Hi my name is Martha. I am a mother of 6 wonderful children, ages 11, 9, 6, 4, 2, and a 7 month old. I am an extremely busy mommy all day long! So when the weekend comes, I enjoy them as a family with my husband being home helping me along the way with our children.
This past weekend was like no other. We had a lot of fun on Saturday and our Sunday is our “relaxing” day and go to church day. We really don’t do much on Sunday’s but enjoy each other at home; so this past Sunday was a relaxing day and we are getting ready for Thanksgiving. Instead of having to take all my baby’s to the store on Monday, I decided that I would go to the store with my oldest boy (9) while my husband stayed home with all the rest for naptime. Naptime is our “golden” hour to get things done and anyone that is under 6 must lay down for a nap in our house.
While I was away my cute little 4 year old that HATES naps and has hated naps since she was 2, got in trouble for coming out of the room before it was time to come out. When I saw and heard her crying when I got home it didn’t surprise me at all because that is how she is all week long unless she is at school. I asked my husband why she was crying at the window of the bedroom and he said because she came out of her room before it was time and was asked to go back and wait till time is up in there; so I thought that she was just standing at the window because she saw me pull up and wanted me. I ignored her for a good 15 minutes or so, because like I said, she hates naps and it was nothing new with her crying the way she was.
|This is my little 4 year old.|
I do believe that sometimes as parents we get these “promptings” to go and just “check” on our children at certain times, just to make sure they are doing what they should be. Well our little girl sounded like she was calming down and that maybe she finally gave into us and started falling asleep for a nap. Well my wonderful husband said that he was just going to “check” on her, which is very unusual for him to go check because usually he ignores her too when she cries the way she was. I thought that it was just a little strange that he would feel as though he needed to go and check on her and I even said that she is just fine and he didn’t need to do that, but what he saw was very life changing for him.
He calmly told my oldest son to come out and get me so I could help him. I hate to admit it, but because she is our BIGGEST trouble maker, I told my son to go back and tell daddy that if she got herself into trouble than she can figure out how to get out of it. Again my oldest son came back out from telling his daddy what I said and he repeated, pretty calmly, that daddy needed help and he needed help now.
I didn’t know what was going on because my husband never said a thing to me until I got down there to just “help” him. When I walked into my little girl’s room she was hanging from the cord of the blinds. I just about lost it. I didn’t know what to do. I saw how blue she was and how she was becoming very lifeless in my husband’s hands. I yelled out to my older kids to bring the scissors in to me, my hands were shaking so bad and the look I got from my little girl was an image that will never leave my memory.
|The cord that almost killed my girl.|
I couldn’t believe what was happening. I couldn’t believe that my baby girl was slowly slipping away from us. We got her free from the cords and rushed her to the ER. They did a bunch of tests on her; an x-ray and a c-scan as well to make sure there was no damage done on her little body. I was so upset. How did I allow this to happen? Why was I sitting in the ER getting questioned up and down about what happen to her? I never once thought that this could ever happen to us. It never crossed my mind that one of my children would do something like that. You read about it all the time and you feel so bad for that family, but say to yourself, that will never happen to us; well it became a reality to my family.
I almost lost my little girl on Sunday November 18th because I was just going to ignore my little girls cry thinking it was the normal cry she does every other day. I am forever grateful for my husband that got that “prompting” to go down and just “check” on her. I cannot stress enough to go and check to make sure your house is safe for your children. I CANNOT stress enough to make sure you hug your children a little tighter, because you don’t know when their last day will be. You never think that it could happen to you, I thought that too and here I am writing to you all that my worst fear of them all became a reality.
|You don’t ever want to be in here with a child.|
I am so thankful that God allowed my little girl to hang on just a little longer for her daddy to come in and check her and save her. I am so thankful that I get another day with my little girl because I almost lost her. Now go and hug your children and be thankful for them, even if they are your little ones that HATE taking naps, or are your trouble makers because I will take all those days with her, just as long as I can!
I wouldn’t trade it for anything.