Friday, April 3, 2009

7 hours of Doctor Visits and a Broken Arm

I never thought I'd have my 19 month-old baby break his arm. But that is just what happened. This has been a crazy week. I had a close call with a car accident, several sleepless nights, and we spent seven hours at doctor's offices today and came home with a beautiful blue cast.

I usually don't write about my personal life on this blog. But I am a real person, who sometimes feels that she isn't the best mommy; who often doesn't do her laundry or the dishes; who gets caught up in things that don't really matter; and who has moments where I realize what is important and what really matters.

This week has been full of those kinds of moments. Because of my beliefs,
tough situations become easier for me to handle. I don't know when my little guy broke his arm. He is a rough-n-tough little guy who is always climbing and always falling. I pick him up several times a day to comfort and hold him. And then it is back to business for him, playing and getting into everything. He must have a strong tolerance for pain.

I could blame myself, and (in a way I do), for being a bad mommy, and not watching him more carefully. I could wallow and feel sorry for the tough situations that surround me. OR I can realize it will all be O.K. His arm will heal with time. The situations that surround me will change and get better. God is in charge and He will take care of us.

I am grateful for these moments in life, when we are forced to stop, look to God, and realize what the most important things in our lives really are. As I look back on these years, I don't want to remember the "crafty crap" I made- it won't be cute in several years anyway. :) I want to remember the cherished moments where my children said something funny, smiled and giggled, and gave me hugs and kisses. I want to be there to experience all the joys these little ones bring into my life. These are the things I will cherish forever.

11 comments:

Lara said...

I'm sorry Sharla! I know how you feel...Bria broke her foot once and I didn't take her in for nearly 24 hours because I didn't think it was that bad. (She has the opposite problem and has such a low tolerance for pain that I tend to downplay it every time she is hurt) I felt like a great mom that day!

He looks happy, so don't worry! Have a better week!

Jennifer said...

Yikes! That's too bad he broke his arm. I'm sure that was frightening to find out and wonder how you missed it! My little guy got croup and now his little brother is sick and I hope I know when to take him in - before he gets RSV. Being a mom is hard, but worth it, like you said ;)

Young Family said...

I am so sorry for your little guy. I hope he heals quickly.

Carol said...

At least its a nice color of blue! :o) Yes, our "crafty crap" won't be so cute in a few years, but it keeps our minds sharp and it makes us feel like we accomplished something, if only for a moment. Besides, I love your "crafty crap" ideas so don't stop sharing them, please! Hope things settle down in your house and your little guy gets lots of extra attention. By-the-way: with two grandsons in my house I know a little about rough-n-tough boys. You ARE NOT a "bad mommy." Stuff happens!

corilee said...

Poor Dude! He's such a tough little guy. When these things happen we all think we're bad mommies when that isn't the case at all. If kids only came with an instruction manual!

Susan Brady said...

He looks like the smile isn't broken and that is the most important thing right now. I don't often comment but I do enjoy your blog. I have used the magazine several times and I am waiting to see how the replacement will work into our needs. If you could contact me at auntsusan40(at)yahoo(dot)com I have a gift for your baby. Thanks for blogging!

Deb said...

He's sure a cutie, blue cast and all! Hang in there. I'm pretty certain every mom doubts herself on a regular basis. Your craftiness is part of what makes you who you are, and, if you're anything like me, keeps you sane so you can be a good mommy!

Kellie said...

We had a 2 hour trip and 3 stitch trip to urgent care for a similar "bad mommy" day this week!!! I feel your pain! Hope he gets better soon, and that you can sleep better this week!

familywithfivekids said...

Oh no! When I read the title I wondered who is was with a broken arm - so sorry to hear! I must say that YOU are a FABULOUS mom - never doubt that.

sharla@mylittlegems said...

Thanks for all your sweet comments! I appreciate all of you ;) thanks:)

Kimberly said...

I know it a late comment, I am just gettin around to the computer again but your words are so true. AMEN