Olivia and the driveway got in a fight...
And Olivia lost.
I left her with her daddy for an hour and came back to find her all bloody and bruised. The story is she fell in the driveway while they were playing and it doesn't surprise me one bit since the child is clumsy.
I freaked out when I first saw it because it was a bit of a shock and Dave didn't have enough time to warn me before I saw it. Unfortunately, my little freak out scared her and she's been pretty upset about it since.
I know its just a bruise and scrap, but its still heart wrenching to have your child tell you repeatedly "it hurts, momma!"
We ran to the store for some ice cream for her on Saturday and I was surprised how many people commented on it. No one was being rude or mean, but its made her self continuous about it. She's asked me several times to make "boo boo go bye bye" and she freaked out when she saw it in the mirror for the first time later that night.
She won't even allow me to take a picture of it, so I've been trying to sneak them.
Her busted eye has served as a lesson for me personally. It has surprised me how sensitive she's been about it and its served as a reminder to watch even more what I say around her.
Even at two, she's already developing a complex about herself and her looks. That scares the poop out of me. I want more than anything for her to grow up with a healthy self image. I try really hard to not talk about my looks in a complaining way, but lets be honest, we all have those days that we feel ugly.
We tell her constantly that she's beautiful, but I know that won't be a solve all. She's going to grow up and develop her own view of herself, there's no way around it. And can I be honest, that's one of the things that scares me the most in raising a girl. There is so much pressure on females and their looks and it only seems to be getting worse.
This post is not one where I feel like I shell out advice or a "how to" raise a girl with a healthy self image. Believe me, I have no clue. Its just a reminder to myself that she is listening and I want her to pick up only the positive.
Black eye or not, she's still the most beautiful girl to me.