Megan - posted on 10/10/2016 ( 9 moms have responded )
I am struggling today. Yesterday, my almost two year old son was running through the house, fell and hit his head on the edge of the fireplace hearth. He didn't lose consciousness or suffer any concussion side effects, but it caused a huge gash above his eye brow.
It was literally the most terrifying moment of my life. We rushed him to the Children's Hospital and he received 12 stitches for the wound. He did great at the hospital and didn't cry or struggle at all. He has been a great mood since. I don't think he even knows that he has an injury.
But while we have outlet covers, cabinet hooks and other safety items, I never installed bumpers around the fire place. My older daughter was so safe at that age, and I just never imagined something like this happening. I am sick to my stomach with myself that he will likely have a scar for life because of my lapse in judgement. It is my job to protect him and keep him safe, and I am feeling completely responsible for his injury.
I can't stop crying about it today and am very disappointed in myself. Has anyone else gone through something similar to this, and, if so, how did you cope with the feelings of guilt? Any thoughts appreciated.