Adrianna and the mean ol’ stairs

As I was getting our house ready to welcome company today, I forgot that we had removed the barrier we had at the bottom of the stairs that prevented Adrianna from climbing up them. The barrier had been a bass guitar case that was none too pretty, so Greg had regelated it to a new position in the basement. I went into the next room for what I thought was only a moment to get Adrianna a bottle, when I heard a THUMP, THUMP.

Immediately, I realized my error and ran back into the living room. There was my sweet Miss Banana sprawled on her back at the foot of the stairs. She started crying, hard. I felt horrible! I had neglected my poor baby, even though it was only for an instant, and she fell down the stairs. I don’t know how many she fell down, but I had heard two distinct thumps. Thankfully our staircase has a landing halfway up where you have to then turn 90 degrees to walk up the remaining half, so it wasn’t like she had fallen down a whole flight of stairs. Nonetheless, my poor baby was inconsolable for a few minutes as I held her close and rocked her and tried to soothe her. When I gave her the bottle, she was quieted. I couldn’t stop holding her though. I just had to hold her close to me as I realized the danger I had put her in by my carelessness. So she and I sat on the couch together for quite a long time. Me holding her while she sucked her formula down. After the bottle was gone, she was back to her normal, cheery self. She even tried climbing the stairs again several times this evening, so it must not have been too traumatic for her.

Of all the rotten luck. I climb those stairs with her (well, following her so I can catch her in case of a fall) all the time, and not once has she fallen. The one time I am not available, she takes a tumble. I hope she doesn’t have the Yergler clumsiness and freak accident curse. If she does, I am sorry that your mommy passed that on…

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3 Responses

  1. cindy says:

    Hi i am from the Child Protective Service..hehe, better watch the little tike, soon she will be walking then you wont be able to look at anything but her!! 😀 Get her a leash 😛 i had that pink one remember? the harness?

  2. Janis says:

    I am so glad she is alright. Good thing your stairs are carpeted. Kids are so quick aren’t they? I agree with the leash if you take her out and let her walk. The first time they get away from you in a store, well, from experience, it feels like your heart just stops in fear. Which one of you kids used to hide from me in stores? I think it was Cindy, she would hide in the clothes racks!

  3. jamie says:

    Sorry about the fall. It’s the same with e. He has never fallen down the stairs while I watch him but I know the minute I look away he will. Luckily we dont have stairs in the house. Unfortunately we have them all over the place outside though, without the carpet cushion. Glad Adrianna was ok though.

    I dont know about the child harness. I have always hated seeing moms in the mall with their kids on a harness. I see how they are practical but somehow just dont seem right. I don’t know. Guess I’ll have to hold off judgement til E gets a little older and more disobedient, then maybe I will get the harness and the muzzle.

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