Today sucks. big.time.sucks. Our normal morning is mellow and relaxing, but for whatever reason both girls hit the ground running this morning. Right off the bat Charlotte was ripping books, Maddie was throwing toys and they were both being less than kind to one another. I had a feeling it was not going to be a very good day.....boy, I had no idea. Around 10:00 Maddie was playing around on the couch upstairs and fell off the arm onto the ground. She started crying immediately and I couldn't get her to stop for over 30 minutes. She told me that she hurt her arm pit and she wouldn't move or use her right arm. I called Dan and asked him to come home and then called around to urgent cares to see if they did x-rays so we didn't have to go to the ER. Dan got home, and we decided that he would be the one to take Maddie to urgent care.....I'm not good with situations like this so I stayed home with Charlotte. We both guessed that her arm was sprained but wanted to have someone check it just to make sure. Maddie did really good at the Dr.s office and was very still during the x-ray. But the results were not good. Maddie has broken her right arm directly above her elbow joint. It is a fairly significant break and was thisclose to breaking all the way through which would have required surgery. Urgent care wants us to take her to an orthopedic specialist and they will be making the appointment for us, hopefully we'll be able to get in on Monday! For now Maddie has a splint and a dinosaur arm sling and a prescription for tylenol with codeine. She seems to be in fairly good spirits, but she is a little drugged and REALLY tired. We put her down for her nap, but she was too uncomfortable to sleep. Mostly she has just been sitting on the couch watching cartoons. I feel so bad for her! She tried playing with a balloon, but she moved the wrong way and cried out in pain. I have tried explaining to her that she is going to have to rest for a little while until her arm gets a little bit better, but it's not an easy concept for her to understand. We play doctor all the time, but at the end of our play she can take the bandages off and be done. She doesn't want the sling or the splint on and doesn't understand that she actually NEEDS to keep it on. I think it will be better and easier once she has a hard cast on (hopefully Monday) but for now it's going to be tough. Poor baby! It also sucks that our summer is basically over. We won't be able to go to the lake or the pool anymore and when she has a hard cast we will need to do our best to keep it clean and sand free since it will be on for 6 weeks. Please pray for our family! Pray that the pain goes away, that Maddie's spirits stay high and that we all get through this difficult stage with ease and sanity. I wish it was me that had a broken arm instead of Maddie so that I could spare her this pain and inconvenience, but she will get through it and young bones heal well!