He didn't break the fall with his hands, so his nose took the full impact.
After it stopped bleeding, I called a few friends to ask for advice. I'd always heard there wasn't much you could do for a broken nose, so I didn't really have a plan of action.
Because his nose actually looked crooked (the picture above really doesn't do it justice), my friend suggested I take him to the doctor.
Diagnosis: possible hairline fracture; swelling on one side of the nose makes it appear crooked; bone felt straight to the doctor; no x-ray needed. **relieved sigh**
So, Gabe continues to be the most accident-prone member of the Sonnichsen family. His list of injuries include: two head wounds (one from a swing, one from another set of stairs); a pierced lip (when he fell off a chair and his tooth went through his lip); and now a possibly broken nose. Anna follows in second place with a split upper lip from pulling a lamp down on herself. Olivia wins the award for least-likely-to-get-hurt; unless you're talking miniscule finger scrapes that require excessive bandaging and arm slings (but that's another story for another blog post).
Still no confirmed broken bones, so I guess we're not doing too badly....