First stitches – Wordless Wednesday

On Monday afternoon, Julian took a header into the corner of the coffee table at my sister’s office. I had just left and missed the trauma, but returned momentarily after my sister called me and we piled into the car and took him to the ER. Julian got 7 stitches above his left eye and was quite the little trooper.

In the ER, before stitches:

Later that day at home, after stitches:

In the moment, it wasn’t hard to be present for my little guy as he was restrained and stitched back up, but when I think about it now, after the fact, it makes me feel sick to my stomach. I hope I don’t have to go through that again anytime soon. You hear me, coffee tables?? Stay away from my kids’ heads! (We actually retired our coffee table to the basement years ago.)

I’m happy to report that Julian’s been acting just fine since the incident. His eye is mostly swollen shut, but it’s not affecting his desire to play and be his goofy ol’ self.

Ava decided to commemorate the occasion by drawing a portrait of Julian with his ouchee.

Julian gets his stitches out on Saturday – two days before his 3rd birthday. :P Happy birthday, wild boy!

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27 thoughts on “First stitches – Wordless Wednesday

  1. I’m so sorry to hear that and I hope he’s feeling better. One of my kids has been glued in that spot (not always on the same side) 3 times. I read that a lot of ER visits are because of coffee tables. I also haven’t had one for years.

  2. I’m so glad it wasn’t more traumatic – for either of you. When my firstborn was about 3-1/2, he got his finger smashed open in the chain of a stationary bike in our apartment’s workout room. He had to have a few stitches, but acted as though it was really no big deal. The thing he commented on was the coldness of the betadyne (sp?) that they soaked his finger in. :) I, on the other hand, was a mess afterwards.

    Oh, and yeah, coffee tables + little ones = bad news… we don’t have one in our house, either.

  3. Ban coffee tables! We actually bought one when Reagan was tiny, and then sold it a month later. What were we thinking? Hence, there is no where to set your drink down at our house. But, we do have stairs for more toddler fun! Can’t get rid of those unfortunately.

    Most of the boys I had crushes on had coffee table scars in the exact same spot. He may not know it now, but it will pay off later!

    Kudos to you for having an iron stomach through the whole thing! I don’t know if I could be so strong.

  4. Owch!

    When I was in nursery school, I had a similar injury earned from running face-first into a tree. Oops. It gave me a pretty spectacular black eye, though!

    Happy WW! Hope the little guy heals fast.

  5. oooopsy…. I had my first stitch around the same age!! It’ll get well soon though… :) make sure you put some vitamin E oil after the stitches are removed…

  6. Kids are so resilient. I’m sure that Julian will be fine. It’s the adults who take it much harder.

    I’m sending good thoughts to Julian for a rapid recovery, and good thoughts to the big people for not too much worry. :)

  7. OH NO! I hope he is healing well, he doesn’t look like he’s bothered by it in the least lol It’s amazing how resilient little kids can be! I love that drawing!

  8. Poor baby! I went back to work when my oldest was 2 & my grandparents and my mom would watch him until my hubby got home. One day I got a call at work.
    Mom: what’s your doctors #?
    Me: why?
    Mom: well Tyler fell, he’s ok, but he has a cut in his eyebrow and well, it’s….seeping…
    Me: SEEPING?!

    Yeah, that was great. She took him to the doctor & lucky he didn’t need stiches they just put surgical glue on it. Aw, boys.

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  9. Poor thing! I had the same reaction when Gabe had to get an iv put in. I was fine and calm during, but afterwards I was sick to my stomach and kept stressing about it. I told Josh it felt like ptsd!

    Hope he is feeling better soon!

  10. Yeah, I’ve had a similar reaction with each of my kids’ surgeries. I think we are strong in the moment because our kiddos need us to be strong. Once the adrenaline is gone…the reality hits us.

    I am glad that he is OK and I love Ava’s picture.

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