I will spare you details that at this point I find unncessary, but last Thursday went from a beautiful day, with the bluest skies, to one of the worst of my life in under one minute. My sweet baby girl's face was bitten by a dog. A family dog. All I will say is that in thirty seconds horrible things can happen. I have never felt more panicked and anguished than I did when I picked up my little girl and saw blood on her perfect face and purple plaid dress. The ER doctor assured us we were very lucky, that her wounds are superficial and would quickly heal. No stitches or shots were needed and we were sent home before too long.
I went back and forth on whether or not I wanted to blog about this. Guilt and sadness still lay heavy in the pit of my stomach. I know now this wasn't my fault, but she is still my child, and anything that happens to her is devastating to me. As soon as the shock wore off, Olivia acted completely normal. Goofing around and smiling, trying to get the attention of ER nurses with a huge smile on her bruised face. I decided to post about this, however vaguely, to let other mamas know that these things HAPPEN. They happen to even the most careful and doting parents. Though most people have dogs as a part of their family they are still animals that can be unpredictable, especially around a curious and excited baby girl like ours. The dog that bit Olivia was put to sleep the next day.
I also write this with a heart full of gratitude. Olivia's face is healing even more quickly than I expected, and I know that this could have been so much worse. No permanent damage was done, and she is as vivacious as ever. She is a little weary of dogs, which breaks my heart because she used to love them so much, but I am hopeful that since she is so young this will eventually go away. If you want to see photos of Olivia's wounds from the day of, click here and here.
Here are some photos of baby girl now, as lovely as she has always been. Thankfully, she has a kick ass guardian angel.
The next day, took her to Pigtails & Crewcuts for her very first professional bang trim to keep the hair out of her cuts
Now, complete with strawberry juice from her morning berry breakfast
Me and my heart
*If anyone can recommend any oils, lotions, or creams that are natural and work to help diminish the appearance of scars please share!