Molly DeWitt

My name is Molly DeWitt and I’m a 30-something first-time mom navigating the joys and pitfalls of parenthood, working full-time, and living life as a military spouse. A California girl at heart, I will always call the golden state my home but I have learned to appreciate the “finer” things about life in the south including sweet tea, the courtesies of “Sir” and “Ma’am” and rainy summer nights.I met my husband, a Marine, while living in California. Ten years later here we are in North Carolina, by way of Virginia.I graduated from UNCW with my BA professional writing in 2008 and put that to good use for several years as a reporter for The Daily News here in Jacksonville. Following my departure from the newspaper I began work as an Early Head Start Home Visitor with the Onslow County Partnership for Children. I love what I do and am gratified daily as I work to help local families achieve their goals and raise healthy, happy children who are ready to succeed in life. In June 2011 my husband and I welcomed our first child, Emmett. He keeps us on our toes and provides us endless laughter and joy. Welcome to my world; I look forward to stretching my writing muscles and sharing the highs, lows, and all things ridiculous that happen in between.



(Read here for the beginning of Joshua’s story)

Friday morning, more than two days after the fall, I finally took Joshua in to get his arm looked at.  Thankfully, Chad was off that day, and he was able to take Nathan and Emily.  The pediatrician wasn’t overly concerned given how mobile and not in pain Joshua was, but she ordered x-rays as a precautionary measure.

We headed over to Onslow Memorial for his x-rays with instructions to return when we were done.  The x-rays were quick, and the staff was great with Joshua.  Two big thumbs up for Onslow’s radiology department.

If you’ve followed me for very long, you know that Joshua is not my easiest baby.  He is determined, stubborn, and wants to be into everything.  All day Friday, though, he was amazing.  He handled all of the poking and pulling and x-rays like a champ.  He didn’t cry once.  Maybe it was that he finally had me all to himself.  I have no idea why he was so good.  Whatever it was, though, he was the best little guy.

After the x-rays, we headed back to the pediatrician’s office, where we discovered that Joshua had broken his arm.  We were all surprised, frankly.  He was acting like he had maybe twisted his elbow, but nothing that serious.  A quick glance at the x-rays, though, showed that he had indeed broken both of his forearms just a few inches below his wrist.

We were sent off to the orthopedic surgeon’s office, where Joshua acquired his sweet Duke blue cast.  For the next five to six weeks, the poor little guy will be essentially one-handed as his right arm heals.  He doesn’t seem to mind it and is already adjusting and figuring life out with one hand.  I’m the one who is not looking forward to the next few weeks.

I do feel badly that it took me over two days to bring him in to have his arm checked out.  I even made sure to wear a little bit nicer clothes to the doctor’s office to perhaps prevent any phone calls to social services to report negligent parenting. I’m glad, though, that we’ve figure out what was wrong, and that Joshua is now on the road to recovery.  Now to figure out how to keep a 21-month-old’s cast even marginally clean for six weeks…

Has your little one broken a bone yet?  How did you both handle it?

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2 Comments on “Ouch!”

  • Jenn April 19th, 2012 5:29 pm

    Hey Brynn,
    It’s, Jenn I had a friend tell me that the glad press and sil works really well, in keeping the cast clean and dry. You might want to try that.

  • Brynn Reese April 21st, 2012 8:21 pm

    Thanks for the tip – that sounds like it might help keeping the cast clean!

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