali girl.

Tara D. said...

Love you Cali!!! So glad that you're much better. What a horrible thing for all of you to have gone through. :-(