Why Horses and Stairs do not Mix

Here is a post that will surely add me to the list of “worst moms in the world.” At least I sure felt like the worst mom when this incident occurred.

1976 Fisher Price HorseAdrianna has a little horse with wheels that she likes to play with. It was actually mine when I was her age. Mostly she uses it to let her babies, bears, walrus, zebras, or other favorite toys to ride it and go “bye-bye.” Though she often sits on and plays with this horse, she never really rode it around much herself. Until yesterday.

Lynette and I were upstairs talking as I printed out my tax forms, in preparation of mailing them off to the IRS (finally!). Adrianna was upstairs with us, playing with the horse. I didn’t really think too much about her playing with the horse nor did I think about the stairs. We usually trust her with the stairs these days because they are carpeted, there is a landing half-way down, and she has gotten pretty good at maneuvering up and down them. It never crossed my mind that she would attempt to ride the horse down them.

And here is where I feel like the worst parent in the world. We heard a loud thump, thump, and instantly my heart started pounding as I ran to the stairs. There was my little girl on the landing, underneath the horse. Thank goodness for that landing half-way down or she really would have taken a tumbling! I immediately flew down those stairs. I was SO scared! What if she was seriously hurt? My worst fears were quickly relieved when she quickly got up and walked over to me, crying. I felt like crying too. So after holding her, I checked her over for bumps, bruises, or broken bones. I am glad toddlers are so resilient.

And then my little girl did something that we can all take a life lesson from. She got right back on that horse. Never mind that she then wanted to ride the horse down the second set of stairs…

The horse lives downstairs now.

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4 Responses

  1. Erin says:

    I feel your pain. Yesterday we (uh, Tim) pinched a nice chunk of Caden’s leg while buckling him in his new car seat. Luckily, he’s a very forgiving baby!

  2. momma says:

    I am glad she didnt get hurt. I am glad of that. 🙂

  3. jamie says:

    I cant believe she wanted to ride down the 2nd set up steps. Pretty funny. At least you know she wasnt hurt. Once when Ethan’s school called bc he had bumpd his head pretty bad and they wanted us to take him to the hospital, we went there, scared to death the whole way, and when we saw E our heart sank at the size of the bump on his head. bigger than anything Id ever seen before. He looked like an alien. I think I wouldve started crying if he hadnt of been so calm and telling me how it happened (in his toddler way of explaining things). I felt better seeing that he was coherent and talkative.
    I also cant believe your jury duty. I dont think Ive ever been called to jury duty, but then maybe I have and I just didnt know it and it’s all over my record with big red letters, like you. 🙂

  4. janis says:

    I want to see Adriannas play house! hurry and blog it! :):):)

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