Earlier this week, Elijah took quite a nasty tumble down our bottom staircase. We were sitting the lounge, watching a movie, and Elijah was playing upstairs. We have had the downstairs gates down for over a month now, and for months before that Eli has been up and down the stairs by himself with ease. He has had plenty of practice and he is quite cautious, but on this afternoon he attempted to go down the stairs with something around his legs/ waist. He has a habit of climbing into things, and he probably tried to do this while also coming downstairs to show us. Justin was sitting with his back facing the stairs, but I was unfortunate enough to witness the event. He is a boy, and I know that there will be many more falls, many cuts, and more than likely, many stitches in the years to come. There are, however, no words to describe the feeling that goes through your body as your watch your son’s small little body fly down the stairs, take a triple tumble, and then hit a wall. It was gut-wrenching, and of course, it all happened in slow motion. Justin threw his computer to the ground and jumped to pick up Elijah. There was a delay before the blood-curdling scream, and in those seconds I sat, frozen, on the couch, staring in disbelief! After that the tears flowed, both mommy and toddler.. Mommy in shock and relief, and toddler in pain and confusion. Our friend, Mariska, was here and she looked absolutely horrified. We were all unbelievably grateful that Elijah was okay, but also wished that we hadn’t seen him fall the way that he did.
Hopefully there won’t be any more falls as bad as this one on our staircase. I have slipped down these stairs too, while holding Elijah in my arms. I know that falls are inevitable but they sure do remind us to be cautious and appreciate every moment. In the above image you can see Elijah’s blue eye. The other side of his face was bruised too, and all around his nose was grazed and slightly swollen. The poor boy sure did give us a fright, and since then he hasn’t gone near the staircase at all. We are encouraging him to use the stairs, by going up and down with him, reminding to hold onto the railing. What a frightening fall!