Thursday, September 12, 2013

She’s a bruiser

Please tell me this phase will soon pass!  In the past two months, the bean has become a magnet for injury.  Her little legs are covered with bruises all.the.time thanks to her school bus gym.  I watch her climb in and out of it and cringe as she slams her shins against the plastic over and over completely unphased.  On any given day she has at least one red mark on her cheek or forehead from hitting herself with a book, running into corners and/or falling, and just yesterday she took the skirt off her build-a-bear, tried putting it on herself (it went up as high as her ankles) and attempted to take a step.  I think you know what came next… she went down in a flash.  The crazy thing is that I was only about 6 feet from her washing a dish when it happened.  That’s all it seems to take with this gal – 10 seconds unsupervised.  We have baby gates, corner protectors, all plugs are covered and anything breakable is completely out of reach and yet the “owies” somehow manage to happen.

You can kind of see the bruised leggies in this picture.


You can definitely see them in this one.  My little ragamuffin.


Growing up, I was such a little lady.  I hated getting dirty and if given the choice between making a mud pie or playing with Barbies, the Barbies won every time.  My wife on the other hand was 100% tomboy or “outdoorsy” as she would say.  I’ve heard stories of her throwing her ballet slippers out the window on the freeway because she did NOT want to be a ballerina, ha!  There are also the many stories of her beating up boys for her cousins (in elementary school) and crying anytime she had to wear a dress because it meant that she couldn’t climb trees and wrestle.  As I compare me as a kid and the wife when she was younger to Grace, I’m thinking we have a “little Georgia” on our hands and that freaks me out!  The bean is constantly climbing the furniture and has no fear when it comes to most things.  Her new favorite thing to do is dive face first onto the ground and jump off the couch knowing that we’ll catch her every time.  Thankfully, so far we have.

So, to the parents of older kiddos, does this behavior pass?  Is there an end in sight?  Will my little gal have less bruises any time soon?  Please say yes!

16 comments:

  1. Hi! I'm Stacy, and my partner and I have a just turned 5 year old little girl. I love reading about your family and wanted to tell you not to worry! I remember taking my kiddo for her 2 yr checkup at the dr and being so worried that the dr was going to think we abused her, she had so many bruises all over her legs! Luckily, we had a great doctor amd what she said has always stuck with me. She said, "we don't worry when there are bruises on the legs at this age, we worry when there isn't. " it's a sign that your little one is having a good childhood and is being allowed to explore her surroundings and figure out the world. They dont have the balance yet or the sense to not run into everything because theyre still little. Bruises on the legs are par for the course at that age, if they're having a good childhood that is. ;)

    Keep up the good work mommies.

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    1. Hi Stacy, thanks for following our many adventures! My wife and I were just joking about that very thing before Gracie's 18 month check-up. Her legs were covered in bruises and she had a little red mark on her nose. We joked that our Ped was going to call CYFD (children youth and family dept.)! Thankfully she told us the same thing you did. LOL!

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  2. As you know, we have a boy. A very rough and tumble boy. He is FOREVER getting bumps and bruises. It was really bad when he was Gracie's age and I think that had a lot to do with it is the age of exploration but not quite yet fine tuned movement. These little kiddos (with the long torsos, big heads, and still developing foot arch) are just not physically designed to be graceful. Little Monster had his first ER trip and staples, yes staples, in his head when he was a year and a half. The doc on call said, "Accidents and falls are the number one thing I see children under 3 for....no matter how careful, it just happens." That being said, now going on 4 years old, Little Monster is far less of a bruiser than he was around 2ish so there is hope :)

    PS-I have seen Gracie all dolled up, I think if anything you have a mini Kristin/Georgia combo on your hands, which let's be honest, is perfect ;)

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    1. Ok, first, your post about LM pooping in the yard was the funniest post ever! I laughed out load several time! Grace is definitely in the age of exploration as you said. She gets into everything and wants to see what we're doing at all times. Her head is in the 80th percentile so I'm guessing that contributes to her many falls, hehe. ;)

      Stapes in the head - yikes! Hopefully we won't have ER visits anytime soon!

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  3. I love her! She is exploring, learning and testing her boundaries. We had and still have lots of bruises with both our girls, but it's crazy how different they are. Emily is our cautious, careful girl. She has always been that way, so most of her bruises were from her lack of balance (she get's that from me) and are purely accidental. Sophia on the other hand is my risk seeker. She climbs, jumps and falls often. She is COVERED in bruises. Its a really really good week if I don't get at least one accident report from school. As she gains more confidence and balance, I like to hope the bruises will subside, but I don't really see that happening in either of our girls any time soon!

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    1. No kidding! My mother-in-law used to be so nervous for us to pick Gracie up on the days that she hurt herself. Nothing serious but even a scrape would freak her out. By this point, we're all pretty used to it. Just yesterday she had a big red mark on her cheek and I told G, "how is this possible, she's been sitting in her highchair eating breakfast"? Even strapped in a cushioned chair she still manages to get injured. Geeze...

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  4. Nope. It doesn't go away. I remember being so happy when their heads were taller than the counters so that they didn't have bruises on their heads from running into table corners and counters.

    If she plays, climbs, jumps. She'll be bruised.

    To go along with what Stacy said....my doctor said that doctors don't look at bruises on the head, arms and legs as much as the ones on the body. Apparently they are the ones that show signs of abuse. (??) It's helped me to only beat my kids on the arms and legs for SURE ! :) ha ha

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    1. Ha! We had our first head + counter injury the other day. Since G learned to walk, one of her favorite places to hang out has been under our pub height dinning room table. It's like a little play house for her and when she goes under the table she RUNS. Well, last week she went to run under and didn't realize she grew an inch since her last visit. She banged her head pretty good and needed cuddles. Now she runs until she gets to the table and then she ducks. Lesson learned.

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  5. Miss Q is just like Gracie. She is always scratched and bruised. I "joked" that it was only a matter of time before we were in the ER for stitches...well, you saw that post recently! She fell down about 8 stairs the other day and barely cried. Jenn and I nearly had heart attacks!
    Miss T is the opposite. She is careful. While she loves to run around, she does things deliberately. She's rarely scratched and bruised.
    If an adult fell down the stairs like Q did, he/she would likely be really hurt because adults tense up their bodies. Toddlers like Q and G, don't. They fall is the "perfect" way -- they relax, hence less injury.
    I think they are who they are so we're both in for a whole lot more bruises in the future!

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    1. OMG, I think I would have panicked too! Thank goodness these girls fall the perfect way!

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  6. My most recent blog entry follows this exact same tone! The boys are CRAZY! They just have no concept of getting hurt. No fear. I honestly don't know how we make it through the day. I am waiting for the day that I get "we are on our way to urgent care" text from Kara. I hope it passes too!

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    1. I need to catch up on my blog reading! I imagine that if Grace had a twin to rough house with, she would have twice the injuries. I'm hoping that neither of us get a text like that anytime soon! :/

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  7. She's awesome!! Better a wild chick than a boring one who doesn't want to do annnnnnyyyything. Right? :) She's living life baby!!

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  8. I always think if we had to see the doctor right now, she would think we are beating the boys. I can actually tell people to identify the boys by location of injury, Caden usually always has skinned knees or elbows, Kellan goes face first into everything so usually had scratches, scrapes or bumps on his face & Garren's legs are covered in bruises, poor boney little thing :)

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    1. The skinned knees haven't happened yet but I'm sure it's just a matter of time. Grace seems to hit her head the most and usually she's bashing it into one of our heads. Still it doesn't phase her at all. Thankfully the head bumps have been just bumps, nothing that resulted in bleeding or even bruising but still, the kid's got a head like a rock. Her little legs are the things that seem to bruise most often.

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