He is fine, but dh and I are traumatized! It all happened so fast. Dh had the kids in the living room while I was in the kitchen. Dd (4y) came in and I was getting her a snack. I didn't even know that dh had gone downstairs (and forgotten to close the baby gate!), but when I heard the bump-thump-bump I KNEW it. I ran to the stairs and dh had beaten me there. Thanfully he was crying, and thankfully we're in a slpit-level so it was "only" 6 stairs....but they are wood and he is only a 7m old little guy! He cried hysterically for about 3 minutes and then sort of sobbed for another 5. We held him and cuddled him and he really calmed down when we took him out on the deck. He has one tiny scrape on his head and a little bruise on his cheek. Otherwise he was fine within 10 minutes, crawling, biting on teether, smiling.
My mom called and flipped out so I called the ped and the on-call dr was more impressed with the fact that he was crawling so well and not at all worried about the fall. He said to call our regular dr in the morning.
I can not believe that it happened. As dh walked up the stairs with him I was SO angry!!! I calmly told him that while we were reacting, and we've since talked about it and comforted each other. It's so scary....so make sure those gates are secure!!!!
Thanks for reading.