Hope Klutziness Isn’t an Inherited Trait!

Caleb has heaps of bumps and bruises.  He’s discovered this amazing ability to be able to walk one direction while turning his head and looking another direction.  Of course, this leads to trouble.  He’s run into so many walls and tables.  And he likes to try to walk really fast.  His knees and shins look like mommy beats him.

So, last week, Chris tells me his head hurts.  Why?  He closes my trunk SUV door on his head.  What?!  How did you do that?  I’ve never heard of anybody closing a trunk door on their head.  I laughed at him.  I’ve had this SUV for 7 years, and I’ve NEVER closed the trunk door on my head.  Caleb must have gotten his klutziness from his daddy.

Today, we went to the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circus in Anaheim.  It was Chris’ and Caleb’s first time.  Caleb had so much fun, but he didn’t nap long on the way to the circus.  And, it lasted much longer than we expected.  Caleb was ready for a long afternoon nap.  So, we were hurrying at the end to get him home.  We removed the stroller from the SUV trunk to make room for a quick diaper change.  Chris goes to put Caleb in his car seat.  I put the stroller back in the trunk and close the door.  I had to lean in cuz the stroller was starting to fall out.  Whack (really hard)!  Whoa.  That’s right.  I hit myself.  No, not just a little hit.  I whacked my face hard.  My vision went black for a couple of seconds, but not to worry… I didn’t pass out.  I made it back to the passenger front seat.  Tears were rolling down my face.  It was like some uncontrolled reflex since I hit the bridge of my nose so hard.  My forehead, nose, & eyes were throbbing.  Chris tells me I’m bleeding across my nose and it’s getting swollen.  Then, he says, “See, I’m not the only one who can hit my head.”  It hurt my nose so bad to laugh.  6 hours later after lots of ice, it feels much better.  Just a dull ache.  The cut really isn’t bad at all.  I wonder if I’ll get a bad bruise across my face.  Poopers, we have a wedding next Sunday.  And, we’re supposed to have Caleb’s 1 year old family pictures taken.  Oh well.  It’s pretty funny now.  Watch out for those dangerous SUV trunk doors!  I guess Caleb may get my klutziness too.  Poor Caleb.


So, if any of you have seen our baby in the past month or more, you’ve probably noticed he has this red rash on his little cheeks and also occasionally on his forehead between his eyebrows. He has a mix of really dry sensitive skin, eczema, drool rash, and A propensity for rubbing his face back and forth on his blankie when he’s tired or fussy. All have led to this worsening not-so-pretty red rash.

After having a baby, I’ve learned that there is definitely no shortage of baby advice from people – strangers, family, and friends, etc. But, when you attend a Chinese church, this advice is in even more abundance. Some of it’s not bad. Some is just a bit too far fetched for my liking.

Examples of face rash advice thus far:
– Eucerin (makes our baby break out in a fine rash)
– Aveeno baby lotion (also makes our baby break out in a fine rash)
– Aquaphor (makes our baby turn red and puffy everywhere it’s applied)
– Use the pink baby lotion… only the pink one (Umm, ok.)
– You kiss your baby too much, especially on the cheeks. Don’t kiss your baby so much.
– California Baby Calming Creme (makes our baby smell like he’s frolicked in a bunch of flowers)
– Use a diaper that he’s peed in and rub his face with it (Uhh, don’t think we’ll try that).

Anyhow, we visited his pediatrician on Monday since the rash turned weepy and was bleeding on Sunday. Our son has such good hand coordination now that he has decided that scratching with his fingernails is even better than rubbing back and forth on his spit cloth. With a little bit of antibiotic cream and low-dose steroid cream, our son’s face is looking much better. We’ve enjoyed the plethora of advice, though. It’s been quite interesting. 🙂