When People, Pets and Things Break

We’ve had a rough go recently around BBCD.

Jack has some severe disc problems in his back, initially leaving him unable to move and shuddering in tremendous pain.


Then, our pool grew a leak.

A MAJOR leak.

Like, a you-can’t-walk-in-half-of-our-yard-without-muddy-water-coming-over-the-top-of-your-feet leak.


We had to drain (what was left in) it, and have the liner replaced. I’m pretty tempted to run a contest to see who can come closest to guessing on how much our water bill is going to be next month. Starbucks card, anyone?

On Saturday, Maddie took a nasty fall while playing outside. She ripped up her right knee pretty badly, scraped up her right elbow and smashed her forehead on the driveway.


Then just yesterday, she fell down the stairs. As in, tripped while she was at the top because she was stubbornly not holding onto the handrail, and tumbled – head over feet – all the way down to the bottom!

It was pretty terrifying. Somehow, I managed to lunge towards the baby gate and force it closed – stopping her rapid descent – just before she face-planted on our kitchen tile.

I think I earned some more Mama Stripes yesterday.

Can the Rule of 3s apply here? Between Jack, Maddie and the pool liner, I think we’re due for a break.

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39 Responses to When People, Pets and Things Break
  1. Jessica
    April 11, 2012 | 6:46 am

    Yep, I think you’re good, you qualify for a break. So glad Maddie is okay!

  2. BalancingMama (Julie)
    April 11, 2012 | 7:00 am

    I hope you get a break for sure! We could use some quiet time over here too.

  3. Alison@Mama Wants This
    April 11, 2012 | 7:16 am

    Oh my, you certainly need to catch a break here! Hope Maddie’s A-OK.

  4. Kristin
    April 11, 2012 | 7:19 am

    Yep, you are done now with the breaking. Pass it along to someone else. Please not me.

    It always seems to be the littlest falling and getting scraped up.

  5. JamieAnne
    April 11, 2012 | 7:40 am

    Eek! You’ve been having quite a time of it! Glad you were able protect Maddie from the tile floor! Stairs always made me nervous.

    As far as the pool water, I don’t know. I’m guessing $80 above normal for the water bill.

  6. JDaniel4's Mom
    April 11, 2012 | 7:41 am

    I so think you have had your three!

  7. erin margolin
    April 11, 2012 | 7:41 am


    I am so behind, had no idea this was all going on. It’s so hard when our kids and pets (who are like our kids!) get sick. I hope things have gotten much, much better.


  8. Missy @ Wonder, Friend
    April 11, 2012 | 7:47 am

    Oh, Liz. You have earned some stripes. And a cocktail. And a hug if I could!

  9. Kmama
    April 11, 2012 | 7:53 am

    Oh no. What a rough time you guys are having. I hope the rule of 3’s applies!!

  10. Julia Munroe Martin
    April 11, 2012 | 8:06 am

    Awww… sorry and hope everyone’s on the mend. Clearly the rule of threes applies and you’re golden (yes, I’m knocking on wood!).

  11. Katie
    April 11, 2012 | 8:54 am

    Good grief, woman! You are due for a break from the stress department!

    And I am going to guess your water bill is going to be one scazillion dollars. Because I don’t see our water bill, so I have no idea what a typical one looks like, but with having to fill a pool? It’s GOT to be right up there near one scazillion.

    • liz
      April 11, 2012 | 9:17 pm

      I think you are close with your guess of “scazillion”!

  12. julie gardner
    April 11, 2012 | 9:04 am

    Oh no!

    I see the iPhone, and the Photos.

    But not the Phun.

    Cheers to sunnier days, mama…

  13. tomblogue
    April 11, 2012 | 9:37 am

    Glad Maddie’s okay, hopefully Jack’s on some meds to take the edge off. As for your pool, you have my pity. I did the above ground pool thing and hated every minute of it. Now I’m doing the in ground pool thing and hating every minute of that. So there you go.

    • liz
      April 11, 2012 | 9:14 pm

      So it’s no better, just deeper in the earth?

  14. Stefanie
    April 11, 2012 | 9:39 am

    Things have been rough for you! I’m glad Maddie’s okay, and I hope poor Jack feels better soon!

  15. Stephanie
    April 11, 2012 | 9:50 am

    Oh yes, you are definitely due for a break!!

  16. Julie
    April 11, 2012 | 10:09 am

    The rule of 3s definitely applies here, and I think you can breathe easy for the rest of the week.

    Oh, but poor puppy. And poor baby girl.

    And pool ownership is way more trouble than it’s worth. For real.

    • liz
      April 11, 2012 | 9:18 pm

      So you know that joy, too? I’m hoping this liner lasts for a while…

  17. tracy@sellabitmum
    April 11, 2012 | 11:04 am

    OUCH – I hope you catch a break soon. xoxo

  18. MommaKiss
    April 11, 2012 | 11:06 am

    Oh, Liz, I have SO been there. The pool leak alone would send me to the edge of my sanity.

  19. Beth@RealistMom
    April 11, 2012 | 11:16 am

    Ouch – that’s a rough stretch. How about you keep the Starbuck’s card and get yourself a latte – and a nap. Wishing you better luck in the future.

  20. Life As Wife
    April 11, 2012 | 12:35 pm

    Bad things do seem to come in threes! Glad your three are over and done! Hope you don’t have anymore bad news for awhile!

  21. Katie E
    April 11, 2012 | 2:24 pm

    You are definitely due for a break! I hope those three wrapped it up.

    I like your new blog look that I just noticed (but maybe it’s been this way awhile – I’m a little slow).

  22. Poppy
    April 11, 2012 | 2:38 pm

    The rule of 3 only applies to pregnancy, I think you should take a test.

    That is quite a bump on Miss Independent!

    • liz
      April 11, 2012 | 9:18 pm

      I want to run across the country and kick you for that.


  23. Lady Jennie
    April 11, 2012 | 2:58 pm

    Woah! I’m sorry but that sucks. Someone needs to buy YOU a Starbucks card.

    • liz
      April 11, 2012 | 9:19 pm

      Ha! Ya know, you are probably right about that Jennie!

  24. Lady Jennie
    April 11, 2012 | 2:58 pm

    PS I’m really sorry your dog is in so much pain.

  25. Practical Parenting
    April 11, 2012 | 3:36 pm

    Awful! Yes, you are done with bad luck. Enough, already! Sending lucky thoughts your way. I do love your pool though (when it’s not leaking).

  26. Kallay
    April 11, 2012 | 4:09 pm

    That sounds like a horrifying week. Ugh! Poor dog, poor Maddie, poor checkbook!!

    I hope the week improves for you!

  27. Jen
    April 11, 2012 | 4:28 pm

    I agree… you totally deserve a break.

    Fingers crossed you get it.

  28. Mad Woman behind the Blog
    April 11, 2012 | 6:04 pm

    I’ve been thinking about you guys all day. I hope Miss Maddie isn’t traumatized, poor thing.

    Also: I’m with Poppy. Take a test!

    • liz
      April 11, 2012 | 9:19 pm

      Thank you for the well wishes, but now I need to kick your ass just like I’m going to kick Poppy’s.

  29. Amanda Austin
    April 12, 2012 | 8:01 am

    I counted 3….I think you’re good!

  30. Alexandra
    April 12, 2012 | 8:03 pm

    TILED kitchen floor?
    OMG you just gave me goosebumps.

    I am SO Glad it was YOU who was home with her at the time, and NOT a babysitter.

  31. dumb mom
    April 13, 2012 | 6:33 am

    Hope everything gets fixed soon! Breaking is no kind of fun.

  32. Charlotte
    April 13, 2012 | 12:09 pm

    Awwww, I’m so incredibly sorry to hear of all of this! My heart breaks for poor Jack and sweet Maddie and I’m sending them both (((swift healing vibes))). And as for that pool liner–that totally sucks 🙁 Any chance for a repair in time for the summer? I hope this marks the end of the bad luck streak for you guys! XOXO

  33. SurferWife
    April 13, 2012 | 3:57 pm

    Awww, that poor baby girl.

    I’m gonna say water will be $323

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