I was sitting pretty high on my horse till now. Satisfied with myself for getting this far into the whole parenting thing without either a) dropping Abner or, b) seeing her fall from an elevated surface. Not that that makes you a bad parent. It can happen so easily to anyone (and has happened to several of my friends - including a pediatrician). Lucky for Abner, her head has remained relatively unscathed - until now...
We had a little *incident* today.
After an epic (and I do mean epic) grocery shop today, I was hastily putting cans away in the pantry. I say "hastily" because the bottom shelf of the pantry houses our board games and Abner has recently discovered the fun of putting Chinese checkers pieces into her mouth. Within moments of opening the cupboard she was underfoot, clamoring to grab the teeny tiny plastic pieces and shove them into any orifice she could find.
So you see...there was reason for my haste. What I didn't bank on was the hidden danger lurking inside the pantry.
I saw the whole event unfolding in slow motion before my eyes. As I added one can to the shelf, it displaced another, which toppled over the edge and landed directly onto Abner's little head, innocently playing below.
Within moments, she was screaming (of course) and a large red bump appeared on her head. Thankfully, she calmed down pretty quickly. I decided not to take her to the hospital after checking with a couple of other friends to see what they would do - consensus being that if she was not behaving abnormally and had stopped crying, she was probably fine.
Now, several hours after the *incident*, she has a crescent-shaped red mark on her head (mostly covered by her hair) where the edge of the can struck her.
In a rather morbid way, it makes me think of those scenes on CSI where you see them discussing possible murder weapons while examining a damaged skull. I can almost hear Dr. Robbins telling Catherine and Grissom now..."I believe the victim's head was bashed with a can - most likely a can of kidney beans."