Sunday, June 22, 2008

A Birthday, A Move, and a Trip to the ER (Part II)

First, it was my husband's birthday.  Because we lived in two oddly empty houses on his birthday, I decided to pack up the kids, come to the new house, and dive in to cake-baking.  It looked a little like this:

Blowing out candles looked a little like this:

Then we moved, finally.  And it looked a little like this:

Check out the shirts, inspired by Cheri at Blog This Mom, won by Jenn and Juggling Life, and created by Trish at This is Trish's Blog.  It was a collaborative effort.

Then there was a little bit of this:

Although this time it wasn't at the beach, it was in our living room, and the landing didn't go over quite as well.  Let's just say, Patrick has never been so afraid in his life.  Tatum fell out of his arms on the landing, on her back, and her eyes rolled back.  

I was called downstairs to the scene.  I asked Tatum where it hurt.  She pointed to her forehead.  Again, she fell on her back so I was a bit worried that her brain had done a bounce on her forehead.  She whimpered, but didn't cry much, which is almost harder.  But she didn't seem too badly hurt.  More shocked than anything, like her Daddy.  

Then Tatum fell asleep.  Uh-huh.  About 5 minutes after the fall.  I know, I know.  We're not supposed to let them sleep after a head injury.  But it was extremely hot, it was around 2:00, and she may just have been truly tired.  She slept on the couch while we watched her breathe.

Then she woke up.  And vomited.  And vomited.  And vomited a third time.  She wasn't saying much more than a mumbled word here and there.

So Gran rushed over to take Chase, and we went to the ER.

Tatum vomited on the drive over as well.  

We got in.  It took over an hour to be seen.  But in that hour, our tiny little girl became much more like herself.  She sang.  She spelled words.  She went potty.  She smiled.  She talked on the phone.  We had a feeling things were going to be alright.

By the time we were seen, it had been about 4 and a half hours since the fall.  She was okay.
Here's a good lesson, besides not throwing your kids in the air anymore, (can I just tell you how utterly scared and terrible Patrick felt?), according to the ER doctor, if your child has a head injury and falls asleep and vomits, it's not necessarily reason enough to bring them in.  He said it was more important to go based on their behavior.  Are they acting abnormal, which in her case was yes.  I'm no doctor, so follow your own gut, but I had always thought falling asleep was a no-no, and then vomiting meant, holy crap, get the kid in NOW.  Tough call.  We called about 147 doctor and nurse friends and they all said, go to the ER.  Glad we did.  Even better, that she is just fine.

Ta-Da!  I'm okay!

And here they are, the next day looking, and acting as cute as ever.  Thank God.


Amber M. said...

HOLY CRAP. Glad that Tatum is okay. So, so scary.

Been missing your posts...

Mary said...

Woah. I am glad Tatum is okay. That must have been very scary! Your poor husband, he must have felt awful :(

Chase looks so grown up in that last picture!

Lori said...

glad to hear Tatum is ok, I would have brought her to the er too.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

That is truly scary. I'm not a panicker, but I would totally have gone to the E.R.

You are going to take a break from moving on Wednesday night, aren't you?!

Chrissy said...

Good Lord, that would have scared the bajeebies out of me. Glad you took her, and glad she's doing fine. Sounds like things have been crazy busy for your family. Hope things get back to normal for you all soon!

Amy said...

Oh and so you haven't been up to much lately? Yikes!!! I hope Tatem and your husband are okay.

You have had a lot on your plate these days - I hope you are all well and settling in to your new home. Best wishes, my friend!

Amy said...

Oh and so you haven't been up to much lately? Yikes!!! I hope Tatem and your husband are okay.

You have had a lot on your plate these days - I hope you are all well and settling in to your new home. Best wishes, my friend!

Life As I Know It said...

wow - glad she is ok. I always thought sleeping and vomiting after a head injury was serious too...

BTW- the kitchen in your new house looks awesome!

Amy said...

Oh my gosh, how scary!! My hubs throws our kids up too and I always cringe a little. I'm glad that she is okay! And that you are finally moved in!

Kathryn said...

Holy crap!!! So glad she is ok. That must have been so scary! And I feel bad for your hubby too. He must have felt like poo.

My hubby throws are little guys in the air all the time! Maybe I should tell him to stop that. ;)

Kristen said...

In response to your post...

Yippee for fun birthdays and cake!

Hooray for the move!!

HOLY CRAP about Tatum!

Whew!! So glad to hear that she is OK, and YES I would have gone to the ER too! :)

Hoping your next post is about something calm. But seriously the kids are just too cute! They even look like they are helping with the move. Lucky Mom! Hope that was real helping!

chris said...

What cute kids! Glad that Tatum is okay.

4 Little Men & Twins said...

Happy Birthday and oh my! Paul has played like that with the kids so many times. Luckly no one has been dropped.

about the 'not falling asleep'. After a head injury the best thing you can do it sleep. When to worry is when they don't act like themselves and are nodding off when they shouldn't. The vomiting would have worried me though... that's odd. So glad she's okay.


My Ice Cream Diary said...

Tell Patrick that I know just how he felt. I will never be rid of the enormously awful memory of burning my baby girl's head with boiling water. *shudder* Saddly, even after the doctor deemed her fine and gave me many reassurances that her hair would grow where she was burned, I still had to see it every day. That was a month of many guilt ladden tears.

I'm SO SO glad Tatum is ok.

Denise said...

Wow. That is scary. So glad she is OK. The house looks great!

Melanie said...

SO glad she's OK. I'm a worrier and would have gone to the ER too. Welcome to the neighborhood!

dkuroiwa said...

Oh my...when you all do it up, you do it up good, don't you?!?!
I hope that Tatum AND especially Patrick have thinking it may take him a lot longer!! But...sometimes a trip to the ER is just something you have to do.
And this may sound strange, but...may this day, with all its ups and downs (!) be the worst one.... you will have in your new house!

Love the last picture of Chase...he looks so different (yet still totally cutie!) without his glasses!!!

Stephanie said...

Oh my gosh! I would have done the same thing you did and rushed her into the ER. I can only imagine how you guys felt - talk about scary! Glad she was okay! She looks just as cute as ever! :)

MoziEsmé said...

Cake-making looks fun!

Glad Tatum is okay! She looks as cute as ever.

Krystyn said...

Glad she's okay. I've heard the same things about heads and puking!

Glad the move went okay, too!

Wendi said...

I am not sure what looks yummier?
The cake.
Your kids.
Or that fabulous looking kitchen.
I can't decide.

Happy birthday to Patrick!

So sorry about the drama and the trauma around little Tatum.
I would have done the same thing.
Falling. Sleeping. Vomiting.
Not a good combination.
I am glad she is doing okay now.
I think you deserve a day OFF today!

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

Wow--thank goodness she's OK
The cake baking looked FUN :)

OHmommy said...

Phew! Glad to hear she is okay.

UHG! What is up with blogger comments? this is my 3rd attepmt!

Lindsey said...

I would have been freaking out. Who am I kidding? Just reading about it all had me freaking out. Really. I promise. I am so thankful that she is ok. As we say here in the South, "Bless your heart"!!!!!!!

Love all the pictures and I adore the t-shirts! Too cute! Your children are so adorable. I'm sure you HEAR that ALL THE TIME, it never gets old. Does it???

I hope all that moving is going along smoothly!

duchess said...

Glad she's ok and welcome back to bloggyworld.
You were missed.

duchess said...

Glad she's ok and welcome back to bloggyworld.
You were missed.

CC said...

aaaaaacccccckkkkkkk! How scary!!! So glad she's okay!!

Lisa said...

Holy Crapoly - I would have about died! I bet you were scared to death!!! What a couple of weeks you've had!!!

So glad that everything ended up okay. Could she be any cuter posing it up? I mean, really!

Karen said...

Good heavens! So glad she's alright - I would have taken her in as well.

Poor Patrick.

Hilary said...

Ack, I'm glad she's ok. I've always heard not to let them fall asleep too but realisitcally, it's the body's best means of healing. Perhaps it's so they don't vomit while sleeping? Anyway, I'm glad that all turned out well in the end. Poor Dad.. he must have felt so bad.

If it weren't for knowing the outcome after that photograph, I'd say how it was such a perfectly beautiful shot... because it really was.

Thanks for your visit to my blog. :)

Sue said...

Yup, would have gone to the ER too. Glad that everything is OK with Tatum!
Your new house is looking FABULOUS!
We have similar minds, I set up the kids' bedrooms and unpacked the wine glasses (we just moved too). Us girls have to stick together!

Jennifer said...

oh my goodness.

thank God she is okay. i hope patrick ins't beating himself up too much over this. really it could happen to anyone. i think all daddy's do this to their children or at least most do. :S i will have to tell bryan about your story, he does this often with the girls.

love the pics. :)


LaskiGal said...

How did I miss this??? So glad she is OK. SCARY . . . but I'll bet that singing just melted your heart and let you breath one big sigh of relief!

The Girl Next Door said...

Good GOlly Miss Molly, that must've scared all of you to pieces. I would've gone to the er, too (seems to be the consensus here...) those shirts (and those kids!) are way toooo adorable. Great cake - you must have patience to bake with 2 3YO. Go momma!

Angela said...


Well at least all was fine in the end.

You keep finding ways to keep busy.

carrie said...

I am so glad she's okay - I would have freaked out! When my husband used to do that, I just had to turn away because I knew I'd have a heart attack if I watched . . . but it's a totally normal little kid thing, I am just a big baby! :)