It began so innocently. Dan took the day off to get his car worked on so we all met up with his sister at Five Mile Pizza to let the kids run and play. What fun! Then it happened. Katie started crawling up the stairs to the ball pit. I ran and caught her in plenty of time. Feeling fun, I started her low on the ground and with great acceleration took her to the sky for some flying time. Except something else got in the way. Joshua's head. He had snuck up behind me and right when I turned with Katie at full speed, their heads connected. Even now, 7 hours later, I can still hear that thunk. I can still feel the reverberations that went through Katie's body. It was the most alarming sound ever. Joshua was immediately on the ground crying. I put Katie to my chest and ran outside with her in the rain thinking the rain would soothe her (and I needed to be outside if I was going to burst into tears). Luckily Katie only cried for a few minutes and I held it together, but it was so scary. She was happy minutes later and crawled around. I was alarmed enough to call not only our pediatrician, but also my brother AND his wife to get advice. (*Joshua, by the way, totally 100% fine by now). They said to not let her sleep. They said the #1 sign of head trauma is excessive sleepiness and crankiness. Unfortunately Katie is down to one nap a day (she does this every few days and happened to be on that schedule today). So I was told to make her skip ALL naps and watch for crankiness? Yeah, that's not gonna happen. Luckily she only slept for 30 minutes instead of her usual long nap, and was fine until she crashed for bedtime. I called my brother again this evening to describe the bruises appearing on her forehead (all normal he assures me).
It would appear for now that everything is fine. I think I will probably freak out for days to come and keep watching both kids. It was the single most horrible moment since having all four kids. I cannot describe the sound of their heads connecting or the horror felt at that moment.
I sign off now knowing that tomorrow must be better, as I can't feel any more guilty than this. :(