Mommy Moment – Deirdre Style

That’s right! It’s time for another Mommy Moment at the Monster! If you’re not sure what a Mommy Moment at the Monster is, head over and read all about how Mommy Moments at the Monster came to be.

So let’s welcome Deirdre JDaniel4’s Mom! Deirdre is one of the nicest bloggers out there and she was one of the first bloggers I “met” when I started blogging. She’s been so supportive of Mommy of a Monster. She’s a mommy of 1, a teacher, a writer, and she’s really crafty! In fact, she’s got some fun Thanksgiving link ups coming up so check those out.

Go grab a cup of coffee and a donut, ahem, I mean a low-fat muffin, or depending on the time of the day maybe some wine and chocolate, and sit back and enjoy the story!

Just last Monday my son JDaniel was attending a Halloween party with his playgroup at a home close to downtown Greenville about 20 minutes from our house. He was dressed in his Halloween and playing with his buddies. They were having a wonderful time with all the trucks and construction equipment in a playroom alcove at the far side of a great room.

While they kids played, I was in the on the other side of the great room chatting with some of the other moms. I could see where he was playing with one of this friends. Everything seemed normal.

In the flash of a second one of the other moms was carrying him to me in her arms. He had blood coming out of his head and there seemed to be blood everywhere. JDaniel had tripped on a carpet and hit his head on a coffee table.

I froze right in the kitchen. My feet wanted to move, but they remained in place. JDaniel was placed in my arms within second and I tried to wipe the blood away with a paper towel, but it kept flooding out of his head. What I saw through the stream of blood was a haunting gash!

I was handed a wet dishcloths by several moms and was told to apply pressure. I held the cloth as tightly as I dared. My mind was reeling.

I didn’t know what to do next.

How would I get him to the hospital and drive at the same time? Which hospital was closest?

Thankfully the host mom rushed out her front door to a neighbor’s house calling after her that a nurse was on her way. I was so grateful she had a neighbor was a nurse.

It seemed like time was rushing forward and standing still at the same time as I waited for her to arrive.

When she arrived the nurse/neighbor told me to grab my purse and bring my son to her car. She told that she was going to take us to the hospital and my job was to just be my son’s mom.

What a blessing! I held the towel and JDaniel as tightly as I could as she drove us to the hospital.

This amazing lady took us into admissions and went back into the exam room with us. She stayed with me until my husband arrived while I dealt with the doctors, nurses, and more admission people. She was able to give me the guidance and direction I needed as I sat beside JDaniel gripping his little hand.

I want to be everything my son needs when challenges arrive, but I am so glad that I am not. There are times like last Monday when others stand beside me and help me through challenges and let me just be his mom.

Update: JDaniel ended up with plastic surgery and a number of stitches that make him look a little like Frankenstein. That wonderful neighbor I had never met before will be on my prayer list for life. She was my Halloween angel.


Thank you for sharing this Deirdre.It’s always interesting to see how you react under pressure when you see your child is hurt. I’m so glad you had an angel there to look out for you and JDaniel! This is a great reminder that even though we want to, we just can’t do it all.

There’s no manual out there for what we do, so sharing stories like this helps us all learn from each other.

Now head over to Deirdre’s place JDaniel4’s Mom and if you are new there, make sure to tell her that I sent you!

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  1. oh boy...y heart was pounding, those moments haunt you and ive had more than a few!!! xxx
  2. Thank you for the opportunity to share my mommy moment with your readers! What a generous and kind introduction.
  3. What a scary moment, Deirdre! So glad JDaniel is okay. You're right, sometimes, we need our angels on earth to help us through.
  4. So sorry to hear about that Deirdre! Thank God for your Halloween Angel indeed. And thank God that JDaniel is okay.
  5. YIKES! I can only imagine how that felt. Thank God for you Halloween Angel!
  6. Thank God JDaniel is ok and, for your Halloween angel.
  7. I had tears in my eyes reading this Deirdre! I can't even imagine what you went through. It does sound like that neighbor was your Halloween angel!
  8. So incredibly terrifying, and yes, a definite blessing that there were people there to help you when you so needed it! I'm glad everything is fixed up and ok now.
  9. Thank goodness for that neighbor. Glad everything turned out ok.
  10. Glad that your little guy was okay. With three boys, I've made my share of runs to the ER. I'm sorry to say that you get more used to it... "/ PS. I'm glad your friend had such a nice neighbor to go with you!
  11. Oh wow, scary! I freeze too when faced with an emergency. I am so glad that there was such a great neighbour close by and wasn't hesitant to get involved. There are good people in this world.
  12. Holy cow! That would be scary! And yes, thank goodness for her neighbor. We have had a couple of emergency room visits - but always only needed glue to close up the cuts
  13. Oh my that is so scary! I know I would have been freaking out. That was nice of the neighbor to do that for you was certainly a blessing! I guess we know she was definitely called to the right field. I hope his cut his healing up nicely.
  14. OMG how scary! I've been in a similar situation and I understand about freezing. It's wonderful that this world is filled with kind people. I am so glad he is ok but so sorry you all had to go through that.
  15. Unfortunately, I have a lot of experience with the ER...multiple broken bones of my kids, concussions, stitches, and 2nd degree burns. And it's scary as hell every single time. SCARY! What a blessing to have someone there beside you so you could just be mommy. Poor little dude...hopefully the scars heal quickly.
  16. i love her... so glad you were able to get her to share her story with you
  17. Oh no! I probably would have panicked. So glad you had an angel. And I'm grateful JDaniel is OK.
  18. I'm glad you had a Halloween angel with you! My husband is the calm one. I've been there several times and it's nice to have at least one calm parent. Hope he's feeling better!
  19. Whoa...That was indeed a very stressful situation you were in. I'm glad that there was a nurse when you needed one and that JDaniel is doing okay now. I think you held it together pretty well in that situation!