Rude Awakening

I woke this morning from a pleasant dream to a shriek. Not so unusual. Our morning routine is that the girls get up and play in their room and I sleep on until something hits a crisis point and the crying starts. But this was Bella screeching and it sounded much more panicked than usual: Uh oh, she’s hurt herself, I thought and rushed to put on my robe and slippers.

The sight that met my eyes when I opened their door was about the last thing I expected to see. I wish I’d had the camera. Usually I find Bella in her pjs standing on the rail at the foot of her bed, holding onto the end of the crib while Phia stands at the side crib rail, all cute in her pink sleep sack. Now I saw both girls side by side in the crib holding onto the side rail and screaming for all they were worth.

“How did you get in here?” I asked as I lifted Bella down. But she was crying too hard to answer. Her first request when Dom got her calmed down enough to talk was for “medicine,” I think because her nose was running from crying. Then I lifted down Sophie who stopped crying immediately she was in my arms. Obviously her tears were because Bella was crying and she wasn’t hurt. Bella didn’t seem hurt either. Probably just surprised and alarmed at being trapped in the crib.

How and why Bella got into the crib we’ll never know. She won’t tell me anything more than the part of the story where she cries and Sophie screams and I come in to lift her out. My guess is she was standing on the bed’s foot rail and from there somehow tumbled headlong into the crib. Oh this is one of those times that makes me wish we had a video camera in there recording everything.

5 Responses to Rude Awakening

  1. Melanie Bettinelli March 31, 2009 at 5:22 am #


    Beef jerky is dried beef and you eat it.

    hmmm… I guess they don’t have it in Australia.

    If you want to know more about one of my husband’s favorite snacks, Wikipedia has an article about jerky that explains the preparation technique and that it can be made with a variety of meats, though beef is the most common. It’s rather skimpy on history though, sadly.

  2. Sharon March 31, 2009 at 6:07 am #

    What is Beef Jerky and what do you do with it?

  3. Melanie Bettinelli April 1, 2009 at 9:21 am #

    Sorry I should have been clearer. You don’t cook with it or combine it with anything. Not that I know of. It’s a snack food really. Very salty. Like potato chips (do they call them crisps in Australia like they do in England?) it can be flavored. Most commonly teriyaki, hot and spicy, and smoky.

    Because it’s dried, it’s a very transportable, light and easy to carry source of protein. A favorite with hikers and backpackers. We used to take it with us on hikes and eat it in the car on family vacations when I was a kid.

  4. Sharon April 1, 2009 at 12:20 pm #

    Beef jerky is dried beef and you eat it.

    Yeah I sorta gathered that you eat it. lol

    I should have explained myself more clearly – what are some recipes in which you can use beef jerky?

    I read in the article you referenced that supermarkets in Australia have started to carry jerky; I’ll have to have a look.

  5. Sharon April 2, 2009 at 12:16 pm #

    Thanks for that info Melanie, I probably would have tried to turn it into a casserole! lol Can you get a low/er salt variety?

    We have both chips and crisps.

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