Along with all the benefits, such as learning independence, I knew that allowing the children to do gymnastics, to climb and jump, could potentially cause injury. I can't tell you how many times I sprained an ankle or fell down while doing gymnastics and playing softball, so I'm actually a little surprised with how few injuries my children have sustained. And up until now, only one of those injuries was kind of serious.
Now raising kids free range does not mean we have no rules or limits. For example, no gymnastics in the house. This is one of the most frequently broken rules. That brings us to last night. All the kids love doing cartwheels in the house, especially while I'm distracted making dinner or doing laundry. Last night our oldest (who will be 8 on Saturday) decided to take her cartwheel to a whole new level. She stood on top of the coffee table, leaned over to place her hands on the ground... And that's when I heard the screech. She was crying in pain.
This morning I spent 5 1/2 hours driving to and waiting at the doctor's office, driving to a specialist in Des Moines, waiting on X-rays. The conclusion? Lily broke her elbow, but didn't need surgery. She will be in a cast at least 4 weeks. It's been less than seven hours since her cast was placed and she feels less pain, but is uncomfortable because it itches. And it's already been an adjustment for the siblings. Little sister Addy was surprised that Lily won't be able to jump on the trampoline for several weeks. Baby brother Tucker wanted to be picked up and snuggled by his big sister. And little brother Sean wanted to sit on Lily's lap to play on computer. Lily said this might be the hardest six weeks of her life.
Bright side? Lily picked a purple cast and the tech even sprinkled glitter on it for her! So she will be wearing purple sparkles for her birthday party.