For as active as he is normally and as sore as his mouth is now, munchkin did surprisingly well at the dentist. Long story short he does have some displaced teeth, and according to the dentist, they probably won't go back in on their own. However, due to the amount of bruising and swelling in his gums and lip tissue they can't even do anything about it right now. In fact, they can't even ascertain whether or not there are any fractures or damage to the permanent teeth until the swelling goes down. So the dentist sent me home and said to come back for a follow up. He gave me instructions to watch for any signs of infection or absesses and then he scared me to death by throwing around some stuff about potential oral surgery (ON MY TWO YEAR OLD!?!?!?!?!?)
Anyway it's been a very long day. The teeth and gums will continue to bleed and be very, very, very sore for a few days (looks like munchkin will be living on yogurt & oatmeal for a while.) I'm definitely getting a second opinion before we resort to any kind of surgery, but I think I'll wait a couple of weeks for the swelling to go down so that they can actually tell me if anything has been fractured or seriously injured. My big concerns right now are obviously for his future development, growth and any possible effects this could have on his speech. In retrospect the chin gash probably could have used stitches or at least super glue or something. It's not really bleeding anymore but it hasn't closed back up either. Oh well, I guess he'll just have a cool scar there. As my baby brother likes to say "Chicks dig scars." His whole face from the cheekbones down is quite swollen and will be for a while I guess. But there are worse things. At least he's okay.
Because he was such a good patient at the dentist, he was rewarded with a milkshake. (Fortunately he shared with mom!) Now I just desperately need both of us to get a good night's rest, because there was very little sleep in this house last night. The good news is that with the help of a little bit of baby motrin, Gideon went down at his normal bedtime (8:15-ish) and he appears to be sleeping soundly. Fingers crossed we'll make it through the night. (He cries out every time he rolls over or touches his face.) Anyway I feel like I'm babbling and making very little sense at the moment so I'm headed to bed myself. Good night!