Some people are smart enough to learn from other people's mistakes; others just have to make their own.
I guess I fall into the latter group.
In my sleep-deprived brilliance, I decided to give co-sleeping a try. Several smart parents I know have had success (and sleep!) with this approach. So, during naptime on Saturday, Joe put Sam down for a nap and I took Andie to bed with me.
Unfortunately, I finally got Andie to sleep and Sam started yelling from his crib. Afraid he would wake up my over-tired daughter, I stacked some pillows around Andie as a barricade, shut the door, and whisked Sam downstairs for some Diego time.
About the time Diego was rescuing his chinchilla or macaw or koala bear, I heard a crash...and then crying. Feeling sick to my stomach, I ran upstairs to find Andie on the floor at the foot of the bed. She cried for about 30 minutes straight and while I couldn't see anything wrong with her, she wouldn't nurse or be comforted with rocking, so I called Joe to come home. After she finally fell asleep for a much-needed nap, she was still crying off and on, so I took her to urgent care.
The PA at urgent care told me that she seemed okay but to come back on Sunday if she was still crying.
Sunday, Andie wouldn't stand on her left leg and cried whenever we tried to change her diaper. She didn't suck on her toes on her left leg or try to roll around. So, we headed in to her pediatrician's office that afternoon for a second opinion.
A few x-rays later we found the problem: a fractured femur.
Fractured femurs aren't common in 7 month olds. So...lots of xrays were taken to make sure nothing else was broken.
And, a CPS referral was started.
Both Mom and baby were in tears by the end of this process.
Fortunately, the radiologist thought my story fit with her xrays and the CPS worker felt further investigation was unnecessary.
We saw the orthopedist today who thinks she must have landed on her left knee, creating a "wrinkle or crease" in her femur. It's not a big break...not even really a true break...so he thinks she'll heal up in about 2 weeks without a cast or splint. He also told me he has 4 kids and things like this happen all the time..."but don't let her fall off a high surface again." Okay, okay. Point taken.
Lesson learned: No amount of sleep is worth this trauma.
So, today, I put my bad-sleepin' baby to nap in her crib...
...with a bottle.
(We'll fight that battle another day).