A few days ago we had the pleasure of enjoying a beautiful day outside. We were celebrating with dear friends and their newly turned 3 year old. Everything was going pretty well I thought.
The kids had an awesome playground to play on, a volleyball court full of sand, which is the hot commodity for Zo at the moment.
We snacked and had delicious cupcakes. Just basically a kid party that really couldn't turn out any better.
Then we got to present time. Bear was content to watch his buddy open all birthday gifts, even though he tried to steal a few. Zo was in my lap, getting a little wriggly.
D.i.c. told me to let her down and he would watch her. So I did. Even though I should have known better.
I will NEVER forget the sound for as long as I live. My world stopped as I turned around to see Zo lying motionless face down on pavilion pavement.
My stomach dropped completely out. My breath stopped while my heart sped up. I cursed several times in front of a pastor.
I scooped her up and held her tight and finally the screaming started. Loud and pissed. Boy was she pissed!
D.i.c. told me that he wouldn't let her go to the sand pit and she got pissed and literally went from her feet to her face. On pavement. Her head bounced. It happened so fast he had no time to stop it.
Zo has been banging her head when she doesn't get her way for about the last 4+ months. It is traumatizing and frustrating for all involved. And sometimes, she really hurts herself.
As a parent it's difficult for me to watch this behavior while being unable to stop her from doing it. I'm hoping this is just a phase. Dear God, please let it be a phase. Because, quite frankly, I don't know how much more I can stomach.
Even if Baby Center says it's completely normal......
At the start of the party. ^
Before the gnarly bruise, hospital trip, and concussion watch.
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