Saturday, November 24, 2007


Eldest Hobbit fell down the stairs in a most spectacular fashion the other day.

There is a moment, when you realise the noise you are hearing is not a normal thumping of heavy size 12 feet but a rather different sound. Heart in mouth I literally leaped to the bottom of the stairs in time to see him end his cartwheel in a heap at my feet. Nothing was broken, the only memento he has are two bruises, one on his hip another on his knee.

I am ashamed to say he is not the first to take the express route. When they were 18 months old Youngest Hobbit escaped from the stair-gate (we binned the damn thing after it became apparent the adults in the house were the only ones to find it troublesome to open.) The next thing, that sound of child hitting steps, filled me with horror. I rushed him to hospital, sure I would be told that I had broken my own child and what an awful parent I was!

"Don't worry about it," the doctor said nonchalantly, "babies bounce."

I won't mention the fact that Eldest Hobbit's first visit to hospital happened after he dug his tiny 4-month-old feet into his changing table mat, gave an almighty push and shot off the end of it. Their hapless father was in charge that day, it very nearly ended him. Say no more.


Pewari Naan said...

Poor eldest hobbit :(

Akra Jr came down the stairs for the first time at only a few months old - while I was carrying him. I missed a step and ended up travelling down all the stairs the express way on my back (protective instinct was to go backwards rather than forwards to protect the baby).

He escaped with just a bruise on his arm (from connecting with the stairgate at the bottom - for some reason as a paranoid first time mother we had the stairgates up REALLY early, way before he could crawl) - whereas I had back pain for over a week. Ouch!

TwoIfBySea said...

Ouch indeed!

It is just that awful thought - OMG their neck! Did it break? Then - what a bad mother am I!

Pewari Naan said...

I think very young children don't generally hurt themselves as much when they fall (at least compared to an adult) as they're more relaxed. We know what's coming and tense up, ultimately causing more damage!!

You're not a bad mother. I don't know anyone who hasn't had a "stairs incident" at some time or other (actually, thinking about it... youngest son has had a couple of incidents too, but not the whole length of the stairs, just a few steps).

On the bright side, it's a great object lesson on Why You Should Not Mess About On The Stairs. Learning experience!