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There's Always a Boom

Ivanova was usually right, and this one was no exception.

Charlotte just face-planted on the tile floor in the kitchen, chipped her two front teeth, cut her lip, and may have been bleeding a bit from behind one of them.  She's not real keen on me rooting around in her mouth right now. 


I'm bummed.  She didn't get to have them for very long, and they're already chipped.  Now I need to find a pediatric dentist in my plan, because I'm sure they're sharp and need to be filed down.


Spoke to the pediatrician on call.  He thinks that if they were very loose, we'd know by now, since she's eaten some bread and been sucking on an ice cube.  On the other hand, they may very well still either die or discolor - we'll know over the next few days.  Or as Bob says "she can go through her childhood with a green tooth like her father."

She's got a couple of small cuts inside her upper lip where the teeth hit, and more worryingly, bleeding from the inside gum line - one of them is still weeping a little blood.  Bob tried to wiggle them, and he says they're not loose.  I checked a recent photo of her with a big open-mouthed grin, and I don't THINK they've been jammed up into the gums, but it's hard to tell because she won't hold still.  However, while I was at it, she DID manage to change my laptop wallpaper to a picture of her!

So I guess the next few days will tell.

Oh, and I haven't told you about her lazy eye yet, have I?  Ahhh...... parenthood....



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Mar. 28th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
I don't know who Ivanova is, but awww, poor Charlotte. I've never heard of a baby falling while toddling and causing such damage! There doesn't seem like any way to prevent that, though. I mean, it's not like you're supposed to prevent her from learning to walk...
Mar. 28th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
It was one of my favorite lines from Babylon 5, as she was explaining to someone why she was expecting the worst "There's always a "boom." Boom today, boom tomorrow, there's always a boom. BOOM!"

I was right there, too. She's napping right now, after lots of reassurance from both mom and dad, and some *soft* lunch. I called mom, and while she had lots of experience with her boys knocking their teeth completely *out*, none of us chipped anything. But as she points out, at least it's not her permanent teeth.

I'm just bummed. I didn't think I was vain about my daughter, but apparently I am!
Mar. 28th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
I'm sure she's still adorable. Chipped teeth don't make a kid ugly. (Adults, yes. 2-year-olds, no.) I mean, we all go 'awww, cuuute!' even when they have their two front teeth missing and look ridiculous.

Sorry you're bummed.
Mar. 28th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
True - all of it. I'm fairly startled to find out that I'm vain about her! Not something that's been in my mental makeup previously.

On second inspection, they may not be as bad as I thought. Things always look worse at the first look - especially when there's blood! I'll get her in to a dentist to make sure that 1) everything really is okay (teeth are very important for language development,) and 2) that she doesn't have sharp edges that she could cut her lip/tongue/thumb on.

I'll get over it. :-)
Mar. 29th, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
Poor Charlotte! Poor Mama!

If you want a laugh, think of it as Charlotte taking after her Auntie Em's side of the family. My Dad chipped a tooth as a kid, then the same one as an adult, then I did the same tooth in college. (Now you know...my teeth weren't ALWAYS that square.)

Thanks for the edit... and go ahead and be vain, she's a charming child!
Mar. 29th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
(Ah, Ivonova. I miss Babylon 5...)

Poor sweetheart, Charlotte! I hope the dentist gives her a clean bill of health. I suspect, though, if she isn't screaming with every drawn breath, the teeth are probably only minimally damaged, if at all. (I got a chunk of front tooth knocked out during a high school band practice (long story) and the pain was excrucuating when air hit it. Thank the gods my dentist at the time was willing to come in at 9:30 pm to bond over it.)

You both are sure are earning your "parent" t-shirts... :^)
Mar. 30th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
That's comforting. I'm just hoping they didn't get jammed up into her gums, thereby forcing the dentist to pull them. I figure this must happen all the time though.

And she was certainly the happiest baby in the world this morning.
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