Thursday, April 10, 2008

The First Scrapped Knee of the Season

The kiddos picked to ride their scooters around the neighborhood. I packed up the stroller with some water, a cell phone, and the garage door opener. I was totally prepared for a walk with three kids.

A mere four houses later...

My clumsy Lola took a spill across the pavement and her princess scooter landed in the ditch. The faulted acron was cracked in half. She took one look at her bloody knee and another look at her muddy princess scooter and lost it.

"Ahhhhhh!!!" She gasped for air in the middle of her fit. "My knee! My scooter!!! My knee. MAMAMAMAAAA!!!!"

I scooped her off the floor and quickly tried to save the day. Now, I am no MacGyver here. I had water, a phone, and a garage door opener. More importantly, I had a muddy princess scooter, a bloody knee, an inconsolable middle child, an-outdoor-loving-wants-to-be-on-the-move toddler, and a 5 year old already half way home and not in my sight.

"AHHHHH!!!!" I started to scream. I looked into Lola's eyes and realized that I was the mommy. Okay, got that memo. I changed my stature and fixed my posture. THIS was the first scrapped knee of the season. It has been months since having to deal with outdoor related accidents, I was a little rusty.

"Lola. Look. Do you see how beautiful your blood is?" As I started to speak I realized that I had no clue where I was going with this. I sounded incredibly stupid. I just needed to get her mind off of her knee.

"What a pretty color of blood you have. It is so sweet." I smiled and gently raised her knee for her to see. "It is the color of summer strawberries."

Lola looked at her knee and examined it before smiling out loud. "Yes! It is so pretty. It is the color of watermelon."

"Yes. It is. You have very pretty blood, Lola." I placed the muddy scooter across the stroller grabbed her hand.

"It is as pretty as a ladybug!" Lola giggled.

She stood up and held my hand. She ran after Jay singing "I love my blood! It is the preeeeetiest blood in the world. JAY. JAYYYYY!!!! Look at my blood!"
Mr. OHmommy came home from work and was required, by Lola, to appreciate her pretty blood. "Do YOU like my pretty blood, Daddy?" My husband looked at me perplexed. "DUDE. I had to tell her something!" I laughed.

76classy comments:

Melisa said...

I love your classy chaos. This is just one more example of how great you are, OHMommy! Thanks for all of the creative ideas on dealing with scrapes.

Chelsea said...

Whoa. I am the first.
Here is a sprinkling or love to you and the scraped knees. :)

Chelsea said...

ah, oh well. i tried.

Mr Lady said...

You? Brilliant.

Wendi said...

You are a quick thinker you are. However do you come up with these things? Do you lay in bed at night pondering the next one-liner that could save the day?
Seriously. "Beautiful Blood". "Summer Strawberries".
How do you do it?

tricki_nicki said...

Nice save OHmommy!

Steph said...

Pretty blood huh? Well that is a new one!

Angie said...

So sweet and such a GIRLY GIRL. Oh girls. My boys would simply look around to see if they had an audience. If the audience was a peer, they would laugh, brush off and move on. If the audience was me, they would wail until I promised ice cream to compensate for their pain. Ice cream has amazing healing powers.

KEEP BELIEVING

The Whitsitt Family said...

What quick thinking. These are the things that make you a good mommy.

beth said...

I am totally trying this one the next time my daughter gets a cut (which will probably be tomorrow, because she is just that kid of girl).

Kristen said...

What a great idea! You are doing such a great job of raising a little one with reassurance that she is both beautiful and loved.

BTW- love Lola shoes. Our little princess has a pair of those as well.

LaskiGal said...

You are WAY too good . . .

SLOWDOG said...

Wasn't it just today at gymnastics class that I overheard you telling Lola, "I would prefer if you did not run. You know how clumsy you can be." No one around us batted an eyelash, while I almost fell off my chair laughing out loud.

heart,
slowdog

Beth from the Funny Farm said...

Oh to funny! There is a secret in our family. One of my children refuses to learn to ride a bike because of a scraped knee from long ago. It is hilarious. This girl is super athletic...and she made the comment.. "if her friends knew..."

**laughing**

Kash said...

THis is hysterical. I could just see her eyes shining brightly when she believes her blood is beautiful too!

Jen-The Mom said...

I've never thought of that one! Beautiful blood. Now if I can talk myself into that once a month, my raging PMS wouldn't get the best of me! :)

carrie said...

I am so going to use that one!

Big D said...

ah what a quick recovery, I would have loved to see your husband's when she said that

Laura said...

Great pull out of no where!!!! Love it! I will use that one on our first blood shed this spring.

Cheers!

Hope her little knee heals up fast!

April said...

Ewww, "pretty blood"? LOL Whatever works, right???

P said...

Now, that was good! Wow! I think I'll try that on my 13-year-old son who thinks I'm soooo not funny. I bet I'll get a big laugh! (He'll make fun of me for the rest of his life)

Stella said...

Excellent pick up, mom

Happy Days said...

Too funny! Quick thinking or not, it worked great!!! I love it, prettty blood. I need to try that one!

Kimber said...

Oh Mommy---you are so clever.. I am not sure I would have ever thought of that. But I do plan to use it if I need to;) Our kids do take their cues from us on how to act/react to things though. Well done OhMommy!

Kim

Kathryn said...

Love the quick thinking! That is too funny.

Kelly said...

Very creative....AND you got her mind off of her owie and made her happy. Great work Mrs McGyver!! :)

Love that picture too.

Aimee said...

Love it!! I'm gonna have to try that one with my daughter! She freaks out at the sight of blood!

Melissa said...

LOL! I love that as a mommy you stretched to make it ok that Lola fell. I could learn a thing or two from you...and I already have!

Crystal said...

Oh I am so going to use that one!!! Pretty blood. Classic!

Anonymous said...

Hey there- I can't believe you found my blog. It was supposed to be a secret. I wasn't ready to be outed. Oh Boy! How did you find it? You are GOOD!

Beth said...

Quick thinking! And I love her shoes!

Stephanie said...

Oh that's hilarious! I wonder if my child will have "pretty blood" too. Haha! That's classic. And classy too of course.

LunaNik said...

PRetty blood, eh??

You get the award for most creative way to deal with a skinned knee.

Brav-o, OhMommy, Brav-o!

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

You are a genius!

Ashlee said...

Pretty blood....I would have NEVER thought of that. I am going to file that one away in my brain for future use. Don't know if it will work on my wee one, but it's worth a try!

THopgood said...

Oh that was gooooood! You rock! I'll have to try that one next time!

Tara R. said...

You are a pure genius! It is a good thing you are writing all those wonderful OHMommy-isms down for future generations. ;D

Loved her little shoes too.

Don Mills Diva said...

Way to think on your feet mama!

MamaWise said...

Very quick thinking! Brilliant in fact!

BTW, thanks so much for trekking out to visit yesterday. We had a great time! T3 was waving in the window the whole time you were leaving, and was asking me when you and Fifi would come back. He was so enraptured with her :)

TheVasquez3 said...

pretty blood...bwah ha ha a

Stephanie said...

How funny! That's something I would have NEVER thought of!!!

Jeni said...

Great usage of the technique called "redirecting." I'll have to tell my daughter about your method there in case we have some skinned knees or elbows, etc with the coming summer months.

Shirley said...

What a neat way to take her mind off her pain.

LceeL said...

well done, you. Great mommy psychology on the spur of the moment.

Jenny said...

You are such a good mommy!

My little girl never even noticed scrapped knees last year, but she screamed and cried when she got her first one this year. I was so stunned, I wasn't sure what to do or say!

I'm so impressed with what you came up with! Have a great day!

renatamic said...

instead of a show called "kids say the darndest things" there is a blog that should be called "OhMommy says the darndest things" - aka Classy Chaos. how ever did you come up with that one? must be practice??

btw - did you miss me? i was in NJ for work and stayed out there an extra day cause of the AA cancelations.

greyst said...

Cute story! Pretty blood! Where in the world did you come up with that?

cyndy said...

You are the best, hands down! I'd have never thought of that.

amanda said...

so very clever of you!! pretty blood - think i will add that to my bag of tricks :)

adorable pic too!!

Anonymous said...

LOVE that, great quick thinkin'!! :)Katie

Lisa said...

You are a freaking genious. Pretty blood? You should get a patent on that - until you do I'm going to steal that amazing idea!!!

Jennifer said...

way to go Oh Mommy!!! that was quick thinking!! :)
I love how you totally made it up from out of no where too!!

I might have to use this one!! :)

have a good one!!
hugs, jenn

Cecily R said...

Now that is CREATIVITY at its finest!! Score one for OhMommy!!

LOVE the picture!

MCmommy said...

Pretty blood? That is GENIUS!

Although I wonder what I will say to my boy...maybe if I tell him it's the same color as Spiderman?

Stacey @Real World Mom said...

What an excellent idea!

Tootsie Farklepants said...

Way to go mommy!!!

Amy said...

You rock! I love your parenting style.

Motherhood for Dummies said...

good thinking! That is just great. Seriously you are cracking me up this morning :)

Beth said...

I take care of only boys, no way would 'pretty blood' work with them. I love your list of essentials, too funny.

CC said...

You are oe classy lady!! Wow! Making blood into a pretty thing. I think I'd still be back on the screaming!

CC said...

oops! that should have been "one"

Kupiec Baby Blog said...

Pretty blood...how clever! I'll have to try that one.

krissy said...

Now why didn't I think about that??? We have the scraped skin daily around here!

Lisa said...

Way to handle that one! I'd be running them home getting out Neosporin or hydrogen peroxide :0 (and I wonder why my kids panic when they see blood)

Nan Patience said...

Good save! I can't believe that worked. Bottle of peroxide: $1.19. Box of bandaids: $4.99. Tube of triple action ointment: $5.99. Ability to think up that blood is pretty: priceless!

anglophilefootballfanatic said...

I find more & more we have similar ways of parenting! I taught mine something quite similar. And, way to have her still get to be the center of attention but in a totally different way.

April said...

WOW! I should stop being surprised by how much you impress me, but this is off the charts WOW.

Mommy Bits said...

lol. it's amazing the things we can come up with to make our children feel better.

Amanda said...

Now THAT is a fantastic, quick-thinkin' comment. I'll have to try that with my Drama queen...she thought the fuzz she found in her bellybutton was "really cute" so she'd likely fall for pretty blood. Great tip, Classy Mommy!

zoeyjane said...

excellent thinking on your toes~!

now, how do you make sure she doesn't become a gothy girl? :P

Phyl said...

Brilliant absolutely brilliant!

Kimmylyn said...

You are an all star at saving the day.

Grandy said...

Well played Classy Mama!! You won that round HANDS DOWN!!

secret agent mama said...

Well played! :)

I just love her shoes.

LiteralDan said...

Make sure she knows blood is only pretty in small quantities, or you might be headed for some trouble!

Nickoal said...

You come up with great ideas!! Thanks for the tip!

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