my baby. (the real post)

what i was going to tell you about my little guy
has a lot to do with my t.r.o.u.b.l.e post below.
i know he looks really sweet and innocent,
but he is not.
these photos were taken while brian was working at our dining room table.
what our little man likes to do is climb up into the chair you are working in.
he is always testing the limits of gravity.
he falls all the time.
we all watch him like hawks, but he is sneaky.
he knows he's not supposed to be climbing.
(perhaps me taking a bunch of photos of him in a chair isn't the BEST for teaching that lesson...
but i've never claimed to be a role model in parenting!)
just the other day, i was walking around the corner in the house
and i saw elliot standing in and looking eye level at me from a high chair.
he was standing big and proud, but he said, "uh. oh." out loud when he saw me.
well, the end of this story is not so cute.
on friday night (as some of you know) elliot climbed into one of our kitchen chairs
(right after brian had JUST taken him out of it)
and he fell from the chair, right onto his front tooth.
it came completely out.

do you know how much gums can bleed?
brian put the tooth in milk and said we had two hours to put it back in.
i'm sorry, where in the world does he know things like this??!
we didn't know if the dentist would put the tooth back in since it was a baby tooth,
but they tried. it's now a little longer than it's neighbor and protrudes forward a bit.
it's highly likely that it could come out again.
the dentist tried to bond it to his two other front teeth,
but the bonding between the two in the middle has already come off.
so, i'm facing the fact that my sweet baby might be missing one tooth until he's eightish...
i'm not happy about that thought.

interestingly, we have never cracked or knocked out a tooth
or broken a bone with any of the other kids.
this kid certainly is keeping us on our knees.