Yesterday, Ellen and Meghan went to the dentist for their first cleaning now that they are big 3-year-olds!!!
I was really nervous about it- especially whether or not I would be able to handle it on my own. I almost wimped out and asked someone from my family to go with me, but I convinced myself they would be alright. I talked to them about it a lot the day before (I forgot until it was too late that I should have gotten a book or something from the library....) about how fun the dentist was! They would get to sit in the big chair that moves, wear sunglasses (our pediatric dentist gives them for during the cleaning to shield their eyes), get their teeth cleaned with a big noisy,funny toothbrush and more! I think I was especially nervous because Kenny did NOT do well at the dentist when he was little- kicking, screaming, the whole time!
I have to say I am one proud momma! They did so good!
As we pulled in the lot, Ellie started whining that she didn't want to go. So, again, I did my best to talk it up. While we waited, they had a ball playing in the waiting room full of toys.
When we got called back, Ellie was up first. She wasn't too interested in getting in the chair- she stayed plastered to me. So, I carried her to the chair and gently placed her in and told her I would stay right beside her. (If that didn't work I was going to sit in the chair with her in my lap- which I didn't want to do unless I had to since Meghan was there too and could run off anytime....) Luckily, that worked, and though she was nervous, she let the lady do her job. The hygienist was great! She went slow and explained all the tools and let Ellie touch them. After a few minutes, she relaxed and did great!
When it was Meghan's turn, she was so excited and just jumped right up there! Actually, this wasn't Meghan's first trip to the dentist. Her first trip was when she was 7 months old! One of her bottom baby teeth came in bad. As it broke through, her gums were really red, and then as the tooth emerged- it was misshaped, as if it had already been chipped. Then, a few days later, it turned black down in the gum. So, we took her to the dentist who said that, for whatever reason (there could be many she said...) that tooth just formed wrong in the gum, so it rotted quickly as it came out. So, it had to be pulled. It was quite traumatic for her and I! The tooth was really quite stuck and it took lots of screaming (from her.... nearly crying from me) and both dentists to finally be able to get it. I was worried, though of course she wouldn't remember it, that there would be an "unexplained" fear of the dentist. But, no- she was just excited!!! It was the same dentist who pulled her tooth 2 1/2 years ago, so she liked seeing her again.
Both girls were cavity free, so they got to stand on the star and get their picture taken for the cavity free club on the wall!
And, just for fun- here are some pictures of the girls enjoying one of their gifts from Santa!
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