Is it possible to be an overprotective parent? It seems there is some arbitrary line from being a normally protective parent to being overprotective. I don’t know if I crossed that the other day when I took my 14 month old to the ER.
I was getting his bottle out of the fridge when I closed the door and noticed him screaming. Usually that means he just really wants his bottle really bad. Then I realized, to my horror, I had closed the door on his left thumb. And it was in the hinge part, not the soft rubbery part of the door. Immediately I opened it up and picked him up into my arms and held him while he whailed.
The first logical thing to do was to call my wife (she’s much better in these situations). I burst, “I think I broke Benjamin’s thumb!” There was silence. Usually that means I’m in trouble. This time, though, she spoke softly, ‘Well, you’d better take him to the ER and get it checked out.’
“The ER?!” I didn’t like the idea of sitting for hours with a screaming baby waiting to get an X-ray. But I quickly got him together and Aimee met me at the hospital.
We didn’t even have to check in when we walked in. A doctor happened to be available and looked at it right away. By this time, Benjamin was cooing and in a good mood (he likes car rides).
“Doesn’t look like there’s anything wrong with it,” the doctor said almost immediately. “Baby’s fingers are so small and mostly tissue, it’s really difficult to break, so I doubt there’s any damage,” he continued. I felt a little sheepish, as Ben was now playing with the doctor’s stethoscope.
“Are you sure?” I inquired. I just had to be sure the trip wasn’t for naught.
But in the end, I felt like an overprotective parent. Fortunately, my wife who is so understanding told me she was glad that I overreacted than find out later that something worse had happened.
What will I do when something really bad does happen?
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[thumb:630:l] The WGTS family just keeps growing. If you’ve heard Blanca Vega on Saturday afternoons over the last few months, you probably heard about her exciting news that she had a baby on the way. And during the last month, we all wondered when this new bundle of joy would arrive! After several weeks anticipating (and several months for mom and dad), Blanca gave birth to a healthy boy this past Sunday at 8pm…Joshua Alexander Vega. He entered the world at a very healthy 8.5 lbs and 21.5 inches! Mom, dad and baby are all doing well. Please help us in praying for the family as they learn to care for the new little one (and that they get some semblence of sleep) and that he will grow to be what God has in store for his life.
[thumb:602:l] I remember going back to school after a nice summer break and each year the teacher would give us an assignment to answer the question ‘What did you do this summer?’ This was my favorite assignment all year. Probably because my parents didn’t give me many chances to be bored. I’ll never forget one summer travelling across the U.S. in our Datsun; down to swampy Louisiana across the flat never-ending roads in Texas, the cactus desert in New Mexico, up through the Rockies of Colorado and on to Big Sky country–Montana. My favorite memory from that trip was seeing Yellowstone National Park with the buffalo and Ol’ Faithful. That’s a family vacation I still hold close. But you know, it wasn’t so much all the places I got to see that made it memorable. It was getting the chance to spend time with both my mom and dad all to myself. My siblings were all grown up and I was able to spend it with them–and a few other close relatives we visited along the way.
With Labor Day over, all we may have is a few memories from our summer. But I hope the ones you have will last. Because it’s not all about vacations and traveling. It’s about the quality time you spent together that you and your kids may be able to look back on twenty years from now and say ‘hey remember when…’
Feel free to leave your comments below and share what made your summer so memorable.
Britnee is Found!
Britnee is SAFE and at HOME after 7 days.
Thank you for all of the assistance, care, love and prayers that went out to find her. The amount of support that was received to find her is mind blowing.
Have You Seen this Girl? – FOUND
When I was growing up I remember seeing those milk cartons with the pictures of missing children. Honestly, I didn’t give it much thought because either I didn’t know them or figuring I’d never see them anyway. Then there was Elizabeth Smart. That really changed my perspective a bit as I realized there really is hope. The media hyped it up, but a good person who had seen her picture helped find her captors.
Sadly, there is a 15 year-old girl from Springfield who is missing. I don’t even want to imagine what her parents must be going through, but I’m sure they are just beside themselves. Her name is Britnee Marshall and she was last seen on July 27th. They say she could be anywhere at this point from Virginia to California. She deleted all her e-mails, my space, old cell numbers, and shredded all of her journals.
Please keep this family in your prayers, at the very least. If you do happen to have any information, please contact her dad at Jeff@re-aligned.com and of course your local police department.