Monday, February 21, 2011

Falling Softly

I can count on more than one hand the number of times I froze in panic during a real life emergency—the kind where, for one second, I wondered if maybe this was it. If maybe that semi pushing 70 merging into my lane on I-95 on the way home from my teaching conference would indeed end it all. If maybe my sister wouldn’t cough out the goo-goo cluster she was choking on and we wouldn’t laugh fifteen years later that her near death experience involved the word “goo goo cluster.” If maybe Lainey finding a bottle of hydrogen peroxide at someone else’s house meant more than just a hysterical mom on the phone and a vomit-it-all-up episode five minutes later. Unfortunately, I know what the inside of an ambulance looks like and I’ve clutched and pleaded and superstitiously made silly promises to God if he’d come make a quick fix. But, thankfully, things have ended up okay.

Saturday morning, Nella flipped back from a sitting position too abruptly and hit the back of her head on the tile (and before you brace yourself, let me preface this with…she’s totally fine). Every baby’s probably done it at some point during their first year, but this time her cry was a little off. Brett and I ran, and I scooped and pressed her close to my chest waiting for that hysterical second round of wailing that always follows the first cry and that long inhalation. But it didn’t come. She went limp, fluttered her eyelids and just kind of passed out. And I went nuts. I like to believe that during these times you’ll strangely rise to the occasion and pull yourself together like I calmly did during the RSV episode, but this time not so much. My heart took off in a wild race, I swear I stopped breathing, and I walked—in circles—stroking, patting and muttering over and over and over “She’s not okay, she’s not okay, she’s not okay.” And Brett tried to calm me down, assuring over and over and over “She’s okay, she’s okay, she’s okay.”

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It lasted only about thirty seconds. In those thirty seconds, I lost my mind and found it again, and yes, it was scary as hell. She finally opened her eyes, scanned the room, flashed a “you people are nuts” look and smiled. And I fired commands to check her status. “Nella, clap. How big is Nella? Wave bye-bye, Nella.” And she did every one of them. Our pediatrician okayed the situation and Dot (friend/nurse) came over to help us keep an eye on her and joked that after a bump to the head, Nella can speak fluent French now. Because, after really scary moments pan out to be okay, there’s still a bit of an uncomfortable emptiness, and humor fills it perfectly. Like all those “she can finally wear yellow” jokes we made when Lainey’s freaky prolonged jaundice got the all clear after our newborn spent ten long days in the hospital. Humor is a welcomed breath of relief.

Brett’s taking it out on the tile, cursing the poor porcelain squares that line our floor as if they have a personal vendetta against our kids’ heads. And, appropriately adapting to the Men are from Mars profile, he wants a solution and thinks carpet is the answer. “That’s it,” he yelled after Nella finally came to. “Blank this blankin’ tile. We’re getting carpet.” And I smile and laugh and let him have his moment because he needs it. The thing is, I get him. I get wanting to fix problems, and if we can buy cabinet locks to prevent future peroxide accidents and my sister can swear off goo goo clusters for the rest of her life, then there should be something we can do to secure the possibility that this won’t happen again.

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But you can’t cushion your kids. You can’t send them into the world bubble-wrapped and helmeted even though you want to. You can’t carpet their universe, hoping their falls will always land softly. You love and let go and thank the modern world of advancements in safety for airbags and outlet covers, baby gates and bike helmets. And when our kids fall—and they will—you scoop them and hold them and tell them it’s okay.

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But he’s still not kidding about the carpet.

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By late Saturday afternoon, I pretty much forgot it all happened, reminded here and there by a quick flash of her grin. And the rest of the weekend proceeded with a nice brew of nothingnessness plus somethingness that equals a whole lot of good.

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Friday night, we met Baltimore family Ryan and Lauren and their beautiful girls, Ava & Millie, for sunset and now I wish they lived here because we hit it off big time.

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This sweet family is just starting off on this new journey as Millie is only 12 weeks old. And though Down syndrome seems to be a little common area in our lives, we shared a lot more in common too. I loved that moment--that first hug between me and Lauren--between two mamas whose futures took a little tangent last year. And in that one hug, there is a magical transfer of pain and hope and celebration you can't explain. But we can explain that we love Millie and her beautiful family.

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Lainey wanted to wear a "fancy dress" for our frozen yogurt girls date Sunday.

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...and Swiper swipes again.

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Our family knows how to rock out some ice cream if you haven't noticed. It's our treat of choice. Except during Girl Scout cookie season...then it's Samoas and cold milk.

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Cue a change of ice-cream stained clothes followed by lazy Sunday afternoon with a trip to the lake where we pretended to fish with big sticks and cooked our invisible catch over a bundle of pinecones and dried leaves. It was delicious.

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My favorite lately? When Nella steals Lainey's puppy and Lainey flips and tattles on her.

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So, we're good. Avoiding tile but happy.

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Lainey fell asleep in her chair last night.

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Nella's rockin' her Tiny Hiney bling:

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Have a fabulous Monday! And if you fall this week, may you fall softly.

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Stephanie Gallman said...

I have never commented but I am a regular reader of your blog. I don't really know what to say other than, I think you are amazing. I think your children are amazing. Your photographs, your take on life always bring a smile to my face. Keep on doing what you're doing, because you rule at it. Happy Monday!

Mandy said...

Your little loves are beautiful!!

Meagan said...

So glad Nella is okay, everytime I hear that bang that comes when my little guy topples over I hold my breath until I hear him cry. It is awful to know he is hurt, but there is something reassuring about hearing him react to the pain. Boo to tiles!

Linda MG in Soquel, CA said...

THank GOD that Nella is ok. And i am with brett, on the carpet! Hitting the head is always somethign to take seriusly. My very tiny grandbaby fell and had a TBI - traumatic braininjury. can be AWFUL dangeruos and he was in hospital for nine days so it is so smart to be on cautious side. HE is also fine, thank God but oh, it was the worst ting we ever went thru. Hugs to little Nella, to all of you. Love to you..

Anne said...

The pictures of the girls sharing the ice cream are meant for frames :) Glad Nella is ok, but scary nonetheless!

Tristina said...

Nella's crinkled up face smile is just like my little girl's smile. I love it.

LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

Katie said...

Kelle, your photographs just scream classy. I adore the turquoise and red color combination on the girls. Nella is becoming so animated, it's a ton of fun to see her personality develop. Lainy is such a good big sister too. It seems like she has a heart full of patience and love for her baby sis.

Chad said...

Oh, I am so glad little Nella is okay and you were able to enjoy ice cream by the afternoon.

Kelly Cach said...

Clutching my heart....whew! WHEW! That's all I can say....
Much love,
Kelly & Nora (we're reading this together....as always :)

Lisa Brown said...

Your blog is always so refreshing. Your stories and photos are always amazingly inspirational! And... glad everything is ok with Nella!

purerandomness said...

I can commiserate with your utter panic and anguish when Nella fell... because I've been there. My son fell down a full flight of hardwood stairs, bouncing his precious head on each one of them and I was powerless to stop it. Running after him as he fell, shrieking all the way, but still powerless. It's quite possibly the worst feeling in the whole world. :(
So glad to hear Nella is ok! Hope your family is accident-free for a long, long time.

kristine said...

The larger picture of Lainey gives you a hint of how she will look as a grownup Love your blog Glad Nella is ok Kris

Lisa "Mrs Kool" Koedyker said...

First of all...I'm glad Nella was ok! Our 7 month old did the same thing the other night, and I was calm enough because my in laws were over and said he was fine. Secondly...I love reading your blog, and have been inspired to start one of my own. Thirdly...I'm hoping to have a girl someday, and would love to buy ALL of your little girl clothes from you! WHAT GREAT STYLE you & they have. God bless you...

Kelsee said...

So glad that little cutie is ok!! Those moments are never fun. Love the pic where Lainey is feeding Nella Yogurt so cute.

Vonda said...

This made my heart sink. Reminded me of the time I took my twin daughters, who were about Nella's age, to the park by myself for the first time. Let them slide down the slide where I'd catch them at the bottom, but as the one came down a little fast and flew off the bottom into the dirt, I realized in 1 second that she was hurt. She was limp and purple and not breathing and I nearly had an aneurysm. SCREAMED at the top of my lungs for ANYONE to help us. Seemed like she was OUT for an hour, which really was only 30 seconds, but OMG it took 10 years off my life. She had the wind knocked out of her and I will never forget this day as long as I live. Scary as hell.

Karen said...

So glad that the girls are ok. You are a great mama :) Big squeezy virtual hug.

Ojibirish10 said...

Oh god, it never ends. Ever.
My 13 year old step daughter passed out in the bathroom a few months ago while I was brushing her hair and I was hysterical! Crying and shaking her shoulders and laying on the bathroom floor (which in our house is like a profession of love, cause, eeewwwww!) and she gave me the same exact look that Nella gave you when she came to.

I'm the worst in an emergency. THE WORST! Glad Nella's just fine :)

Rik said...

Yes, we cannot bubble wrap our children and the occasional accident is part of toddler terrain...but such moments are certainly times for "Thank you God for what didn't happen!" Having been on the phone with you during those anxious moments, I rejoice all is well. During this crawling, sitting phase--unfortunately, you just have to do "The Chase," and try to make sure the sitting maneuvers happen on the carpeting...but I know she has done those maneuvers out on the driveway as well, and carpeting really doesn't work well out there. Those girls are certainly looking like sisters--and how nice to have met Millie and Ava and their parents! I am duly impressed Lainey shares the sacred puppy with her sister--that means alot!

Poppa

SarcasmInAction said...

As a mom I totally understand those moments of terror we sometimes face during mommyhood. I'm so glad Nella's ok. Give her a love squeeze for me.

Sherri said...

Kelle, again I wish I really knew you, so that I could give ya hug... This post touched me in a very personal mommy place. So happy that Nella is A-OK:) I love all these bloggy friend connections you have been sharing with us...so very freakin cool!! Cutest swiper ever & I love that Lainey doesn't really seem to mind!xo

Kate said...

You described Mommy Panic perfectly. My giant dog knocked down my one year old, and her eyes glazed over for maybe 10 seconds but I was ready to hit the hospital. Your Nella/spoon set reminds me of my Natalie (only 9 days older than Nella), who is now utensil obsessed!

J Scheppl said...

AWWWW! SO scary! But SOOOO glad to hear that Nella is ok!!

jeana said...

I'm so glad Nella is okay! I loved the pictures of your new friends. Mama and babies look so beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful week Kelle!

Jo said...

the same thing happened to my 18 month old..smacked his head on the asphalt driveway and i scooped him up waiting for that all out scream only to look at his eyes roll back and his lips turn blue as he passed out. scared the blankity blank out of me. he earned his first trip in an ambulance and a nice visit to the e.r. but all was well...thank god!
glad nella bounced back so quickly!

Cara said...

So sorry for Nella! I bet you were freaked. Glad she is okay.

Janita said...

I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes...your words are so beautiful. "You can't carpet their universe,hoping their falls will always land softly." My, oh my. Doesn't that just sum up every mother's wish for her child?
ps. Tell Brett that the first time one of you spills red wine on the carpet, he'll mutter, "Stupid $%*&ing carpet. We're getting tile." True story.

Ani said...

Ack! I'm dreading the first time I experience a panicked moment like that with my little guy... 'cause I know it will happen eventually. SO glad Nella's ok. And that's it - I'm going to get ice cream today even though there's a foot of snow on the ground. Mmmm, sprinkles.

Regina said...

How Scary Kelle! SO glad that Nella is okay. Thanks for sharing Millie nd her family with us. She's such a little doll!

Randi said...

Oh how scary those moments are! I am so glad Nella is ok! (And your sister too LOL)
My little baby girl has just started sneaking her Big brothers toys away. She thinks that is so funny!

Beth Layton said...

2 summers ago i was at my sisters place. her husband had already gone to work, it was a little before 8am and i was still asleep. she and her daughter, who had just turned 1, were in the kitchen. my niece fell backwards and hit her head. she barely let out a cry, but i heard my sister's cries for my help. i run out of my bedroom (no pants on! i hate sleeping with pants on) and see my niece in my sisters arm, limp and turning blue. my heart stopped in that moment. i didn't find out until later what had happened, for all i knew she had choked, swallowed kitchen cleaner, etc...no idea! my sister ran out the door and i followed her, got to the end of the driveway and realized i can't go to the ER in panties and a tanktop! i run back in, throw on some sweats, but by that time they were gone. i run down the street to the ER. it's pouring down rain and i have on mismatched flip flops, no bra, my brother-in-laws huge baggy sweatpants that are practically falling down to me knees. i call him and tell him what happened in between gasping for air. i run into the ER still in a complete panic and i can hear her sweet cries. oh, how WONDERFUL it was to hear her crying! never thought i'd feel that way! but after seeing her unconscious, limp, turning blue....to know my sweet niece was alive and crying...incredible.

so so happy Nella is doing fine. i know how scary it is, even the hours afterward making sure each little thing she does is "normal" :)

Becca said...

So glad Nella's okay!! I've known a few of those moments of terror, and we, too, try to insulate Samantha's world for her. Wondering when we'll actually let our 4 1/2 year old go up and down steps on her own. People keep saying they've gotta fall to learn, but I am SO not ready to let her learn like that...
Beautiful pics, as always. Looking forward to seeing what carpet you pick out. LOL

Ali's Mom said...

As a parent of three - we've had several of those heart-stopping moments. So glad she's ok!! She is looking like such a big girl now - her face has just changed so much lately. You do such a wonderful job of chronicling your life - congratulations (and thanks for sharing!!) Enjoy the day!

Corisa W said...

Thanks for everything...that is all I can say!

Erin said...

So glad Nella is ok. Bret seems like a really sweet daddy. If only we could bubble wrap our kids..

TishiaJ said...

I am new to the bloggin world, and to this blog. However, I have TRULY enjoyed reading your blog. You have a such a beautiful perspectiveon the world and all it has given you. You are truly inspiring.

Alzbeta said...

What a lovely way to start my Monday... thank you :).

Michelle said...

I am so glad Nella is okay. Love the pictures of Lainey feeding Nella frozen yogurt. So precious!!!

"And if you fall this week, may you fall softly." - brilliant!

Jennifer said...

Oh my gosh, how scared I would have been too. So glad Nella is alright. And that fancy dress Lainey wore for your yogurt date is too cute!

shay said...

SO SO SO glad that Nella is okay! I had flashbacks to when our son, Brody was learning to walk and walked into a corner of the wall and went limp. It seemed like an eternity that he was limp in my arms but I realized that it was only seconds. I remember that my hands trembled for the rest of the day. By the way, I adore your dad's comments. Wondering if he has a blog, because I can only imagine what a huge hit it would be!!! Amazing pictures.

Morgs said...

I definitely have had my "is this it?" moments - scary, but reaffirming that I am alive and human. :)

Looking Up said...

Adore the pics of Lainey feeding Nella. Glad that your little one is OK. I would be lying if I said that hadn't thought of bubble wrapping my two year old more than once. :)

the girl said...

Geez kids can really scare us to the core can't they!? We had an episode(minus the fainting) with Cali this morning, and the cry was just that much different that I panicked. Thankfully the 3 min of hard sobbing seemed to do the trick, and all was again well with the world.

Glad all is ok. Can't wait to see your new carpet ;)

xoxo,
Lori

My Thoughts said...

I hear you about the scary "injuries". So glad Nella's okay and that she has parents that want to protect her all the time. Every girl deserves a daddy that wants to "carpet her world". Go Brett! (-;

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Alison said...

As always, Kelle, beautiful pictures. Your girls are adorable.

The Fischer Family said...

I totally understood this one! It reminded me of the time I found an empty bottle of children's Benadryl in my daughter's room and her asleep in her bed...or a week ago Thursday when we took my son to the ER for vomiting and a high fever and he became unresponsive! I swear that was longest two minutes of my life! I am so glad that Nella is OK! And I hope you find a carpet that you like! lol

Southern Gal said...

I know that panic. It's happened more than once with my now 19-year-old son who has had his share of stitches and broken bones. He nearly gives me a heart attack every few months! So glad Nella was OK.

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Elleah said...

Very happy to hear Nella is okay! I love her smile. :) As always, beautiful pictures!

Nicole Schlossberg said...

im writing from ontario Canada, Today is family day and I lieing in bed with my mom watching cake shows, and sharing this post with her
I wanted to ask...what makes the girls laugh so hard that their grins are so big it make me laugh?

so glad Nella is ok, you and Brett will soom be too....falls always seem to be harder on parents and/or caregivers.

Kirby Johansen said...

So happy to hear that Nella is ok, poor baby girl and mamma!!! Sending luvs&hugs!!!

lauren said...

my little one just ate cat poop. that's right. after totally freaking out and running straight to google it appears she will be fine-- but seriously.. heart attack. what creepy disese is she going to die from being thought number one. soooo glad nella is okay. and seriously she is such a beuty. she's mesmerizing. :)

Kelly said...

As my 6 month old becomes more confident, I keep waiting for the moment where he realizes what it feels like to fall...although I never want it to happen, it will, and it will be another one of his (and my) learning experiences together. So glad to hear Nella is okay!!

Michelle said...

So glad your scary incident turned out fine!
I am obsessed w/ 'jolly roger' shirts for little girls ever since my daughter's 2nd bday party (almost 2 yrs ago) themed "Pirate Princess!"

Abby said...

Oh Nella girl! Oh Kelle girl! I'm sending a *hug* to both of you. We had a similar episode at our house saturday night....It started with hardwood steps and a 10 month old at the bottom, a bloody nose and a freaking out mama. Everybody's fine but it does put our jobs as mama's into perspective...we can't prevent everything....but I'm sure gonna try. (:
Blessings to you all and your carpet search. (:

shanjol23 said...

I would like to think I would handle those emergency moments calmly, knowing the next step to take to put everything right, but I'm afraid I would really freeze up and go blank. Sounds like you handled it well, had Brett there to calm you and thank the Lord Nella is just fine.

Kelly Jane said...

Thanks for your blog... breath of fresh air! :)

Jenna said...

I'd love a bling shirt! So glad Nella is okay.

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J and A said...

So glad she is ok. Sigh. Love the frogo sharing pics. hugs.

Team Lando said...

I love this, and SO glad Nella is OK (had a mini-heart attack reading the blog). And as SOON as little Ellie gets here, I want her to rock the sparkle T. We know that with some complications of her DS she'll be in the NICU for a month (duodneal atresia) but that's not gonna keep her from dressing like a rock star! <3 Now if only Little Miss Stubborn would get here....

Vanessa Washburn said...

I'm glad she's ok. And I love how you said we can't carpet our kids world. Hopefully they will be tougher for all the bumps and bruises they get along the way.

britneyds said...

Love your blog. Love your photos. And especially love the skull & crossbones tee that Nella's rockin! ( but Most of all happy Nella is ok!:)

Mommy to a Peanut said...

I am so glad Nella is okay.

Gosfam said...

I have been in the same situation as you exactly. My now 7 yr old hit her head, and the same drama unfolded. I freaked!! I am so glad Nella is okay and that you had a beautiful weekend.

Brittany said...

Glad Nella is alright! I just love her little baby body so much! & Lainey too! :)

Katy said...

I'm glad Nella is okay. :)

Have a wonderful week!

DMK said...

Lanie feeding yogurt to Nella is precious!
Denise

Erica said...

So glad Nella is OK! I had a scare with my Piper like this when she was 2 months old and hit concrete when mom was pushing her in a stroller...a freak accident as she shot out of the leg hole in the stroller! It's so scary but a comfort to know that they are ok. I have become a regular reader of your blog...I love it! The last pic of Nella having ice cream is adorable...both of your girls are dreams to look at.

shelby valadez said...

Oh we have definitely had some situations like that around here! I am sure it was so scary. So glad she's ok!

Nicki said...

I am sooooo the one that freaks out in those situations and my husband is the cool, calm one (thank goodness!).

So glad your sweet Nella is okay!!

Mrs. B. said...

Oh my goodness. Nella's outfits in the ice cream pics and the sittin' in the grass pics are flawless. Adorable. I want to eat her up.

Firefly42 said...

That first picture of Lainey feeding Nella ice cream is just too adorable for words!

IRWSMom said...

How scary for you but so happy that little Nella is ok. We have ceramic tile in our main area, kitchen, entryway, a lot of it. I HATE HATE HATE it! Add a few large Setters to the mix and I am constantly worried that our 12 1/2 mo. old is going to break her skull open on it :( Or, when she gets upset, she is starts tantrumming ...she sits down and hits her head on the floor!!! Yes, even the tile. I hope she learns fast the difference between a soft head-banging spot and a hard. We are going to switch out the ceramic to laminate tile-looking flooring. Hoping the laminate is a little bit more forgiving than the ceramic tile. Go, Brett, Go! ;-) Because even when they are older and they run on the tile, despite this mom's constant direction to WALK!! the littles don't remember. All it takes is a wet spot or socks that don't grip and down they go :( Anyways, I guess it's Monday babble for me. Just SO HAPPY again that Nella is fine! Happy New Week, Kelle~

Happiness And Flower said...

Goodness that's terrifying! I'm glad Nella is feeling better. Parenthood is scary at times - so worth it though :)

Kelly said...

Mine is a house full of panic-induced moments like that because mine is a house of boys. But it's my middle boy who (at the ripe ol' age of 6 in just one more sleep) has been at the center of those moments more often than his brothers combined! When he was just 6 months old he started something called Breath Holding Spells. It's an involuntary condition that came about when he suddenly experienced a strong emotion like getting mad,getting scared or getting hurt. He would do the exact same thing your little Nella did. The cry was always a little off, his eyes would flutter, his lips would turn a weird color and he would pass out. It happened on a somewhat regular basis until last year when it stopped. It was terrifying every single time. I hope that Nella never does that again but just in case, I thought I would share our experience with that.

Jaclyn Hicks said...

May we all fly and fall with angels....happy Monday.

momto6kids said...

Awww, bless Miss Nella's heart...and head! May she forever fall softly! We have three little sons who also have Ds and they are just starting to get mobile/sit/crawl. I'm praying they fall softly as well. Debbie

Jess said...

I'm so glad she's ok. I'm now loving our carpet even more.

I love the pictures of Nella with her ice cream. You can tell she loves it already :)

Drvance19 said...

I know that feeling and it sucks. After, it's like did I really just lose my mind. Live and learn.

My Secret Rooms said...

What a scare! Those moments are hard.
Good to ser all is well and that Brett is just like my hubby Marcus!! :-)
"Gotta love 'em".

Corlines said...

It doesn't matter if it's happened to pretty much everyone. It's a totally different ball game when it's your baby, right? No matter how many times they fall or bang their head, that panic/worry never gets lighter. So glad Nella is all good. :)

Andrea W. said...

So glad Nella is okay! Love the pictures, as usual. Especially the ones of Brett & Nella outside and Lainey sharing her ice cream...so sweet!

Cassi said...

Actually I think bubbel wrap would be an awesome idea!

Lindsey said...

So glad to hear that Nella is okay! My little girl is in that stage of bumping and falling a lot and I am terrified of that one big bump.

I also think it's a great thing that you are able to help other mamas on their journey and relate to them in a way others can't. Little Millie is adorable and Nella's smiles are great. The pictures of Lainey feeding Nella ice cream are just precious.

Amy said...

I remember when I had my first child 11 yrs ago and my daughter was sitting up on my parents kitchen floor and she fell forward and hit her head. She had a giant goose egg on her head. Both my husband and myself freaked out and took her to the ER. I remember the doctor telling me that children are spongy, I told him to tell that to my emotions. Glad to hear Nella is ok!

UrbanCountryMom said...

I laughed for real at the "blank this blanking tile" reaction. My husband would have the exact same reaction! I'm glad Nella is okay.

Kathleen said...

those terrifying moments remind us how precious life is. super glad nella bean is ok. make sure you post photos when brett bubble wraps the floor!

Lauren said...

My little man (8 months) did the exact same thing a few days ago. We have a rug over our tile floor, but it was still a hard thump. Thankfully, he's fine, but I know exactly what you mean!

So glad Nella is ok.

Melissa said...

Feeling grateful that all is well & Nella is ok. It always amazes me how resilient our children are & we're the ones left shaking & in (or near) tears!

Bikini By 30 said...

So glad Nella is ok!

Those ice cream feeding pictures are so precious. Lainey is a wonderful big sister.

I need Nella's blue jumpsuit in my size. Swoon!

Eric said...

We need that Tiney Hiney onesie for our son since his older sister randomly decided his name is Little Pirate.

Ariel said...

There is no worse feeling. none.
So glad she is feeling better, and congrats on you getting or not getting carpet. My husband is the same way. He insisted on attaching foam corners to everything when our kids were a bit younger. It is good they care so much.
xo

Chrissy said...

I feel your pain...it's a helpless feeling watching them fall or hurt themselves and that shock on their face before they start wailing. I dread hearing that sound coming from my 9 month old daughter.

I have found that the Boo Boo Ducky freezie thing from the drug store works to make them feel better and put a little smile on their tear stained face.

Boo Boo Duckies all around today!

Alissa said...

So glad Nella is okay...I've been in that terrifying place more than once with my 5 kids. I am an ICU nurse and can handle pretty much anything, but not when one of my babies is hurt!

cashbird3 said...

All of my kids have taken a nasty fall. Its never fun. Glad little nella is OK.

DeAnn said...

Praise God that Nella is ok! I'm with Brett, bring on the rugs! We had the chance to put down tile a few years ago when reflooring our kitchen & possible slips and injuries where what made me decide against it, and that was back in the day when we thought we were done having babies. Love the spoon swiper! And how precious is baby Millie? LOVE

Katie said...

How scary! A very similar thing just happened to a friend's daughter--fell back, hit her head, cried and passed out. Glad all is well!

jenilu2 said...

Experienced the same FREAK OUT mode this week. Several ER visits and few nights in the hospital due to RSV and two other virsus. I really need to work on hitting the CALM MODE when this stuff happens. No fun when our babies our sick/hurt. Glad Nella is ok THAT is the important thing:)

Sarah RDH said...

Agh your tile story almost made me cry- those moments where you just are left wondering can be awful...When my son was 6 months old, we were at a company picnic, and I was letting him suck on a piece of watermelon- he sucked it right out of my fingers, and into his throat. My CPR training in me took over, and I immediatly flipped him over and down into my lap, and smacked his back....the watermelon came flying out and he SCREAMED his face off! And I picked him back up, held him, and then broke down. But I'll never forget the adrenaline taking over, before my emotions had a chance to. It feels good knowing that yes, indeed, if my baby needs me, I can do it. When my daughter was in the hospital this fall, they did a spinal tap on her, thinking she had meningitis (she had a virus, shes fine!) I went out into the hall with my husband, and he asked if I was okay. I said yes. And then broke down. I just remember thinking oh my God, my child may have meningitis, and may die, what am I going to do without my little girl? I can't live without her, my life isn;t my life without my baby....and all turned out well & fine. Being a parent is the scariest shit ever.

Oh and tell Brett- we have carpet, and my kids still take some pretty darn good falls on it! I am so happy Nella is okay!! And Nella's new little friend is a beautiful, beautiful girl!!!

Anne Marie said...

So sorry Nella got hurt, it is so much worse when our babies have accidents.
Love Nella's outfit in the Sunday pictures.

Cassi said...

I couldn't believe your post today! My daughter fell Saturday night and busted the back of her head open. It was horrible! 5 hours, $200 and 2 staples later...she is alot better than I am LOL! Its amazing how tough they are, I cried more than her! Glad your sweet Nella is ok! Would be nice if we could prevent these things from happening!

Anne Marie said...

So sorry Nella got hurt, it is so much worse when our babies have accidents.
Love Nella's outfit in the Sunday pictures.

Sheri said...

Can totally relate. My daughter fell backwards off a picnic table - head first - woke up and could not see or talk - and when she started talking it made no sense. Soooooo scary. Thank God she was ok - but I was freaked for weeks. I love the new pics of the girls - I want your girls clothes - LOL - they are so stinking adorable. It's a happy day when you update your blog - better than my Martha Stewart magazine :)

Jacie Saltzman said...

sometimes i wonder how i will handle those incidents when i become a mother. like you said, id like to think i will be calm cool and collected, knowing just what to do. but in reality, i think i might borderline that psycho mom. so glad nella is ok! looks like you guys had a good weekend!

Jack and Kate's Mommy said...

I had to share this link with you. As an Intervention Specialist, I have witnessed the kindness time and time again from regular education peers. This is yet another example. Thanks for sharing you life with us. You are an inspiration!

http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/mentor-high-snow-king-gives-crown-to-classmate-with-down-syndrome

Lisa said...

Cried reading this post because that had to be a very scary moment in time for you as a mom. My son slipped on a slab of cement hidden in a lake that was meant for wheel chair access. The slab was covered with moss, but we couldn't see it and my son, who was three at the time, jumped up and when he landed back on his feet, he slipped on the moss and, like it was in slow motion, we watched helplessly as his feet came out from underneath him and the back of his head bounced off the cement. I have never been so scared in my life. He just cried and cried. My husband, a doctor, thankfully knew what he was looking for in his eyes (concussion, etc..) but it didn't change the fact that I was totally paranoid about what the effects could be. I took many pictures that day before he fell and when I come across them, I still tear up thinking of that moment. Maybe I sound overreactive, but it was just a really scary moment.

Anyhow....I get why Brent wants to carpet! I would too! :)

And the dog he is holding in the pics w/ Nella...my son's favorite toy when he was a baby! He loved singing and dancing with it! Great toy!

Lainey is turning into such a "little girl"! She is so beautiful! Your pictures are always beautiful, but there are some really wonderful shots of Lainey and Nella on this post.

Thanks for sharing!

Taylor said...

Im glad her little head is okay! My heart stops everytime one of my girls get hurt and I totally overreact and keep feeling the bump on thier head thinking its a internal hemorage or something- wow- nuts :) I loved the last post where Nella is learning her words- so darn cute!

Megan said...

So happy to hear that Nella is ok! My boy is SO different from my girl. He has been walking for a month now but since he could move he would find (and still does) anything he can to smack his head on. While he does bang his head on EVERYTHING he is around there is still that heart drop to your stomach feeling when the cry isnt the same. Scary feeling!

Cheryl said...

This post totally struck a cord because my little guy is 8 months and just getting the hang of sitting independently. He falls back several times a day and I cringe every single time. Even the carpet doesn't seem to be enough.
Glad to hear that Nella ia okay. God Bless.

dmsegel said...

Glad Nella is okay!!!!

LindseyG said...

Well thank goodness Nella's! okay! I'm not good at handling panic situations, but I'm glad everything turned out okay!
Lainey is getting so big! It's really beautiful to see that bond between sisters that Nella and Lainey have.

David said...

Most parents don't do so well when the emergency involves their own kids. My husband could rock star the epi- pen and heimlich until his own kid needed them!

JoshuaJames78 said...

wishing we had your weather... we got 9.5 inches of snow in Lansing, MI last night.

Anneliese said...

nella is just fabulous. what a cutie in her bling!...and baby millie looks just about as sweet as she can be!

Lori McPherson said...

My mom still tells the story of when I flipped out of my dad's arms and hit the wooden kiddy table before landing head first on the hardwood floor in Scottie and my bedroom. I was rushed to the ER for stitches, all the while all mom could think about was the 9 month old little from our church that had died earlier in the month after falling off of her momma's powder table. Loving littles is a tough job!

happynester said...

i believe its the bumps and bruises that make us tougher parents.. even if it can be scary as hell.

abbey said...

What a scare! so glad she is fine. what a sweetie little Millie is...

scuppie said...

I love Nella's little pantsuit (for lack of a better term!) -- where is it from? Glad the little monkey is okay!

Nat said...

I'm glad beautiful Nella is doing fine.I know how you feel. My 15 month old has hit his head so many times, I've contemplated buying him a helmet as well...

Lindsey said...

I hate that feeling you experienced with your baby girl! I had one when my little boy was about 10 months old and it was the worse feeling EVER! So glad she is okay!

{andthisiswhatshesaid} said...

Glad she is ok. I have no kids and I can only imagine the fear.

Love love the picture of Lainey spooning ice cream in Nellas mouth.. So cute!

momto1 said...

I think you and I had a duplicate day on Saturday! Our child was a gym class and another girl was chasing my daughter for a ball and she grabbed the back of my daughters shirt, pulled her back and then pushed her forward. I ran to her as quick as I could and I swooped her up and ran out of class like a bat out of H*ll. It scared me so much! They are only 2!! Fortunately my child was fine. Glad to hear Nella is fine as well:)

elisabeth (bovagoods) said...

so glad your sweet girl is ok. yes, we have all been there...for me: lucy falling down the stairs, eloise crashing to the kitchen floor from the kitchen counter in her bouncy seat (mother of the year award for this one), and finally, eloise found in a pool that she had fallen in to. (no one saw it happen, but we are sure we found her seconds after-we were right there. scary.) in every instance our girls were totally fine. mommy....totally not so fine. terrifying moments these are.

on another note... a friend of mine just gave birth to a sweet little boy who has down syndrome. i immediately sent her the link to your blog. the next time i saw her she said she had already found your blog via two other friends. you and your amazing words are definitley making the rounds. thank you. ;)

MTGrace said...

Yay for Samoas and milk!!! I love Girl Scout Cookie season!

j210209 said...

I am so glad that Nella is ok.. Poor baby girl..

Love the photos of Lainey feeding Nella the ice-cream.. Simply gorgeous xx

Stina said...

Hmmm...crying till they pass out.....sounds familiar. Only my two-year-old doesn't stop at passing out- she even stops breathing!! The first time it happened I totally lost my cool and started yelling at her (yes, very helpful, I know).
I rushed her to the ER, convinced she had epilepsy, brain tumor, cerebral hemorrhage, anything you can think of (and I'm a nurse- I can think of a LOT of things).
Turns out that because she has narrower airways due to her DS, this sometimes happens if they cry really hard. And if you on top of that lift them off the floor real quick, which I most certainly did, it doesn't exactly help the situation....
Now I've learned to just pinch her cheek, and she bounces right back:)

Audra Moore said...

I have never commented on your blog before, but I am a regular here. :) You are truly an amazing person! You inspire me to be a better mom/wife/person every day.

athena said...

So glad Nella is ok! One time I was watching my dear friend's son and he hurt himself. He let out that first shriek and like you I was expecting that second burst of crying with a huge inhale, but it didn't happen. His eyes fluttered and he just fell back against the sliding glass door. Can I get a HOLY $#!^? I scooped him up and had that moment of panic, but then he came to. He looked at me like I was nuts and then snuggled in. When my friend got home she said "oh, i forgot to tell you that he sometimes faints when he gets upset." !!! She still owes me a margarita from that incident!!

Heather said...

Oh my heart! Even knowing she was fine I cried like goon. That is just the most horrible feeling and I am so glad she is ok. Give that tile a few razzers for me! Love the Tiny Hiney shirts.

Liesel said...

I still feel a little funny leaving comments about your kids when you don't know me! But Lainey looks like she got older overnight in this post. You take such perfect pictures of your kids, I hope to be able to catch the daily memories of my kids a tiny bit as well as you do. Love Tiny Hiney's stuff and their name ;)

Beans said...

That's some serious Nella Rockstar bling!

So glad Nella is ok. Brought tears to my eyes. From the minute they are born, we try so hard to protect our kids. Although a tough job-I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Gina said...

My 2 year old son gives me a heart attack almost every day with his antics - I need that bubble to live in!!

Heather F said...

I'm glad Nella is ok!!

melissa said...

Such a beautiful post Kelle. I love seeing your girls having fun and am glad Nella is alright. We had the same thing happen to our 9 month old yesterday -- carpet makes a world of difference!

Lauren said...

So glad Nella is okay! The ice cream photos are gorgeous! I can't wait for fancy dress and ice cream weather up here in the NE!

MonaBL said...

I'm so glad Nella is ok. As mum of a 12 year old, a nine year old and a baby, seven months, I know that feeling, holding breath- waiting for that redemptive cry... Most of the time they're ok, but we have also had to take the kids to hospital to make sure they're fine. They always were. Better safe then sorry!
Little Millie and her sister Ava are adorable. True beauty! <3 And Nella and Lainey sharing icecream- love those pics.
Also agree with Brett- carpet it is!
Be safe, and fall softley! :-)

Brenna said...

Your words are perfect... just what normal mommas think...

Carrie said...

I only recently stumbled upon your blog, and am so glad I did. I so love reading about your beautiful little girls. I sit on the couch with my laptop every day at 1:00 (precisely when my 2 year old daughter goes down for her nap) and I take a break with a trip into your world. The beauty in your photography, the elegance in your writing and your sweet little babies help me to see the beauty in my own life as well...as moms, we can so easily fall down the slippery slope into frustration (especially with toddlers!!), but you have helped me to find a peace that I haven't been able to tap into in a while. And, you have motivated me to revisit my photography hobby. Thank you for sharing your life with a bunch of strangers who think you and your family are amazing :)
PS - so glad Nella is okay! How scary when they're sick or hurt!!

Heather said...

I am so thankful Nella is fine!! I am a fellow freak-out-in-a-crisis kind of Mom:-) I would have loved to wrap my kids in bubble wrap, but they didn't like the idea very much;-)

Maureen said...

Hello from Michigan! So glad Nelle's ok. :o) I've been reading your blog now for a couple of weeks, and have to say that I'm addicted! I check everyday to see what new adventure has come your way. I smile (big) when I visit. I knew in my heart that God would give me a special needs child someday, and that day came twice. Our firstborn son, Ross, was born with kidney failure. He lived only 4 months, but I was blessed to be his mother for 4 months and enjoyed every minute of it! Then came our second child, Ian, and I knew from infancy that his thermostat was set differently - he has Asperger's. Basically, it's high functioning autism. Everyday, for us, is a journey, and I thoroughly enjoy diving into your world to escape from mine for a few minutes. Thank you! :o)

Valley Girl said...

Your words always rock my world! I think I gasped like I was Nella's momma....

((((HUGS)))) my on line friend

Callie said...

So glad Nella's bump was just momentarily scary. And that the pretend fish over the pretend pinecone fire was delicious.

JenAcci said...

Kelle, I so get where you're coming from when you say you can't cushion your children from the world. It's something I'm struggling with right now with my Mia who starts kindergarten this fall. We have to have her officially "labeled" for school, as the "developmental delay" label she has now won't work in school. So, in 2 weeks, my sweet baby girl will be officially labeled as being mild, moderate or severe. :( Why? Why can't she just be Mia? I know that she'll get more services with an official label, but she is so much more than that. So, while I want to cushion her and protect her from the world, I'm going in armed with as much knowledge as I can to make sure she gets what she needs, and that includes the chance to do anything that she wants to do.
Jen

Melissa said...

I am so glad she is okay, we have been there this year with our Hali. I am usually pretty calm and when she fell back and hit her head she did the exact same thing Nella did....I freaked! My husband was working from home that day and calmed me down but it was the longest 30 seconds at that time. Looks like you had a great rest of the weekend. I love reading and looking at your beautiful pictures!!!

Amelie said...

oh i feel that mummy fear! :'(
it brings back memories, we were on a ferry trip home from living in spain, and they had a climbing thing and the newly made friends' little boy fell right on his head and bounced onto his neck and i've never felt so much fear for anyone in my life, he too did the flutter eye pass out thing, but was thankfully fine. i will never forget it :(
With my daughter it was her finger in the door hinge. took the top off and we spent the next 24 hours in hospital for clean up surgery, the mummy guilt plagues me forever, but her finger looks okay now. The nail even came back.
So glad Nella is ok!

SamD said...

So glad sweet Nella is okay!!! Those heart-beating-so-fast-mama- moments are not always so fun, but happy endings are!!! Here's to hoping you all have a wonderful week! Happy Monday to you too!
Sam D.

Abs said...

There's a picture of Lainey in this post that reminds me of a couple of my girl. The kind of photo that gives you a glimpse of what your daughter is going to look like as a grown up. It's the one taken slightly from above her right before the one of her falling down from laughter:) I love it.

And so happy Nella is okay. I have had my share of very scary moments with my Cecilia and always come out of them stronger and able to harbor more love in my heart.

The Witbecks said...

I LOVE Nella's "so big" pose. She gets me every time!!!

Victoria said...

oh boy, i am so glad to hear that Nella is fine!!

i love that striped outift that Nella is wearing, it is freaking adorable!!

glad you had a nice weekend!

Elliott said...

I know what you mean - waiting for the second round of crying that comes with an injury. Glad Nella's okay.

Also glad to see another Millie! My Millie just turned 3!

Melissa :) said...

December 15th was a day I will never forget. My children were outside & after spotting where each of them were - I ran inside to use the potty. In 15 seconds (yes, 15 seconds, my husband & I reenacted & timed it!) my 2 year old did something she's never, ever done. Entered the pool area & fell into the pool. My quick thinking sons pulled her to safety, thank God. And thank God for His protection & His mercy. On all of us & our beautiful children.

LeeAnn said...

Go....carpet the world Brett!

jenna said...

so glad nella is okay -- those moments are so scary, and i would have reacted the same way in the absence of that earsplitting second cry.

Kmarie said...

Love the words today. Good thoughts. Good thoughts. We were tempted to carpet the stairs a few times. My son has a permanently calcified lump on his skull from jumping off my bed and hitting the jiprock and making a dent!..and that room had carpet! So you are right- you just can never tell.

Love the blue jumper. It's adorable. Wow- Nella is doing so well. And Lainey is just so sweet to her sister.
Wishing you many more safe moments.

toby said...

Wish I could take photos like yours. So beautiful. My two year old turns and runs the other way when I get my camera out. Your girls are well trained!

ginnyaustin said...

I am glad Nella is ok. It looks like you have another fun weekend!

Rich said...

OMG I just squeeled with delight when i saw Lainey's fancy dress. I just found that same dress at TJ Maxx and after my daugther shed dramatic tears about not wanting that dress, I did a Valentines photo shoot of her in it and she.loves.it.now! So glad Nella is okay!

thy and lin said...

Can't image what I would have done if my Emerald got knocked out. But I might have cussed too. Glad y'all are alright!!

The Devlin Family said...

Oh, I know that feeling. My son had a seizure when he was almost 3 and the 911 operator ended up telling me I needed to calm down and put my husband on the phone. I like to think I remain calm in most emergencies, but when you think something is wrong with your kids it is all out the window. I wanted to give a huge shout out to Momma and Nella (a little late) over the flash cards. She is a rockstar for sure!

Angie said...

A few things...
1. Love the pictures of Lainey & Nella by the lake. So precious!

2. Ava & baby Millie are too cute.

3. Glad Nella's noggin is okay :)

4. And I just love your great big mama heart. Thanks for making me a better mama.

XOXO,
Angie from Ohio

astrid365 said...

I love that photo of the papa with his little girl- it made me cry sitting in my office at work. So very touching.

Maggie May said...

So glad all is well. And thank you for that link on your RSV story. Our Ever was hospitalized about a month ago with RSV. It was...awful. And now I worry still. REading about anyone else's experience is very comforting.

Stephanie said...

I'm so very glad Nella is okay! I love how you capture the beauty of everyday life with your camera lens. Thanks for the constant reminder to live life to its fullest!

Eric said...

When I read about Nella tile incident I knew exactly what you were talking about. Our oldest daughter, now 7 years-old, had the same thing happen 3 times between the ages of 1 and 2. After an over-night stay at the hospital for monitoring they chalked it up to a breath-holding episode that most kids will grow out of. Scary for sure and something that I hope no one ever has to go through, but like you said, in the end...all is well.

bobbiebrownphotography.com said...

So glad that Nella is okay. It is a terrible feeling when your child gets hurt, I too would have been so scared! These pictures of your girls are PRECIOUS!

Time to relax said...

My friend pointed me to your blog last week and i love reading your story, your girls are just beautiful, i so hear you on the falling my son is 3 years old, and we are waiting for his next eye test to tell us what sort of lens he needs for glasses (no wonder he was forever falling over) but his eyes getting worst and the falls are more often so much so one day he fell skinned his knees as they do, no blood your all good up you get cuddles and hes away, then my sister was around and he fell again that afternoon and yip got the same places this time there was blood and he got his elbow good too this time, blood everywhere poor wee thing this time plasters fixed it hehe.....they were nearly healed then he did it again so im saying hes going to have a awesome little scar there on one knee which is getting quite deep now, but yip kids fall all the time but what you went through sounds super scarey gladed to hear and see that Nella is fine though, i love her smile it would melt anyones heart just so cute, love the photos of Lainey (hope i spelt that right) sleeping so cute total bliss :) reader from NZ :)

shannonlee79 said...

Ok, my heart skipped a beat and I'm not even a Mama! But your girls and your inspiring words have totally captured my heart. Thank you for being you.

Twinkletoes said...

I am so glad Nella is ok. I am with Brett. I want to carpet the world to protect their falls. Falls are indeed inevitable - but I don't want them to fall and get hurt, just fall and figure out how to get back up. Does that even make sense? Gosh I am glad she is ok. My heart froze as I read it.
The photos as always, are gorgeous! Nella is rocking the blue eyes and I swear you can't have two happier girls if you tried!

FEAS613 said...

Poor Nella Bean!!! Glad to hear she's alright!!

I know that feeling all too well - of holding a little and just knowing something's not right. I was a nanny for 3 1/2 years and we made it 3 years and 4 months without any injuries that a band-aid, ice pack and a little TLC couldn't fix... Those last two months were dotted with ER visits (ok, there was only two - one for each of the kids!).
Emily was almost 4 when she was hit in the face with the wooden seat of a tree swing. I picked her up and she passed out in my arms - Pure PANIC doesn't due justice to what I was feeling! I started crying, cuz ya know that helps! And all 6 other adults and 7 other children that were around rushed over. And all I kept saying was "Something's wrong!" I think it was about 30 seconds Emily was out, but it felt like FOREVER!! She ended up with the worst black eye, a mild concussion and ice cream for dinner... Still one of the absolute scariest times of my life!!
I feel your pain!!

Sometimes it takes pure chaos and utter upheval of the quiet normal to get you to truly appreciate "just another day"!
~Beth

Nancy K. said...

Your blog fits in SO well with my "Monday Moments" theme of starting the week with a smile.

No matter if your post starts out happy, sad or scary, you and your precious girls always bring a smile to my face!

Jen said...

Nella's 'so big!' is beautiful! I feel you on the tile - we've got a combination of marble tiles and hard wood, and my almost fifteen month old (who's been walking for about two months, but spent three weeks of that crawling thanks to the flu) has two legs absolutely covered in the awfulest looking bruises.

I love watching them grow, but I sure miss what came before.

melanie said...

Did the nurse mention breath- holding? It's where they cry so hard that they don't catch there breath. One of my sons did it a couple times when he was a baby...the first and second I was in the same place you were...FREAKED OUT. In fact the second was an ambulance trip to the ER where they did a CAT scan and the whole deal. Only to be told finally that he just didn't catch his breath and passed out. Then they told me once he passes out, he will automatically breathe again. He did it once more after that and since I knew what was happening I just held him till he passed out and caught his breath. Ask the pediatrician,
only because she may do it again- it's nothing to panic
over- they told me its quite common- not a DS thing my
son does not have DS just to be clear. Talk to her about it
just to reassure yourself, because with my son, if he got
really upset from a fall or something, he would do that
same cry.....you can also breath in their nose to try to get them to catch their breath. Just for peace of mind ask the ped about it.....

LJ said...

Those are some heart melting smiles that your girls have.

Just the Two of US said...

every post is soooo amazing, thanks for being soooo real!

Kate said...

I love your blog! Your pictures are just beautiful.

I am typically great in an emergency involving my kids. All but once, at least. My parents briefly lived in a very old house, and one of the staircases was narrow and twisty. The old wood steps were fairly worn as well. I took the two kids I had at the time to visit. As we were were coming downstairs, I was first down the stairs, carrying my 13 month old. I slipped. I fell. I couldn't hold him. Somehow, he missed the last few steps, but landed on his back on the kitchen tile. My parents hurried down the stairs to me. I just screamed for them to get Tommy. He wasn't crying. He was just lying there. I couldn't really move as I had just twisted my knee and landed hard as well. Man, I was scared...and completely in a panic. Thankfully, my mom used to be an emergency responder and worked in an ambulance. He started crying while she was working him over. We hauled him to the ER, as I wasn't convinced he was fine. But he was. Completely and totally fine.

ddnice said...

My heart dropped reading this post....Im glad to hear Nella Bean is ok! It hit me close to home..She looks so like my girl!
Make it a happy week, i kno we will <3

Amanda and Alex said...

I'm a nurse and I see all the scary stuff and know too much. So currently my 6 month old has a yucky cold, and she might as well have the plague because I'm watching her like a hawk. Every. Single. Breath she takes. I understand how upset you got with Nella. My husband would have blamed the tile too!

Jessi said...

beautiful

Deborah said...

O My goodness...my heart stoped beating for a moment just reading this! We have had one head trama as well, and I too did not handle it well...called my husband home from work in a panic to make him take us to the dr...My little guy was just fine though, and im so glad to hear that Nella is too:)
Again Beautiful photos!!!

Helena said...

I am a freaker-outter myself and I think my heart stopped while reading about Nella's fall. You know the part where you said she was fine? Right at the beginning? I'm freaker outter enough to skip right over that and STILL freak out over your story. :( I'm SO glad she's okay and that you're okay and that Brett's going to demolish that blankin' tile. <3 Much love.

The Full Nelson said...

I hate when they fall like that! With my second she fell when my snuggly broke....and hit the floor...I did half catch her so she luckily didn't hit the tile floor full force but still it scared the life out of me. I cried more than she did!

Springroll said...

Oh man, I still cried even though I read (with relief!) that Nella was okay after her bump!! If only they knew how they affect us!
I can't get over how big Nella's getting - what a beautiful little girl, just like big sis and her momma!
xoxo

susan said...

When our 5 year old was 8 months old he held his breath because he got mad..Went limp, lips turned blue the whole works. I went nuts as well waited for that big breath that seemed like it took forever and then said "THANK GOD". He did this off and on. I would give him stuff just so he would not until one day I figured out that he was going to be OK and sure enough he stopped holding his breath when he was mad. Oh those babies of ours. Now I know why Mother's say they get gray hair early.

That picture of Nella and the Ice Cream shop with her lips puckered kills me oh my that is the cutest. And Lainey and her new friend beautiful!

Randall and Heather Cleckler said...

OM Gah Kelle!!! Chase did the same thing to us on Valentine's day...'cept he fell off the coffee table and then puked. Scary! Just letting you know...you're not alone! hugs and kisses sent your way!

Heather

Jo said...

all mothers share this fear- harm coming to our babes (now that my oldest is 11 i have new fears- it doesn't end with tile). makes me pause, and appreciate a wee bit more.

p.s. tile is an awful surface! i agree with the hubby. :-)

shen

2 Little Gals 3 Little Pals said...

Poor girl! So happy to hear she's okay!! My son holds his breath when he cries, too, and has passed out more times than I can count. It's not a pleasant experience.
On a brighter note, I LOVE the ice cream pictures!! And Lainey looks beautiful in her fancy dress!! :)

Gemma said...

So glad Nella is ok.....
My one year old had her first big fall last night. Flat on her face, ripped that little piece of skin that joins your top lip to your gum. Blood everywhere, tears rolling down her face and I knew I had to keep it together as she needed me. Needed me to make her feel better, needed to see on my face everything was ok.
I wish there will be no more days like that to come but I know they will come............

Vicki Stoffel said...

Kelle,
I so much enjoy reading your blog. I too have a beautiful daughter with D S, Audra Margaret. Your posts touch my soul, knowing exactly what you're talking about, and how you feel. We vacation in Naples Florida every winter and from the looks of the beach pictures, it seems you are close to that area. I would love to meet you in person, I think we would have a lot in common! Thank you for sharing your life, and reminding me it's the little things that matter, and to never take a day for granted.
God Bless you and your beautiful family.
Vicki
P.S. Audra LOVES looking at all the pictures of the beautiful girls. She points and says "mom, I go there?"

Jenn said...

I just love those pictures of your girls sharing their ice cream! I am not looking forward to the "tile" moments that seem to be inevitable. I am 5 months pregnant, and know that those are things I will need to be prepared for. Maybe I will start replacing tile with carpet now! Thank you for always having so many great things to say, I look to your blog for inspiration and answers. I love it!

Frieders Fam said...

Kelle-you are amazing. Your photographs, words, and view on life are beyond inspiring. I always love your pictures, but I have to admit...the one of Lainey feeding Nella yogurt is a fave! LOVE it! Love the concentration on Lainey's face and the way Nella is leaning in to take a bite, while eyeballing the cup for her next bite. :) Sweetness.

Kelly said...

So glad Nella is ok! And you have inspired me with your photographs to learn to capture the little moments in life!

Rachel said...

My son is the champion of the pass out scream. He did it for a solid year and scared the tar out of loads of my friends and relatives. Don't worry if Nella keeps it up. My pediatrician watched my son do it once and said "Oh man, that's textbook. I wish my med students were here." haha. It's horrible to see, but it does get easier to convince yourself that she'll be ok.

greilotus said...

Almost the exact same thing happened 2 months ago to my 2 year old son Shepherd. He hit his head and we were trying to calm him down and telling him to breathe but he didn't. He turned completely blue and he was lifeless. I was hysterical and I kept thinking, "Oh God, please don't take him from me..." It was my scariest mommy moment ever. My husband called 911 and by the time they got to us, he was awake and breathing again. They said it's a common thing that happens, but it was seriously the scariest moment of my life!!

Lindsay said...

So glad your sweet baby girl is ok! Such precious photos. HUGS!

toria said...

This post covered me with cold chills and made my heart stop because I've been there. My oldest is five and a half now but she did this three times between 10 and 18 months and has never done it since. It only happened once because of a bump to the head but it was always when she had taken a spill and would cry so hard she couldn't take a breath! Her eyes would roll back and she would go limp but only for about 20 seconds or so. Ugh, it's hard to think about even now. So glad Nella is okay and thank you for clarifying that early in the post or you may have just killed some of us!!

Victoria said...

Great post. Happy Week!

Bonnie said...

Kelle, where is Lainey's red dress from? I absolutely adore it!
So glad that Nella is ok... we had a very similar experience which made me want to rip out the tile too :) I totally understand Brett's thinking :)

Jessica said...

oh poor nella. hope her noggin is alright. and those ruffle sleeve bibs she is wearing are TO. DIE. FOR.
anyway, the tiny hiney mohair flower tanks are adorable. perfect for Everly's summer wardrobe!

Adrienne said...

Oh my goodness, so glad she's okay! I go through the list of questions with my 3 year old (she's fallen on her head numerous times). So scary though!

Glad you could meet up with another family, walking the same road. We met up with blogging friends this weekend as well-so much fun to get our boys together. There's that connection that no one else can really understand.

Love Nella's little blue outfit btw!!

Rik said...

I love "Girl Scout Cookie Season." It makes me somehow picture teams of girl scouts walking through the cookie fields with big green baskets, carefully plucking the ripe Samoas and shortbreads off the vines and then bringing them to their little cookie stand at my grocery store where they stand, tilting their little girl scout heads in a silent but convincing appeal...and I stop, entranced in their siren call, and hand over the money in exchange for the fruits of the season. Well...somethin' like that. I will buy some today in celebration of my Nella's surviving her first big, bad bounce on a tile floor.

Lizzy Vega said...

I love how you have met so many new families (friends) since Nella's been born! Amazing. By the way, the Baltimore girls are absolutely beautiful.

And of course your girls and your words and your photos just continues to add beauty to my life as well. So glad Nella is super okay. Thanks again for sharing your life with us -- even those scary moments!

Sending lots of love and cushioned falls (if need be) to you!

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