Sad to say that I started my New Year with tears. Not tears of joy but tears of a fright, tears of pain, tears of angst and tears of regret.
Hubby was away at church for Watch Night service and the children wanted to wait for their daddy to return to wish him Happy New Year. Unfortunately it was almost 1am and he is still not back yet so they went to bed.
As usual, my youngest child needs his milk before bed and the hot water in the thermos left 6oz only. So, I boil some water to fill the empty thermos because my baby will wake up for milk around 4-5am every morning.
After I am done filling 2 thermos with hot water, I pour the balance into the kettle. During that 2 seconds, my 20mo baby pulled one of the thermos and it fell on the floor. I only realised it when he screams in pain. Thank God the water did not splash on his body. I quickly scoop him up from the floor, undress him and look for scalding area. What a relief to find only his palm and left foot are red. So I quickly bring him to the bathroom and soak his feet in the bath tub and leave his palm under running pipe water. He stopped crying. I brought him out and applied lots of Colgate to his sole, palm and toes. The pain sets in and he started crying in pain, so do I! I can feel his pain and I was so worried that he will get a bad scalding.
Thank God he was very sleepy. After breastfeeding him for a few minutes he went to sleep but not me. I kept praying and looking at his foot, keeping my fingers crossed that the redness will subside and no scalding.
God is gracious and spared us the agony. My baby woke up a happy boy as if the incident did not happen at all.
And I informed hubby to tell the maid to make sure the thermos is filled with hot water before she goes to bed every night so that I don’t have to boil water at night if possible. Having a clingy baby who tails me every where I go, I fear the incident might repeat again.