I made my way over there and as soon as Nathan turned around so that I could see Griffin, all I saw was a huge bloody mess. I took him from Nate and ran to the bathroom with him. All I kept thinking in my head was how this was probably just a lot of tearing and biting of his lip since it was already pretty swollen. I examined his lip and saw a few gashes and that it was bleeding pretty good. Once the bleeding was under control and I got him calmed down we started to walk out of the bathroom. That's when he said it:
"But mom, I haff all feese looth teef"
Ohmygosh I didn't look at his teeth! His gums looked like mashed up purple hamburger and the front four top teeth were just dangling there. Of course blood was coming out of the tops of his teeth and I have to admit, even being a nurse, teeth are not my thing. I contacted the dentist on call and was reassured that everything sounded pretty okay and nonemergent. The plan was lots of Popsicles and ice cream and soft yummy food.
In the end the tooth fairy came and gave him a very special brave award. It was weird because she put on there that she said was sorry Griffin had such a hard fall. It was like she had seen the whole thing and new about it. Tricky tooth fairy!
Good news is his gums are healing so much better now that those teeth are out of there. He will be toothless for probably the next year, maybe in time to ask Santa for a new pair…