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I would have probably bet you my first born (sorry Dylan) that Chase would be my first twin to end up in the emergency room. He’s the one always hell bent on climbing, throwing and toppling things.

But no.

Sweet, little, angelic Harlowe somehow bumped her mouth into a bench while I was reading my older girls, “A Perfect Picnic” which stars those delightful Sesame Street characters. You know, the liberal ones that like peaceful conflict resolution.

I don’t even think we got half way through their left wing picnic when Harlowe started sobbing. And then as I picked her up, I saw all the blood. And then I noticed that one of her bottom teeth was now jutting forward, horizontally out of her gums.

It was 7:15 a.m.

“Dylan and Summer, GO WAKE UP DADDY. NOW!”

We brought Harlowe to the emergency room where a very nice, energetic oral surgeon pulled out the tooth and stitched her up.

And then she happily passed out.

This is what she looks like now with a bottom tooth missing…

Despite her look of complete angst in this picture, she is doing very well.

Dylan and Summer made her a welcome home sign even though she was only at the hospital for about 3 1/2 hours.

I’m definitely keeping that adorable sign so that some day Rick and I can look at it and say, “Why did she go to the hospital? What happened to her tooth? We can’t even remember.”

41 Responses to this is why i don’t gamble (alternate title: 7:45 a.m. at the ER)

  • Jill says:

    Poor munchkin. My now 6 YO fell down the stairs and chipped her top front tooth in half when she was 1. At 3 she knocked her other tooth so hard it was black. She had the grossest grill for almost 5 years!

    Hope she’s doing OK!

  • Emily says:

    Poor Harlowe! Does she have to wait for her adult tooth now- no more tooth there for awhile, right? The banner was the best part!

  • Steph says:

    oh, so sorry sweet Harlowe got hurt. glad she is ok now. we have been a couple of times to the ER with our older daughter and don’t want to revisit.

  • Rosstwinmom says:

    Poor baby girl!

    One of my twins fell a month or so ago and his face too was covered with blood. I freaked out! We are living in Poland right now, and I have still not figured out how to get to the ER and I cannot call the service that sends a doctor to your home because I don’t speak enough Polish. I called my husband at work and told him that Alex had knocked out his 2 front teeth. (This is the same twin who has already had an ear infection and stomach flu here in Poland. And broke his arm in the states last year. He is 3. Please help me.)

    Well, husband raced home, and by the time he got here, I realized the blood was not from the teeth being knocked out, just being pushed. The 2 nubs I saw? Not really. They were just his teeth mostly covered in blood.

    Needless to say, I remained more calm a week later when he bashed his head on a bookshelf. I held the wound closed myself and didn’t tell the hubs until all was well.

  • tracy says:

    Oh that banner just made me cry – it is so sweet. How scary for you and your babe. Nothing like lots of blood to start the morning. Huge hugs. xo

  • Jordana says:

    Glad Harlowe’s okay – love the sign. And now you can weigh in on a very important disagreement Michael and I have had – does the tooth fairy come if a tooth is removed (rather than just falls out).

    • Kelcey says:

      Absolutely the tooth fairy will come!! Harlowe should get some extra cash from the tooth fairy for enduring all that pain. So who won the argument?

      • Jordana says:

        Who do you think? She was actually very young and didn’t know about the tooth fairy at that point – but the other day she noticed her missing tooth and asked about it…

        • Kelcey says:

          Well, if it was my first, I wouldn’t have done it either. But Dylan and Summer would be asking a lot of questions if the tooth fairy doesn’t come for Harlowe.

  • Becky Rice says:

    When I say to my sons “what’s mommy’s rule boys?”, they respond with “no emergency room visits on the weekend”. So far, we’ve only broken that rule once, with a fractured finger for my oldest when he was 8.

    Harlowe should make some serious bank on the tooth, given the extreme measures she went through in order to get the tooth fairy to visit. And big props to her sisters for the awesome welcome home banner!

  • Ann says:

    I hope you’ve all recovered from that nasty adrenaline bender that follows “Baby. Blood. Hospital”

    So glad she is okay, but did you even consider a gold replacement? Did you?

  • Wendi says:

    That is the cutest sign ever – never a dull moment with all of you! And there is nothing wrong with a good left wing picnic every now and then!

  • Valerie says:

    Awww…poor Harlowe! My daughter lost one of her top front teeth when I pulled a shirt over her head. But, apparently it was loose due to additional baby teeth trying to grow in (go figure!) That was over two years ago and she still has a gap right there in the front. They told me that if it is one of the front teeth there is no need for a spacer/replacement! And, she was actually able to eat corn and apples…that is…until she lost her bottom teeth. The child is now missing three of her front teeth! Harlowe is going to have that gap for quite awhile. πŸ™‚ My daughter is almost 6.

  • annie says:

    Oh poor baby! Glad she’s doing ok now and I love the sign! How could she not feel better with such great sisters? I found a card like that the other day and just as you predicted thought, what the heck was this for? It’s like you’re psychic or something!

  • Daphne says:

    Poor little thing. I’m sorry for the stress. My nephew knocked out his front tooth at 1year, and now he’s 5 and that tooth should appear any day now…

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Poor baby Harlowe….give her a kiss from me on her little cheek. I hope this is the first and last trip to the E.R. with any of your family….Speedy Recovery helps with lots of ice cream to numb the sore mouth.

  • amourningmom says:

    How scary! I am so glad that Harlowe is ok. Toothless grins will just add to her charm and beauty. πŸ™‚

    What did the tooth fairy bring Harlowe. Please give her a hug for me (and you too). xoxo

  • sandy says:

    Isn’t that just how life goes – with 4 kids! One moment you’re all tucked in reading a story, and the next – you’re in the ER. I shuddered when I read this. I have identicle twin boys (now 22) and one Sunday morning when they were 3, their older brother taught them how to dive-bomb from the top landing on the stairs, over the railing, onto the couch below. Bright idea. I know. So one wombmate lost both front uppers, and the permanent teeth didn’t show up until sometime in Grade 2! The good thing to this story – even now – I can look at pictures, and know which one is which πŸ˜‰ We were on a first name basis with the staff in the ER for quite a few years ….ah – the memories ….

  • Ashley says:

    Oh my! My 3yr old son knocked his front tooth out when he was 10m old. He had it for less than 2 weeks. I was working, at an after-work function with a bunch of computer geeks-eh!

    With a missing tooth, tongue tied (which has since been corrected), and major ear infections, I’m not sure why he was delayed in speech πŸ™‚

    At least we don’t notice the missing tooth anymore–he’s too busy talking!

kelcey kintner