Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Brayden's First Trip to the Dentist.

Today I was a proud momma as my big boy had his first dentist appointment. We actually made the appointment 2 months ago-- can you believe that it's that long of a wait to get in to see the DENTIST?! Wowsers.

For the past two weeks I've been talking to Brayden about what the dentist would do. How he would have a pointer to point to all of his teeth, and how he would want to polish all of his teeth with a big special BUZZING toothbrush. Brayden would always kind of stare at me blankly, but whenever I would bring up the dentist again non-chalantly, he'd tell me what they were going to do (he'd even ask if Dr. Daby-- what he calls our pediatrician-- was going to check his heart. I guess he thought since I kept calling it a doctor's office that it was a full body work up... LOL). We even practiced our big open wide AHHH mouths. I was worried that even with all of the peptalk he would freak out a bit, but he did SO good from start to finish.

I didn't bring C along as originally planned. I probably could have on a normal visit, but about 3-4 weeks ago, Brayden pulled the grill on top of himself, and it smacked his face pretty good. Since that time his front four teeth have become increasingly gray. So much so that it had Drew and I really worried they might suggest to pull his teeth, so I wanted to be able to talk to the dentist if we needed to discuss serious treatments. So my dear friend Katie watched C while B and I went along for the appointment. When we pulled up to the actual dental office, there were all kinds of lifelike jungle animal sculptures protruding from the building-- it was like we had arrived at Disney land. Brayden was in awe, and I made sure to make a big deal out of it-- like we were at the coolest place EVER (and indeed, it was PRETTY darn cool!).

Greeting the Gorilla (complete with a Razorback hat) before we went in.

The inside was the same way-- all kinds of sculptures, video games, movies and a fish tank.

There was an alligator hanging from the ceiling :)
the movie theatre
sitting on the wild chairs
giving one of the many monkeys a kiss
this was the middle of the waiting room, and B's favorite part.

After he got called back we had to get x-rays. I think I was more nervous than he was. And when the technician said to open up and say "AHH" he did it! SO big!

checkin' it out...
"say AHHHHH!"

We went to the back where the chairs are lined up. In the ceiling they have flat screen tv's, and thankfully Toy Story was playing above Brayden's chair-- HEAVEN. He sat still the entire time, doing exactly like the hygienist said, and was even still for the doctor. Here's a video of part of his cleaning:

this was by his chair when we walked in... so cute!

He didn't even try to get up until they told him he was all done! He gave them a high five, grabbed his goodies (a rubber ducky squirter and a new toothbrush), and walked out the door like he'd been going to the dentist for years. I absolutely loved this office... it's SO kid friendly and our doctor and hygienist were great. And I'm so proud of my super boy, who may be a strong-willed mess, but is SO cooperative at the doctor's office, and so brave with new things! I love you Brayden Thomas!

PS- When I brought up the graying teeth, the hygienist casually mentioned that sometimes children's teeth can discolor from iron, and if that was the case with Brayden, it should come right off with the cleaning. The light bulb went off for me then, because B has been on iron supplements for the past month due to his iron deficiency, but he started them at the same time as the grill incident so I never put the two together! And just like the hygienist said, the discoloration came right off the minute she cleaned his teeth. i asked if there was anything I could do at home (since we already brush his teeth twice a day) and unfortunately there really isn't. I'm just SO grateful that it's nothing serious. Drew and I were having nightmares of them telling us we'd need to pull all 4 teeth. Aside from the vane part of me who wants my child's teeth to look pretty, I was horrified with the bill we might have to face of pulling 4 teeth. Thank you God for an easy fix!

Memorial Day Weekend

(I wrote this post last night, but it took FOREVER to upload all the pictures, so I'm just now finishing it this morning).

As I sit here typing at 9:30pm, I feel as though I may need tooth picks to prop my eyes open. I am POOPED as pooped can be, but have such a full heart, as the past 4 days have been spent with a majority (missed you Ben and Meg!) of my family.

On Thursday evening my mom, dad, sister Laura and her boyfriend Jacob, and my brother Jeff all drove in from Baton Rouge for the weekend. They came a little later than planned, since they had to be re-routed due to flooding in Louisiana. All I can say is that (a) I felt terrible that they had to be in a car for 13 hours and (b) I was incredibly grateful it wasn't ME with TWO BABIES being rerouted across the south. I am pretty sure I would have cried (and I'm pretty sure my mom almost did!). Thankfully they made it in one piece.

Friday Drew had to work half a day, so we spent the morning lounging around allowing Brayden to entertain us. He was SO excited that his "Wah wah" "Jeff" and "Jabob (Jacob)" were here to visit!

what a little cutie!

During naptime mom, Laura and I went on a little shopping excursion and then we were back before the boys woke up. The day was gorgeous, so we quickly decided to head out on an adventure to a local trail/garden that Drew has long told me about but that we never have gone to as a family. Drew's class during college (he is a Landscape Architect major) helped design portions of the area we went to... it is BEAUTIFUL. If you live in the area I highly recommend Compton Gardens! Of course, I was busy snapping pictures, and I am pretty sure that other people at the trail thought we were a bit crazy stopping along the way to have mini photoshoots :)

(please note how tan my mom is, and how pasty white I am-- I could not be happier about the fact that we have a pool pass this summer!)
"Hey guys! I'm just sittin' here watchin' all the crazies."

We attempted a family photo...

I just gave up after TAKE 4. Hoping that we'll get better by October, when we have a family portrait session FINALLY planned!
Dad said he was being an indian. Whatev.
Missed you Meggie!
"What... what is that? A flower? Oh, I think I'll pick it to eat."
Oh hi Gigi!
(PS-- I should note that he's FINALLY sitting up on his own. He's still wobbly, and will tumble if you don't sit there with him, but he's doing it, and couldn't be happier about it!)
Laura and her boyfriend Jacob (who B affectionately named "J-Bob"
This was a fresh spring creek, so Laura and Dad took turns drinking the water. They didn't get sick, but I kept telling them I wasn't cleaning up if they did :)
Ofcourse, B threw rocks...
And also fell into the water, so he had to go pantsless for a few minutes while Drew rung out his shorts.
he found a flower and RAN to show me.
but before he got to me he stopped to blow on it. I think he confused it with a dandelion.
B grabbed this stick and then said "It's a stick... no a gun!" then shot it in the air. BOYS.
He rode his Strider a lot of the trail...
We even met another little boy who was riding a Yellow Strider... Brayden was so excited to see someone else his age on a bike!
(this was WHY B wanted to sit on the rock)
(this picture cracks me up)
(Laura told B this was a grenade launcher)...
so then he tried it out...
can you tell the strain on his face? he was trying so hard to be just like Laura!
Jeff being Tarzan
not sure why he's making this face. but it's funny!
about as good as I was able to get. 2 year old pictures are impossible.
B climbed up there all on his own!
the trail head has a splash park also, and Brayden loved it. Well, actually love is a strong word, but he liked splashing in the puddles atleast!
I just love this picture of his profile... so sweet!

Saturday my parents went to visit some good friends of theirs, so the kids were left to their own. We decided to make use of our new pool pass, so we all headed to the pool. The water was cold, but we had fun. I totally forgot my camera on that trip so no pics for Saturday.

Sunday we all hung together as a family. My sister, mom and I laid out together during naptime... when I said that we just needed an ocean and a nice margarita, Laura asked Drew to make us some margaritas, and he made them and brought them out to us! So nice! The weather was awesome so after the boys woke up from their naps we headed to the pool. I remembered my camera this time :)

He's always a little timid before he goes, and then asks to go again when he finishes.

Sunday night we played Apples to Apples... always a good family game to bring lots of laughs.

The fam left town today. I felt like this was the first time Brayden really understood they were leaving. Today he's been asking about everyone, and when we got to the pool today (yes, we went 3 days in a row... pretty sure that will be our life for the next 3 months!) Brayden exclaimed "yay! Poppa and Gigi!" I guess he thought they'd be there to meet us, like they had the day before. It's so sad that my family lives so far away, yet it makes the time we do get to spend with them that much sweeter.

Tomorrow is Brayden's first visit to the dentist. I'm really nervous about the appointment, but not for Brayden's behavior, which always (knock on wood) has been rather stellar at the doc's office). Rather, it's because his top teeth have become increasingly black/grayish since the grill fell and smacked him in the face several weeks ago, and I am afraid that they are either already dead, or dying and that we'll have to get them pulled.

And with that, I'm off to bed. Hope you all have a great week!

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