Monday, December 24, 2007

Poor Miles...

has obviously been subjected to incompetent parenting. On Friday, he finally decided to climb out of his crib. There was no crash, no injury, just a little bitty guy opening his door after nap to declare "I'm awake!" Later we saw how he gracefully and carefully climbed out while trying to get the boys to bed for the night. Sunday morning was a different story. I was in the bathroom getting ready for church when I heard a crash, then screaming. Jonathan got to Miles first who was in such pain he had the "I'm crying but I can't breathe so you can't hear it all yet" cry going on. His nose immediately began to swell and bleed slightly. I thought I might throw up. We stared at him and tried to comfort him as we went through the "is it broken? surely it's not broken. I think it maight be broken..." kind of conversation. I put in a call to the on-call doctor, who ofcourse happened to be my least favorite of the bunch. He told me that if he seemed well other than the pain and swelling around the nose, to try to ice it (that really worked great, by the way) and give it 24 hours. Then he said, "If a child is able to climb out of their crib, they no longer need to be in a crib." Really? Look, I called to get your opinion on the nose. The NOSE! The one that's likely broken. How about helping me with that and not taking this particular moment to comment on my decision to let him sleep in the crib. Can you tell he made me angry? So, back to Milesy... at church we had a nurse take a look at him and she immediately said, "Yep, it's broken. But there's nothing you can do about it." She told me to give him Tylenol regularly for 48 hours, to expect two black eyes just in time for Christmas and that there was no point in taking him to see a doctor because they'd do nothing unless he's having breathing troubles. He's not. The swelling went down a good bit as the day went on, and when we put him to bed tonight, in the crib with the side rail totally removed and pillows covering the floor next to him, he said his nose felt "bery better" and "I not hurting." One of his eyes is turning very bruised underneath. Poor guy. Thank God it wasn't worse. The last thing he talked about tonight was "Sampta" bringing him a truck. Luckily Sampta is delivering on this request.

4 comments:

canearl said...

I hope that he's feeling better. How'd he do in his "new" bed? It's funny because my kids always had to go to a toddler bed around 16 months because a baby was on the way and now that Baby #3 is 15 months and there's no baby in site (praise the Lord!) it's weird that she'll be in her crib longer than the other two. I'm glad you posted this though- the first time it even looks like she can climb out we'll be moving her.

Kristin said...

We have two cribs because I just wasn't ready for him to have that kind of freedom. Eli stayed in a crib until he was 3 and never once climbed out. Miles is a different kind of kid than Eli though, and I feel like this is just the beginning of his painful incidents.

Betsy said...

Simon?
What, no picture? (:

Rebecca said...

Dr "T" always says leave them in the crib as long as you can. I would do the same thing that you are doing. We moved Brooks out of his crib when he was almost 3, he never tried to climb out. Reese at age 15 months has already climbed out once. I am glad he is ok, and hope y'all had a great Christmas.