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My Scary Morning – Discovering My ‘Mom Instinct’

July 25, 2012

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.  : )

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    July 25, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Omg! This is my biggest fear also.. So mug so that I have nightmares about it.. I have 13month old twins and still carry them down the stairs at the same time (which i probably shouldn’t be doing)..Glad u r both safe and well.


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    July 26, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Hi Morgan, I’m so glad little miss Mabel is ok. I hope your not feeling to sore today, maybe take a nice soak in the tub! Give Mabel cuddles from Luke, Amelia and I. xx

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    July 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    So glad you both are okay! My biggest fear was slipping on the ice in the winter while carrier her in the carseat.

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    August 17, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I’m so glad you are both alright! When I had Chloe we lived in a townhome with similar stairs and I fell down the last 5 or so steps with her. Same thing, she was fine, I was shaken up and vowed never to have stairs again. So scary.

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