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Life is a Vapor (Teeth, Too!)

(x-posted from TCL)

Kate had an accident today. She tried to climb up the dresser that has our TV on it and pulled the dresser and TV over. She knocked out one of her front teeth and the other is loose.

It was scary. I watched it as I walked into the room from doing laundry, and rushed to lift the heavy TV off her face as she squirmed out from under the dresser. If our bedroom was larger and the fall had been cleaner, she would have suffered very severe injuries, and very likely could have died. Our bookshelves and some of the dressers are bolted securely to the wall, this dresser is not flush with the wall (it forms a 45-45-90 triangle with the corner) and was not secured, for lack of creativity. I was able to remain calm and Kate was very calm and brave throughout the ordeal and was perfect at the pediatric dentist's office. Our sweet neighbor helped me get the kids ready and followed me down so she could watch Lexi in the lobby while I stayed with Kate for her exam and x-rays.

I am very thankful that her injuries weren't worse, but I mourn the loss of her front teeth. A piece of her childhood is gone forever, and the vanity motherhood brings will miss them, forever. I will tear up as I prepare her soft food and clean her bruised and bloodied face. I will cringe when people ask me about them. But I know that she is beautiful and life goes on.

Kate the Brave


33 months

Kate is getting more and more of her own personality. She can be shy, but she loves people. She is comfortable observing people and remembers lots of things that they do and loves to tell stories. She is a sweet sister and has mastered complex family trees and the basics of human relationships. She notices all sorts of girly things: when people are dressed up or wearing make up or nail polish. She LOVES to wear dresses and skirts. She likes to go to "school" (drop-in Mother's Day Out that she goes to about once a month) and asks about it often. She has mastered several basic Bible stories and tons of songs. She cracks me up with the little things she says.