I’m really getting concerned about my Little. For the second time in less than six months she’s hurt herself in major accident due to complete disregard of rules and her own self preservation.
Everyone was in their rooms for quiet time. I had a busy day at work and I was relaxing in bed too. I heard Little get up and shuffle off to the bathroom and then I heard her shuffle off back to her bedroom. She came out of her room one other time, but I scolded her. A few moments later, just as the Boys settled down and I closed my eyes in comes Little, left hand, both arms, face, and legs covered in blood.
“Mama, it hurts. I need help.” She said sobbing.
So of course I immediately hopped up to clean her up and assess the damage. I asked her what happened and she said she cut herself trying to open a freeze pop with a kitchen knife. I cleaned her up as best as I could, and quickly wrapped her up with a bandaid before I followed her into her room where I found her bed covered in melted popsicle and not one, but TWO different knives from the knife block.
With my initial assessment of the cut I decided to take her to the urgent care. It was deep and I was afraid she might have cut under the nail bed. I figured worst case scenario I pay a $20 copay for them to bandage her up with some gauze and clean it. NOPE. My Little girl needed five stitches because she nearly severed the tip of her index finger.
She did really well, only freaking out when they gave her the numbing shot. The rest of the time she watched the entire procedure and chatted with the doctor and nurses about how she wants to be a doctor some day. Like she’d been getting sewn up after major trauma her entire life.
I don’t understand what’s going through her head lately. She refused to get a butter knife from the kitchen drawer to butter her toast because it was dangerous two days before the popsicle incident, yet then she thought the big kitchen knives, put away on the back of the counter (which she had to scale to get to the knives btw) that she’s never even been allowed to touch for any reason before… were totally not dangerous like the butter knife.
I don’t know… maybe it’s just part of her growing up. Is that a normal five year old behavior? Ignoring boundaries and rules to the point where they injure themselves? I’m going to talk to her pediatrician again at her follow up when they remove her sutures. Maybe it is just normal developmental behavior for an independent, headstrong kid…