Heather and I have been blessed with 5 children in 7 years. Amazingly this was our first trip to the ER. Even with Josiah at age 6 and all boy we've never had an ER run with him.
No, it was Erinae, child 4, who has broke our winning streak. She tripped as toddlers often do and fell into a wall. Now walls are awful sharp and sure enough she busted her lip open. The doc described it as a 'burst wound'.
It was a Saturday night, the house was humming as children prepared for bed time. 8:00pm had come and just gone when a cry ascended the stairs. A wail of pain and a helpful explanation from the attending big brother, "Erinae hurt herself!"
With only the amazing Grace of God, grandparents Jevans were also in the home. Grandad stayed with the sleeping children while mommy, Granmama and the 2 youngest girls left to find daddy and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Daddy had finished the evening performance of youth dinner theatre and was actually free to go along (did I mention the grace?).
So off we went. The doctor would put 6 tiny stiches in the lower lip of our Erinae. All to save her beautiful smile. The combination of Valium and Lortab made her quite loopy on the way home. But she is doing well as are mommy and daddy.
The 1:30am return home was in the end probably the toughest part of recovery. The stiches are due to be removed tomorrow.