Thursday, 23 June 2011

A Childhood Rite of Passage

Today we reached a milestone in Bee's development.

Well, kind of a milestone.

Bee has been getting more confident recently as we encourage her more and more to use the toddle truck and walk instead of being carried. We can see the tiny improvements in her confidence as the days go by, it's painful slow but it's happening. Today we spent the day at my Grandparents and Bee was in her usual ebullient mood, toddling from room to room holding the hand of anyone who would patiently walk her back and forth. It was during oneof these forays from the hall back through to the living room that it happened.

Bee suffered her first bump on the head.

It happened so quickly; one second she was toddling holding someone's hand and the next second she was reaching out for the table, her hand slipping and falling, catching her eye on the corner of the table as she went down. Well she just crumpled into a ball on the floor and screamed. I dashed over and picked her up, luckily she'd missed her actual eye and caught the top of the eye socket, just on the outer edge of her eyebrow. Already a lump and red mark was forming, although thankfully no split skin and Bee was hysterical.

It only took her a few minutes to calm down, she was very easily distracted by her 'In the Night Garden' book with the buttons and sounds (thanks Clare!)

Bee's poorly right eye

So there we have it: Bee passed a painful but pretty standard childhood rite of passage and has a nice little red, lumpy trophy to prove it. I'm sure as she slowly begins to stand and walk unaided we're going to have many more of those!

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