Friday, March 13, 2009

Thursdays are Bad Luck

Yesterday was the third Thursday in a row that I have picked my daughter up from school only to find out that she had injured herself. It started two Thursdays ago when this happened to her finger. We went straight to Urgent Care that evening where they told us she had a gentle finger fracture. We followed that up with a visit to a hand specialist who discovered that there were actually two fractures.

Last Thursday when I picked her up I discovered that she had a run-in with another child and badly bruised her cheek. This wasn't a big deal but the bruise is still slightly visible. The story is that she was jumping off a big rock {to see how far she could jump} and that is how it happened. The playground that she was in is covered in small pebbles so the fact that she was jumping off rocks didn't concern me too much.

Yesterday, which was Thursday, as I walked into her school to pick her up I heard someone saying her name in the front office. Sure enough, there she was holding a tissue on her bloody chin. She had been running on the blacktop playground and fell on her knee and her chin. There was a cut about a half inch long that looked pretty deep so off to Urgent Care we went again. Fortunately she didn't need stitches, just a good would cleaning and a few steri-strips and she was good to go. Poor Arielle. She had a couple of little holes in her pants where she fell on her knee and she kept asking if she would be able to wear them again after I washed them.

What is a parent to do? Is the only way to teach her to be careful and not get hurt is by learning the hard way? She is already deathly afraid to open up doors and/or hold them open. Every time she touches one she asks me if it closes automatically. Now I have tried to convince her that she should not run on cement or blacktops anymore but all the other kids are going to be doing it so why shouldn't she? I guess she is just more accident-prone than most other kids, maybe because she is tall for her age.

One thing is for sure, the supersticious being in me is really dreading picking her up from school next Thursday.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Random Acts of Funny-ness

Here are some random acts of funny-ness by Arielle from the past week.

Arielle woke up crying last night at 2:30 am. Of course I immediately thought she was sick and would be burning up with a fever. Happily, she wasn't burning up at all or complaining about any other ailment. In the morning, I asked her if she woke up in the middle of the night because she had a bad dream to which she replied, "I accidentally dreamed about ants." I said, "Ants aren't scary though, are they?" and she said, "They were red ants." Earlier that week we had a discussion about animals that could sting you so that is where she learned about red ants. I thought for sure she was having nightmares about the ghosts and goblins on Scooby Doo, which we let her watch before going to bed. Probably not a good idea but she loves that cartoon!

One day Arielle was playing her harmonica and told me she was making restaurant music. And every time a discussion comes up about the President, she asks me why he can't come to our house to meet us. Last night, she insisted on taking a shower instead of a bath. Seeing how afraid she has always been of showers I was happy to accomodate her request. While she was in the shower she said, "Oh, this is much better today!" She still doesn't like to face the water and has to cover her eyes with a washcloth the entire time but that is still improvment. The best one was when she put her arms under her nightgown and stuck her fists out of her chest then told me she has big boobs!!!

Where does she come up with this stuff?

~Momma to Bug~

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Flower Art

Arielle drew her first picture of a flower...followed by lots more flowers!

She was so proud of herself and I can see why. It's so fun to see what a wonderful artist she is becoming. The other day she drew her rendition of a scene from the Three Little Pigs. So cute.

We ended up taking Arielle to a hand specialist the other day and they said we were doing everything right and her finger should be healed within a month's time. Normally it takes 6-8 weeks for broken bones to heal but since she is young it will be less time. They did find that she actually has two fractures on her finger so that probably explains why the bruising was so bad.

It's getting better every day.

Arielle has her first ballet class on Saturday. We can't wait!

~Momma to Bug~

Monday, March 2, 2009

3 Days Later

Arielle's finger has certainly been improving although we still shudder everytime we look at it. We have been icing it regularly and wrapping it in a new and improved splint that a friend {and a hand therapist} made for us. The first picture I posted wasn't even of the bad part so I thought I show you what the bad part looks like three days later. If you have a weak stomach you might not want to see it.

The thing that makes me the most mad about it all is that her school claims somebody called me on my cell and home and left voicemails. Well, they are either lying or they called somebody else's mom because I know I didn't get calls or voicemails. I really don't know what to do because I have been very pleased with her school until now. Arielle really likes it and she has a lot of friends. I don't think changing schools is a good idea but I wasn't afraid to tell them how upset I was about the whole ordeal. All they could was apologize.

I will be scheduling a follow up visit with Arielle's pediatrician today or tomorrow.

~Momma to Bug~