This morning started like most. Up at the crack o’ dawn with the kids. Ate breakfast (I missed my standard Oatmeal with a Hazelnut Latte while we were away. I savoured every bite this morning). The kids playing with toys while I baked some cookies.

I went down to the office to talk to Honey for a few minutes. Nathan called me, so I headed back up the stairs. Sort of.

I placed my right foot on the bottom stair. I pushed off to take my next step, and my foot slipped out from under me. I put my arms out to brace my fall, but that didn’t work too well. We have open stairs with no risers. My hand went through the opening, and I slammed my right bicep against a stair. That was right about the time that my right cheek bone ricocheted off of another stair. I screamed.

Matthew was at my side immediately and helped me sit up. I was sobbing uncontrollably. He first asked if I had hit my belly (I hadn’t – I landed on my right side). He then asked if I thought I had broken my cheekbone, to which I replied, “I don’t think so.” He ran up to grab me an icepack, and then helped me to the couch. Graham asked, “Are you OK, Mommy?”

I told him I was OK, and he told me that it would be better in the morning. I had quite the goose egg. Matthew pulled out the Health Guide, and as there was no blood around or in my eye, ice was all that was recommended. No need for a special trip to the doctor. I go tomorrow for my weekly check-up anyway.

Here are a couple of pictures to show you how beat up I look. Here’s one taken about an hour after I did the deed. Note the swelling:

Right After

Here’s one from a few minutes ago. The swelling has gone down, but now my face is turning a nice shade of blue and red. Good thing those are my two favourite colours.

The Bruise Matches My Eyes

It doesn’t hurt too much – it stings the most when I smile. It’s hard not to do that when you have a little Graham in your life. A short while after I smashed my face, he was heading down the stairs to see Daddy. He calls out to me.

“Hey, Mommy! Watch me!” He then grabs the railing.

“When you go down the stairs, you need to hold the railing just like I’m doing.”

“Oh yeah? Why is that, sweetie?”

“So you can’t hurt yourself anymore.”

Thanks, Champ. He’s so sweet it hurts.

I’m interested to see just how black and blue I get. The swelling has an upside – my laugh lines are almost gone. Who needs Botox? Just hit yourself in the face a few times.

Now I just need to decide if I want to cover it up with makeup, or instead put eye shadow on the other side to balance it out. You know, go for a funky look.

The options are endless.

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  1. christy September 11, 2006 6:46 pm edit

    That’s quite a shiner! I’m glad it wasn’t worse. Reminds me of the time I fell down our crawl space the day before Megan was born. I had a five inch black bruise on my inner thigh when I delivered. I think I raised a few eyebrows.
    And you still look pretty even with a shiner.
    No fair.

  2. Mel September 11, 2006 7:30 pm edit

    OUCH !! That looks like it hurt. Glad to hear that you are all okay.

  3. Robyn September 11, 2006 7:57 pm edit

    Ooooch, that looks very sore! I’m glad you didn’t land on Baby D. Graham is a sweetheart to show you the safe way to go up the stairs :)

  4. becky September 11, 2006 8:43 pm edit

    Ouch! I’m glad you didn’t hurt the baby! I vote you use eyeshadow on the other eye, the colour really brings out the blue in your eyes;) Keep the pictures coming, I want to see the whole spectrum of the rainbow. Hope you feel better soon!

  5. Lisa September 11, 2006 9:01 pm edit

    Oh wow…that doesn’t look good at all. It probably will be hard to explain to the dr. tomorrow too.

    “no, I swear, I feel UP the stairs” hehehehe…

    Sorry. But Graham sure is a cutie!

  6. Tanneal September 11, 2006 9:11 pm edit

    Oh my goodness!!! I can’t believe how BLUE it is! It really does look like that cool blue eyeshadow from the 80’s…probably not the way you wanted to remember that era! Glad you and baby are ok though…take er’ easy eh?? You’re going to need another vaca!

  7. daybe September 11, 2006 10:24 pm edit

    dude…I have never seen that shade of blue on someone. At first, before I read your post…I thought it was paint.
    Graham rocks my world. I need some Graham time, he makes me laugh so hard I can’t breathe. What a sweetie.
    I’m glad the baby is fine, and I hope you heal soon.
    Only 4 more weeks!

  8. Amanda September 12, 2006 8:09 am edit

    Falling on stairs is always a somewhat suspicious explanation for a black eye but you’re proof that it can actually happen! Poor girl. Of course, I’m glad that you and baby are OK.

  9. reddirtroad September 12, 2006 10:23 am edit

    Oh, dear. How’s it looking today? What did the doctor say?

  10. Rebecca September 12, 2006 12:38 pm edit

    I’m glad to hear you are ok except for that shiner! I must say it is really a lovely shade of blue! And I agree about the Target I saw their maternity clothes in a magazine and was jealous we dont have one. I know the clumsiness is a real pain I am constantly covered in bruises that I have no idea how I got soon it will all be over!! :)

  11. Kami September 12, 2006 12:52 pm edit

    Yikes! That 8lb watermelon you are carrying is wreaking havoc with your sense of balance.

    I am VERY glad baby is fine and agree the blue is a beautiful shade! Try matching the other side to really get people gawking :)

  12. jazz September 12, 2006 1:01 pm edit

    Sorry to hear about your fall, it looks sore. I too have fallen up stairs not fun.

  13. Leah September 12, 2006 1:09 pm edit

    Yikes! Glad to hear you’re okay.

  14. Hannah September 12, 2006 1:26 pm edit

    Oh dear! I’m sorry to hear about your fall, I hope you aren’t in too much pain any more.

  15. Susan September 12, 2006 1:40 pm edit

    I am so glad you and baby #3 are okay! I fell so many times when I was preganant with Kynan. Call it the pregnancy clutz. Glad to see you are only a little “blue” and not more than that.

  16. Lisa September 12, 2006 3:21 pm edit

    I’m wincing and couldn’t get past the picture…

  17. Jolanda September 12, 2006 4:06 pm edit

    I am so glad you two are ok (baby and you) My gosh I would have freeked out. Hopefully the eye and you recover soon. Take care.

  18. Amanda Franks September 12, 2006 6:44 pm edit

    Wowzers. That is the best blue I have ever seen in a shiner. Crazy. Glad that you have such great men to take care of you!

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