Thursday, October 13, 2005

The Times They Are A-changin'

So remember last month when I wrote about the inevitability of Gretel getting hurt? We've accidentally knocked her ankles into bookcases or bumped her legs against a doorframe or hit heads when a swooping in for a kiss as she was moving her head. These things hardly warrant a mention, as they are so slight and she doesn't bat an eye when they happen.
Joe and I are feeling guilty tonight as Gretel fell off the bed for the first
time. I say first time because surely this is not her last fall. At the same
time, we are surely putting steps in place that should have really been
there earlier. In this case, one of us left the girl on the bed after changing
her diaper, turned around to put the diaper in the Diaper Genie, and
then came the thud. It was such a terrible sound. She's fine and was
back to giggling and playing very shortly afterward, her pediatrician's
office thinks there is no problem, and so all we're left with now is
that lingering feeling of guilt that she was scared/hurt because of
our foolishness.

As tough as this is, we're grateful that we learned this lesson without
any serious harm coming to her. It's still hard to believe she is as
mobile as she is, and she is changing so quickly. It's hard to predict
what she might be up to even in a week's time. Of course we'll be as
vigilant as we can be, be as sure as we can to only put her down on
surfaces that are safe, etc. We're just reeling that our little baby,
who would always stay where we'd put her, is now able to move
around this much.
The line it is drawn, the curse it is cast
The slow one now will later be fast
As the present now will later be past
The order is rapidly fadin'.
And the first one now will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'.

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