The moment that I had worried would happen ever since Mabel was born happened.
I fell down the stairs….with Mabel in my arms.
Our stairway is pretty narrow and carpeted, which isn’t a good combination. Plus the actual steps aren’t deep enough to fit your whole foot on so all three combined = a disaster waiting to happen.
My husband fell down the last three steps a few months ago (before Mabel was born), which I remember telling him to suck it up and just watched where he stepped. And in hindsight I should have just bit my tongue and saw it as a warning sign.
Well, late this morning after getting up from an hour nap with little Mabel, we began our descent down the steps. At the second highest step I must have not placed my foot on the step all of the way and it began….I was falling. The odd thing is that I don’t really remember falling, I only remember gripping Mabel tighter and looking at her making sure that she didn’t hit her head on the wall.
Finally, I stopped at the bottom step. Mabel was screaming. I was freaking out thinking she was hurt.
I called my husband and he said he’d be home right away to help me out.
I was able to check Mabel out and see that she was in one piece and she stopped crying once I gave her a toy.
Big sigh of relief.
I had never been that scared in my life.
So there I sat, on our family room floor with Mabel happily playing with her toy, all while waiting for my husband to come home. I realized I was sore and ‘burning’. I guess the adrenalin was wearing off.
After Hubby got home he took Mabel so that I could check myself out. I had a carpet burn on my elbow, one up my back and one on my hip. And not to mention a giant bruise on my hip and back. I think I must have fallen on my hip and then hit each stair with my back since I didn’t have my arms to break my fall.
I’m sure I’ll be sore tomorrow but I just can’t express how thankful I am that Mabel was okay. And that I didn’t break any of my bones.
I credit this all to what I discovered today…my ‘mom instinct’. I would do anything for that little baby and it’s pretty impressive how your body almost has super powers to protect your children.
Note to self – make sure the next house doesn’t have stairs.
Thanks for all the support on Facebook ladies. : )