Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Thursday at daycare Ben tripped on his own feet and fell forward, hitting his chin on a shelf on his way down. In the process, he split his lip. I got a call letting me know he probably needed stitches, so I headed over and picked him up, and off we went to the ER.

Surprisingly, when I picked him up he was totally calm and happy. We hung out in his room in the ER while we waited to see the doctor. Here Ben is showing off his ouchie. Unfortunately, you can't really see it because it is on the very bottom of his lip, and his lip was too swollen.

It was all down hill from here. They gave him a sedative before the stitches. So I now know what it is like to have a drunk 2 year old. Within minutes of taking the sedative, he was stumbling, his eyes were drooping, and he was laughing at anything and everything.

The doctor and assistant wrapped him up like a mummy and then secured him to a board (for lack of a better term) and taped his head to it, then the assistant held Ben's head down for the doctor. Ben was okay for all of this. But when they stuck that needle straight into the cut on his lip (twice) to numb it, all hell broke loose. Ben screamed. And screamed. He got three stitches. His screams sounded so sad, due to the sedative. He made these strange hiccuping noises and it was heartbreaking for me. I just stood by his feet and rubbed his leg, trying to comfort him.

He did not stop screaming until he eventually fell asleep in the car on the way home, his lip swollen and whitish blue.
I carried him up to his crib and, thankfully, he stayed asleep. I was told he'd take a very long nap due to the sedative, but not my Ben! He napped a little over 2 hours (less than usual). But he woke up like nothing happened. His lip was still swollen, but MUCH better than before. He was ready to go -- happy and adorable. Such a relief!

I took him to the store to get some popsicles, but he spotted BBQ potato chips and asked for those. Of course, I could not resist. (He had a small cut inside his lip too, and he kept licking it, as you can see here.)

 This is Ben's idea of smiling for the camera. He says "cheese," and makes this face.

And here he is doing it again, only this time with a chocolate chip milkshake in hand. (What? Perhaps I spoiled him a little bit. He earned it. And luckily he did not throw up from all the junk!)

He gets his stitches out Wednesday. Fingers crossed that it goes better than when he got the stitches put in.


  1. Did he drink that entire milkshake? That's amazing.

    Good luck with the stitches today!

  2. How did the stitch removal go? Sure hope he's feeling better!