Sorry, but I don't agree with the hubster, either. :stone
It would have been different had you swooned, cradled, and carried on... but inspecting the damage is what any good mother would do, and the hug after that is a loving, caring gesture. NOT babying... there IS a difference.
Your little man went to bed that night knowing his mother cared about his injury, and cared about him as a young man.
Would that ALL
children knew that their parents cared about them.
Kudos to you. You're a loving and caring Mom.
And at ten, these little guys are still extremely affectionate... heck, my son STILL loves (at 23, mind you) for me to stroke his hair while he sprawls his 6'5 body out on the couch to watch TV... and when he stays over, he'll still grin sheepishly and say... "Uh, Mom... aren't ya gonna tuck me in?"
And I know that part of him really means it.