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7 posts from January 2010

January 28, 2010

Silly Little Gwen (video)

Gwenny was sitting on my lap telling me about her day and "purring". She has a real knack for this and I was surprised she was still able to do it with all of those missing bottom teeth. So I grabbed the video camera to record it. That's when the silly stuff started. What is it about a camera that makes kids act so goofy? Hee hee... check out the video:

January 27, 2010

Minus 3 Baby Teeth

X rays confirmed that we needed to pull Gwen's three bottom/front baby teeth to make room for the permanent teeth growing in behind them.  The soonest appointment was 8 weeks away and the Doctor said it really needed to happen faster than that so we asked them to call us if there was a cancellation.  Two days later we got the call and the rest, as they say, is history.

Gwenny was pretty excited about losing her baby teeth but I think she expected that they'd just drop suddenly out of her mouth.  Until this afternoon, she didn't know that pulling them right out of her head was even an option. 

I fed her some age-appropriate information about what she might expect to happen and made sure to let her know that the toy she's been saving her money for would be in her hands immediately after the surgery.  Then I explained that the Doctor would help the teeth to come out but was careful to never mentioned the word "needle". 

I let her know that there would be a "pinch" near her lip and then some pulling and some pressure and then they would be finished.  All done.  She took it in with a level of trust and calmness that really blew my mind (and tugged at my heart) then she walked away from me like she was just heading off to have her feet measured or her hair cut instead of having her teeth pulled. 

It took all of my strength not to burst into tears as I watched a stranger lead my baby into another room while I sat helplessly in the waiting room.  I strained my ear to hear cries of distress that (thankfully!) never came!  Phew!  Those 48 minutes felt like an eternity.

When she finally emerged with one hand clutching a baggie containing 3 baby teeth and another hand holding several helium balloons, I choked back happy tears of relief!  She did GREAT!  No crying and no fear and she was so proud to tell me how brave she was and show me her trophy (those disgusting baby teeth with the root still attached).

She's my hero and here she is wearing her "prize":

Minus 3 baby teeth

I love her "To Infinity And Beyond!"

January 26, 2010

Dino-Dog (Maddy's art at it's finest)

It's been a while since I shared some of Maddy's wonderful art.   We get a constant stream of it here at the house and she knows to put her best work on top of the printer/scanner so we can get a permanent digital record of it. (Check out previous works of art here:  <Maddy's Art>)

I call this one "Dino Dog" because it sorta looks like a dog but it has a row of spikes on its head like a dinosaur.  Since the girls have been watching several dinosaur cartoon DVD's lately, it's likely this is what Maddy had in mind when she created this adorable beast:

Dino dog

I love the blue, orange and red circle and I think it's pretty interesting that she planned ahead and included those shapes before coloring the animal.  They don't serve any purpose other than decoration and that seems like an advanced concept for a 5 year old since most other kids her age are focusing on getting other details right (like the number of legs) and trying to keep their coloring inside the lines.  Best of all, I REALLY love the lips!  Look at those!  And the alternating orange and yellow sun beams and the perfect order of the colors in the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple).   This is probably my favorite Maddy picture of all time!

Drawing is Maddy's "best-loved-free-time-thing-to-do" (my favorite German phrase for "Hobby": liebling freie zeit beschäftigung).  She does this in all of her free waking moments and the persistence and practice is really paying off.  Her hand-writing is already better than most adults and her artistic ability might even be a bit in front of that!

January 22, 2010

Gwen has two rows of bottom teeth (shark teeth)!

When I was brushing Gwen's teeth last night, I was shocked to see that she has two permanent teeth coming in behind her baby teeth.  At first, I thought I was just seeing a glob of toothpaste because, really, who ever expects to see a 2nd row of teeth in their kids mouth?  But after a quick rinse and spit, it was confirmed:  Gwen has shark teeth.

I really never thought we'd have issues with her front two permanent teeth because she's only got three baby teeth (instead of four) between her bottom incisors.  That's just the way God made her.  With all that extra space to come in, why did her permanent teeth come in behind?   It's a mystery.

20100121shark teeth gwen

Gwen is pretty excited about having "grown up" teeth and she's proudly showing everyone she encounters.  She has a vague understanding of how things usually work when you lose baby teeth but isn't at all curious about how those baby teeth will actually come out.   I think she believes they'll just pop out when the time is right.  We should be so lucky.

I've done a bit of research online and it looks like the only cure for shark teeth (and the resulting complications) is to pull the baby teeth right away.  How do you explain THAT to a five year old?

Do they put them under General anesthesia for the extractions?   If not, how do they convince a freaked out 5 year old to open her mouth and hold still?  Trust me, I know my kid and no amount of magic Tooth Fairy dust or shiny quarters will make her sit there obediently while they jab a long needle into the tender place between her teeth and lip.  Nope, won't happen.  If you've followed us from the very beginning, you might remember how her first blood draw went .  Not much has changed except that now she's 40 pounds heavier.

We've been trying to wiggle the bottom three teeth all day but they're not budging.  If they ever do get loose, I'm afraid I won't be much help though.  Loose teeth totally gross me out.  The way they squeak when you wiggle them and the taste of metal in your mouth when they bleed.  Aaaahhhh!  And my mom used to tie a string around ours and tie the other end to a door knob then slam the door.   She also tied one end of the string to the bumper of the car and drove off.  I can still see my brother holding tight to that string and running after the car as fast as he could.  And you think I'm kidding.

Anyway, my kids will have to turn to Daddy for all of their toothy needs because Mommy is emotionally handicapped and will likely vomit or faint.  But enough about me.  What can anyone tell me about what oral surgery will be like for our girl?   I'm going to go get a big glass of wine and wait to hear your stories.

January 20, 2010

Ooooh! We liked Avatar!

All our friends told us the girls would love this movie but we were a little bit skeptical.  The creatures on the movie poster look kinda creepy so we just assumed it was going to be to scary.  Well, our friends were right -- the kids loved it!  And so did we!  

This movie is pure eye candy!  There was some cursing in it so we'll probably not buy the DVD when it comes out but the kids still talk about the blue people with the green eyes and Gwen wants to be Neytiri for Halloween. 

Seemed like a good opportunity to play with my new Photoshop program so I created this:

20090311gwen neytiri avatar_


it was many layers and I learned a lot!  I just wish it didn't take me so long to do everything.   I had to call Michael when he was between classes so he could talk me through a few rough spots.  But I think it turned out pretty good!    You can see the original photo <here>

I'd like to see a full length documentary on how they made this movie.  It was really amazing!  The story line was pretty predictable (think Pocahontas) but the special effects were brilliant. 

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