...and then our hearts stopped beating. Toddler drowning happens in seconds.
She was treading water, but she was still about 2 inches below the surface.
Of course, Craig jumped into the water in his clothes and pulled our baby out of the water; compressed her chest as he held her and she coughed up water.
S E C O N D S.
This was not Craig's fault. Nor was it my brother's fault. My brother happens to be an amazing Dad and an incredible uncle.
It was an accident and it literally happened in seconds.
Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children 1-4 than any other cause except congenital anomalies (birth defects).
After we got into the car to leave my brother's house that night, Craig, who incidentally never says my name, looked straight ahead as I was driving and said, "Kylee. I have never, ever been so scared in my life. Ever. The look on Lila's face..."
Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates, my friends.
There's more horribly frightening but necessary information about water safety here.
And yes, we're researching swim lessons for Lila now; the need for swim education was just propelled to the top of the "MUST" list. It should be at the top of yours, too.
How is Lila today? Totally fine. In fact, she was fine 10 minutes later. She knows she fell in the pool and that "Daddy jumped in and saved me!" She doesn't appear to be adversely affected; it was me who kept crying that night and the next day. :)
She also is totally excited about swim lessons so that "when I fall in the pool again I can save me."
Friends: Be vigilant around water.
SECONDS. Just seconds.
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