Celebrating Little Things

Hello Friends,

In general, I encourage the girls to celebrate the little things in life: mornings when we have a sunny walk to school, a bird in the yard, seedlings breaking through the dirt, etc.. Most times the girls entertain my deep thoughts, but I don’t think they totally get the idea. This, however, was something they, specifically the Cricket, understood.

Cricket lost Baby Tooth number 2, and it was even more exciting than the first. She understood how to wiggle this one, so pulling was not required. She was proudly announcing how she “just pushed it with her tongue and it came out!”

That’s it there, bottom row, her left. Alright, maybe she didn’t fully grasp jutting out her chin, but you get the point.

A baby tooth is actually small (quite!), and we did celebrate. The tooth fairy came, magic dust sprinkled all over the nightstand as usual. Cricket put her dollar safely in her jewelry box the next day. A little tooth, a little magic, a little money and a little celebration. Right now, that was a big deal for all of us. Even Sweetie cheered for her little sister’s tooth loss.

I sincerely hope you all are finding small things to celebrate during these weird times. Some days that’s easy for us; some days we celebrate if we didn’t scream at one another. I think we all need to keep looking, keep trying, to find things to celebrate. The alternative is crummy.

I want to end similar to my last post. We are here, and we are healthy. And we’re glad you are too. We’ll see you soon, friends. Behave, be safe.

Baby Tooth Gone!

Hello Friends,

We are celebrating over here, as Cricket just lost her first baby tooth! She’s been walking around with a loose tooth since January. The adult tooth erupted in February, but that little one wouldn’t give up.

We kept telling her all month to wiggle the baby tooth and play with it (all per Dr. Johnny’s directions). She didn’t really get the idea until two weeks ago, then she started to show that tooth some attention. We were supposed to call March 1 to schedule the “extraction”, but I kept pushing it off – it was getting so loose! Last night was the night, and wife was the hero. Post bath she grabbed a tissue and POP! (yep, it actually made a noise).

Cricket was very excited. She now joins all her school friends who have been losing teeth. Of course, the Tooth Fairy stopped by her room. We got to hear about it at 4:30 this morning!

Almost too small to see!

On to the next adventure. I hope you all are doing well out there. Let’s close in honor of Dr. Seuss and one of the girls’ favorite books, “teeth, you find them everywhere!”

More Summer, Less Teeth

Hello Friends,

big news here on the detour is that Sweetie has lost two of her baby teeth. Six months ago, while visiting our favorite dentist, Dr. Johnny, we learned that Sweetie’s two lower front teeth would come out soon. The magic of x-rays showed the adult teeth moving up. We monitored the teeth and celebrated when they started to wobble about three months ago. Then, last month, one of the two adult teeth broke through her gums, what her pediatrician called a “shark’s tooth” (so jealous I didn’t think of that). The second came through last week, just before our visit with Dr. Johnny, so we expected those baby teeth would come out.

Well, they did. After a thorough and otherwise uneventful check-up, Dr. Johnny offered to pull the little guys out. We had been hoping that they would just come out while Sweetie was eating (so we wouldn’t have to pull them). So yeah, we agreed it was best to have Dr. Johnny take care of it. Especially since he had a topical numbing gel and tools on hand.

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Dr. Johnny had Sweetie “help” by shaking her head back and forth while he held each tooth. They were out in seconds and she actually laughed afterward. He presented her with a very official plastic tooth fairy box for the tiny teeth. He even showed his cultural sensitivity by suggesting the Ratón (de los dientes) might be the one to come collect Sweetie’s teeth.

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Official Tooth Box

It was so easy and just like that she was chomping pizza for dinner. Big thanks to Dr. Johnny Kuttab, D.D.S (this is a link to my previous post / review of his practice),  and all of the staff at Sprout Pediatric Dentistry for their stellar pediatric dental care. Both Sweetie and the Cricket left laughing and happy. Oh, and the worried look on Sweetie’s face? That’s because I’m taking pictures while she is trying to watch the movie on the office television behind me.

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I am smiling, Dad!