Today, at the ripe old age of 26 months and 5 days Max had his first injury that required band aids. Now don't get me wrong- he's worn band aids before after shots or because his teeth itched making him need one on his chest and other such shenanigans but this was a fall-off-the-bike take-the-skin-off-both-knees kind of injury. And I handled it just as poorly as he did. There was crying (from both of us) and blood and full body tremors. And the memories of such scrapes flooded my mind- blah!
First there was the blood curdling scream which sent me running in his direction. He was walking towards me with both hands stuck straight out and his legs stiff. I scooped him up and checked out his knees and there was lots of blood. So I put him on Chad's tailgate and ran to get Neosporin and bandages and cold paper towels. We doctored them up and then he had to sit with me for a good 10 minutes. Then he tried to get down but it hurt to move-- remember that? Eventually (like 597 minutes later) we kind of recovered only to be time for a bath, aka the worst part of this kind of skin scraped all nerves exposed sort of ordeal. You know, you put your legs in the water which brings the sting like you've never been stung before-- then you pull them out of the water and somehow your skin shrinks and you think you'll never be able to straighten your legs again. Max did not handle this part so well- he lept out of the bath and digressed by about 20 months. He had to be carried like a baby, dressed like you would dress a newborn, wounds re-doctored and then he waddled to brush his teeth and climb in his bed. Picture knees bent while he walked hunched over like your great grandma. And of course his bottom lip was stuck out so far that I'm surprised he didn't trip. Oh it was bad people, but now that we've checked this milestone off the list, we'll both be better for it, I'm sure. But I'm sure we'll have to discuss the major injury at least 20 times a week for the next 3 weeks. Oh the joys of two year olds :)
I love this little booger and I'm super bummed about his boo boo- but overall, I give him a 9 out of 10 for bravery, courage, pain management, and drama!