SIDENOTE: I was going to write about the fact that he destroyed our entire first floor this evening by shoving his fingers down his throat and forcing himself to throw up in 15-20 different little rancid puddles (I was outside; Clarissa was on the phone, trying to schedule a time for someone to clean our house). But this new development is worse.
Max (pictured, eating a rock) hit his head really hard last night. He was jumping on our bed after his bath, as is his custom, and he fell backward on our nightstand.
It looked bad. It sounded bad.
He cried, but it passed, and he went to sleep without a fuss. Still, I checked on him a few times to make sure he was OK, and he was.
Looking back, I think he may have been concussed. I think he still may be concussed.
This morning, he was sweet and cooperative. This afternoon, when I picked him up from day care, he was in the same good mood. And he received a “GREAT” instead of an “Uh-Oh” on his daily report card for the first time in weeks.
We’re back home in Charlotte. We had fun in Tennessee.
The last 24 hours have been challenging, though. Two-year-olds aren’t built for travel.
At one point today, after we stopped for drive-through lunch and after he played with the Happy Meal toy, Max asked for fries. I gave him his fries. Then he asked for apple slices, which I also gave him.
He ate everything. We were on the road, making good time, and all was well. Max’s car seat in back is on the opposite side of the driver’s seat, so I can see him and hand him things. I glanced over my shoulder, and he was content.
And then he asked for the chicken nuggets.
He was quiet, and all of a sudden, as I was passing a truck on the outside of a sharp turn in the mountains near the North Carolina border, a half-eaten nugget hit the steering wheel. Before I could figure out what it was, a full nugget hit the back of my head.
Then two more flew at me, right on top of each other, like rapid fire. One hit the dash and landed in my lap. Another hit the windshield.
The rest of the ride, which really wasn’t the greatest up to that point anyway, went downhill from there.