Sunday, June 04, 2006

Kaylee's first shiner...

…and it's gonna be a beauty. Thursday I offered to let the kids take a bath in our big tub in the master bath, so I could get some very overdue cleaning done in there while they were soaking. Although Kaylee was initially reluctant, Matthew leapt at the chance, and Kalyee was happy to follow once he got in. They had so much fun, they asked if they could again on Friday and again on Saturday. Great for me, since there was, ahem, quite a LOT more cleaning that really needed to be done in there. Well, by Saturday, Kaylee was getting a lot more comfortable in there, and I had to issue repeated warnings for the kids to settle down.

Somehow Kaylee managed to whack her left cheek HARD on the faucet, about an inch from her eye. At first I thought she had hit the side of her head, but couldn't find any bump, and then I caught sight of the rapidly swelling lump on her face. I got them out of the tub and yelled for Mark to make me up an ice pack while I got her dried off. Mark's friends were over, and one of them had brought cookies, so Mark grabbed a couple of those for the kids. Apparently, M&M cookies are a magical cure for the emotional trauma of a whack to the face, because that calmed Kaylee down immediately. We sat and watched cartoons, with her in my lap, while I held the ice pack gently on her bump. She was completely cheered up and back to her usual self by the time supper was ready half an hour later.

Only the area of the actual impact was showing any signs last night, but of course, by this morning, she was starting to look more like a one-eyed raccoon. The pics below were taken this afternoon. The little red mark in the full face pic is where it actually hit. The flash kinda washes it out a bit, so it doesn't look quite as bad in the pics as it does in person. Hopefully, it won't get too much worse before it gets better.





So, obviously, no more swimming for them in that tub until we can find some sort of spout guard for that faucet. I don't even know if they make them that will fit it, since it's a bit wider and longer than your average faucet. I've fired off an email to our trusty baby-proofer hoping he'll have a suggestion, but I haven't been able to find anything online, so I'm not terribly optimistic.

7 comments:

Tania said...

OUCH! Poor kid, I'm sure she'll recover fine, but jeez that must have hurt in the moment!

Melinda said...

owie! that looks like it hurt. probably won't settle them down in the bathtub any though LOL at least it's never changed my kids' habits.
M&M cookies are magical, didn't you know?

karin said...

yeowch. :o(

That looks quite sore, and definitely worthy of a magical m&m cookie!

Hope it heals quickly, and well .....

Natalie said...

Yikes! Kim, wow, what a shiner! ...but your post makes me think I need to make some M&M cookies for us here - no shiners to speak of, but we could use a bit of magic right now.

I hope Kaylee's feeling better by now.

And in case I didn't say it earlier - Happy (belated) Anniversary! 15 years?! WOW!

Francine said...

Oh poor kiddo! Oh, that looks nasty. Give that child some more cookies right NOW. She deserves it :)

Laura said...

Yowza! That's a beaut! Poor girl; I'm glad the cookie worked so well. I hope she's feeling (and looking) better soon!

mrs.S said...

Omgoodness, the poor little thing! But she sure is a trooper to have that smile for the camera! LOL!