Well, I guess the title of this post may be a little dramatic, but at the time, it seemed true! I guess it was one of those moments that made me realize that anything can happen. It all started when this very tired momma got up to start her day. The night before had been one of those late nights in which I had to get up several times. Not for the reasons that a parent of a newborn would have to be up, because Stella no longer wakes up during the night (have I mentioned how perfect she is?), but because the 3 oldest Adams children, were hanging out downstairs and being quite loud. Finally falling into a sound sleep at around 3 a.m., I was awakened when Mike came home a little after 6. That's usually when Stella starts her day, so I got up and splashed a little water on my face, changed her diaper and started to head downstairs. That's when it happened! I only remember walking down the first 3 steps when I started to fall. My first thought was, "Oh my God.....Stella!!!" I could not stop it from happening, so I just held her close and pushed myself backwards. I landed on my back and little Stella left out the loudest scream that I have ever heard from her. Then I started screaming! Mike was already at the bottom of the steps, surprisingly calm, checking to see if we were both okay. I scooped myself and my baby girl up and held her close till we both calmed down. After a few minutes, I realized that there was not a scratch on either one of us. Stella ate and as I relaxed, so did she. She was fine! Thankfully, I have a lot of extra "cushion" and she was not injured.
I was so upset all day. Thinking about the "what ifs" had me terrified! Although, it could have happened to anyone, I still felt so guilty! It made me think back to when Stella was just a week old. We were leaving church and heading downstairs for fellowship time when my Dad said to me, "You're taking the elevator down, right?" I just laughed at him. My Dad is super paranoid about the kids getting hurt and we often make fun of him for it. Hmm...maybe, I should start listening to him! LOL!