He tripped over the tail of his invisible sleeping dinosaur

Written by on April 8, 2010 in BLOG - 9 Comments

So after the muddy football in East Kilbride it was time to move on to our next destination … a village called Gargunnock just outside Stirling.

My Sister had already arrived with my niece (She-Ra) and nephew (He-Man) the day before.  We all stayed with friends who have two daughters aged 5 and 16 months.  They have a beautiful house which has views of the snow topped mountains.

There was a lot of eating, snacking, drinking, snacking, eating and a bit more drinking during our stay.  We also partook in lots of belly laughing.

Shortly before going to bed on Saturday night it was decided that two designated adults would get up, the following morning, and hide chocolate eggs in the garden.  This would leave three sensible adults to distract the children from going near the windows.  Unfortunately this was a ‘beer plan’ or to be more precise this plan was fueled by a LOT of red wine and gin.

This alcohol intake meant that the following morning it took a while for everyone to get up.  For part of the morning The Husband’s legs were rendered completely useless and he was unable to get out of bed.

In the end we flung the kids out in the garden minus the eggs to run wild whilst we soaked up the previous night’s alcohol ate croissants, scones and decided on a new egg hunt plan.

Unfortunately the 4 year old was so engrossed in playing an ‘invisible animal’ game in the garden with the girls that he fell and hit his head on a low wall.  I can only presume he tripped over the tail of his invisible sleeping dinosaur.

There was so much blood that I decided he had obviously fractured his skull and/or his brain was about to fall out of his ear.

Luckily our host flew into action and went back and forth giving us cold compresses.  It was decided that we would get him checked at the local A&E which wasn’t far away.

Within 10 minutes of arriving at Stirling A&E Nurse Ruth had glued his head, given him Calpol and told us not to wash his hair for five days.  Cue delighted 4 year old!

45 minutes later and we were back hunting for eggs that He-Man and the Swedish au-pair had hidden in the garden during our absence.

Nurse Ruth gave us a sheet about the signs of concussion which I shoved in my handbag.  Only now three days later have I read it properly … especially the bit about checking him during the night every 2 hours. Ahem. Bad mother.

9 Comments on "He tripped over the tail of his invisible sleeping dinosaur"

  1. Big Sister April 9, 2010 at 9:05 pm · Reply

    I am so proud of my nephew, he is rock hard! meanwhile Me-man is truly gowing up so that he no longer partakes in the hunter for chocloate but wants to be the Easter Bunny instead. This must be a rite of passage.

  2. Annie April 8, 2010 at 8:55 pm · Reply

    They make you panic don’t they.. little buggers. My son did it aged 2, he tripped into superdrug (ironic?) and hit his head on the metal baskets and gashed his head open. Cue, manager in a mega panic, son was taken to A&E and glued back together. Wish I’d got a basket full of shopping when it happened though, might have got it for nothing LOL Hope your son’s head heals soon. Is the glue still bluey/purple? My elder daughter thought it was funny

  3. audreyhorne April 8, 2010 at 4:54 pm · Reply

    Crikey, Laura – what will he do next?! Poor 4 year old – as you know, I feel his pain :D

    I soooo long to know who won the egg-rolling…

  4. Josie @Sleep is for the Weak April 8, 2010 at 2:27 pm · Reply

    EEP! That sounds scary.

    I am just waiting for Kai to do something like that, feels almost inevitable :(

    Glad he is ok and you had a good Easter x

  5. Scope April 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm · Reply

    You had me @ “Swedish au-pair”. :-)

    And I have a story somewhat like your 4 year old’s. I have it written, long hand on paper. I wrote it a month ago. All I need to do to post it is to type it.

    So, it will go up in July if I keep this pace up!

  6. Littlemummy April 8, 2010 at 10:38 am · Reply


    • Laura - AWNTYM? April 8, 2010 at 10:44 am · Reply

      Have patience my pretty, tomorrow all will be revealed.

  7. Bumbling April 8, 2010 at 10:33 am · Reply

    LOL at the last paragraph… That would so be me!

    Hope he’s doing well and enjoying the break from hair washing ;-)

    • Laura - AWNTYM? April 8, 2010 at 10:44 am · Reply

      He also seems to think that the hair washing also extends to face washing ;)

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