My kids are like night and day. They look different, they have totally different personalities and are basically the exact opposite of one another. It’s awesome in a lot of ways but sometimes I think I’m “paying” for all the things we thought were easy with our first. Funny how that works out.
My daughter has always been so cautions. This kid had to go down the stairs on her butt until she was well over 3. She chews her food 100 times before she swallows. She’ll cry for hours if she falls (or I push her) and gets a scratch. And she says she’s allergic to things she doesn’t like (including, but not limited to, babies and toddlers that happen to be named Jack).
My son, not so much.
He constantly has bruises all up and down his legs as well as skinned knees/palms. He falls. A lot. He’s a big clumsy boy! I was a little nervous taking him in to his 18 month check over the summer, I didn’t know what the doctor would think. Surely I was beating this poor boy or someone pushed him down the stairs. This has been the state of his knees all summer. Note- this is the BEST they looked:
You can imagine my surprise when the doctor said “EXCELLENT! We love shin bruises and skinned knees in this office.” Um, come again? Did my pediatrician just say he likes when his patients come in looking like their legs were used in a game of T-ball? He went on to explain that he gets concerned when he sees kids with perfectly colored legs. A little bruising shows that a kid is getting the opportunity to run wild and learn to get up after a fall. That child is getting development opportunities and not sitting inside watching TV all day. He also asked how I was taking those falls- when Momma reacts, child reacts. I’ve learned to control my emotions, child number two is such a different story.
So my guy was developing normally, hence the bruising on his legs. As soon as I left the office I wondered what he thought when I took my daughter in for her 18 month well visit. I guarantee girlfriend didn’t have a single scratch on her, I’m sure they made a note in her file to talk to us about her screen time. LOL.
So don’t worry about those skinned knees Momma. It just means you are doing your job right and giving them the room they need to run, jump and play.
PS- I should note that my daughter DID tell our pediatrician that I pushed her after this incident. I have never been so horrified in my life. I told him the story and we all laughed. My daughter left with a smug little smile on her face. Oh the drama…