Katie went to her pediatric dentist on Monday with Brandon and she took x-rays to see where the permanent teeth were in relation to the ones that were knocked awry. One was right behind the one that was knocked out, and near the one next to it, so hopefully it wasn’t negatively impacted. They ended up giving her nitrous and then a couple of novocaine shots and then pulling them, so she has a huge hole in her mouth now. The funniest part, to me, is that she realizes that her vampire tooth is showing on one side, so she asked me to pull the other tooth that was there so she was a true vampire. Hee.
I’m glad that she is such a trooper. I really wanted to cuddle the heck out of her to comfort her (read: me) and we did have one great day of snuggles, but this is the kiddo who doesn’t generally like being held (after she’s done crying, or when she’s not trying to pull something over on her bro). So, seeing her return to a state of normality is good.
And, she had two visits from the tooth fairy in as many days! Woo!
Katie teethed pretty late — so did Max. I was under the impression that she would hit most teething milestones late as a result, so it was surprising when she started losing teeth a bit on the early side; she’d lost all four of the front bottom teeth by 6. However, she had no loose teeth, so we didn’t think we’d be seeing the tooth fairy for a while around here.
Today was Riley and Tyler’s birthday party at Pump It Up. I was working with Max when I saw Katie come down off the big slide crying. As I made my way over to her, I saw her face contorted, and then I realized she was bleeding, and then Brandon was there and he picked her up and her teeth were bloody and there was like, a hole, and then Brandon picked her up and handed me something and I was like, what the hell is this? A tooth in my hand?
The guy who worked there (Sean) was trying to explain to me what happened but Katie was HOWLING so we went out to the front and Max handily disappeared and this woman was asking me if she was okay but I was only noticing that I was holding a tooth and that Brandon had my bleeding, screaming child in his lap. He told me that the incisor on the left (well, her left) of the hole was super loose and most likely would fall out, and the other front tooth was loose as well, but not as much.
After asking a third time, I finally found out what happened — a boy ran full-tilt up the slide while Katie was coming down, and since she was wearing socks per their rules, she couldn’t slow down, and he slammed his face into her mouth and knocked her tooth out. I called our dentist, put a call into the emergency dentist covering, and he called me back. As I expected, the dentist said that since they were all baby teeth, there was no need to attempt to save any of them; the one that was out was out, and there was a likelihood that the sockets could firm up around the loose ones (although with the way that Katie was worrying the incisor, I think that one is going to fall out).
I held Katie while Brandon went to go get some meds, and the PIU people took a report and also brought her some ice cream. Her teeth… her gums. Just awful, awful. I sent the dentist some pics of the tooth and her gums to ensure that everything was okay and he said that I needed to call our normal dentist on Monday but that otherwise he thinks things are okay. The mom of the kid looked like she was crying (and it turns out she was), she was very attentive and making sure that things were okay and I spent some time talking to her about how it was just an accident, that Katie was going to be okay, and I joked around with her son a bit, teasing him about how he must have a skull made of Adamantium because he only had one small cut and bump. I could tell she was grateful and I felt that it made up for the daze I had been in up to that point.
Kid accidents are awful. Katie is being very sweet and wonderful about it (she is making very funny comments about how she thinks she sounds funny now) but in my head I see her face when it happens and how much she was hurting and it makes me cry. I feel badly that it happened at my niece and nephew’s birthday party, too.
The tooth fairy is gonna drop a $20 on that baby, fo’ sho’.
(Max eventually came out crying when B was still getting meds because a kid kicked him in the head and I had two bawling babies in my lap and it was very sad. But, otherwise, he was excellent and made space for his sister when she really needed attention. He’s a good kiddo.)
Max … how is it possible that my baby is four? Over the last year, he has learned to use Ye Old Potty, and gotten a big-boy bed — so pretty much, he’s entirely big kid. The things that I find the most startling about him:
– He has an incredible memory and can pull up specifics from over a year ago with total ease.
– He is very sensitive — when he saw me getting angry once, he kissed my hand to calm me down. He is also quick to apologize.
– He’s an instigator. He knows how to piss Katie off, how to work her emotions against her (especially when she’s wrung out at the end of the day), and he will do it.
– He is a total cling-bot and I can barely walk around the house near him without him attaching himself to me, bodily. On the other end of this, he is also extremely cuddly and kissy, and he loves to hug me and to get hugs.
– He loves to help, and to be of use. (Oh gods, I sound like Thomas.)
– He’d usually rather play than watch TV.
– He is absolutely easy to get out of a bad mood, because he loves to be teased and tickled.
– He is the kind of kid who will go through an entire toy magazine and tell me he needs everything in it. (“Or I will die and I will not love you.”)
– He gets into stuff and is sort of a completist about it — for example, we used Cars toys as potty-training collateral and he literally had to have every one he saw that he didn’t have. He also knew all the ones he DID have and could name them easily.
– He loves to have books read to him and he loves to hear stories. Two things I attribute easily to him over the last year include him saying, “Can you read me a story from your mouth?” (meaning he wants me to make something up), and his way of refusing to walk and crossing his arms with his bottom lip pouted out when he’s angry about something.
He’s my favorite guy and I think he’s keen. (I also like how he’ll randomly yell from somewhere in the house, “Mommy?” “Yes, Maxie?” “I love you! That’s all I wanted to say.”)
Nicknames: Maxibean, Maximiliano, Maxwellington, Wellington, Maxaroni, Maxaroni Maxaroo, beeb, peanut, cutieface, beanyboo, babybug, bug.
The Yearly Quiz!
What’s your name? Max.
What’s your favorite color? Orange.
Who are your best friends? Stormy, um, Jordan. Did you spell Jordan? And Gavin. Did you spell Gavin? Nicky. Nicky Nicholas. [What about Katie?] Yeah, Katie’s already invited.
What is your favorite book? Um, “Mommy Poop On Face.” What are you spelling? Um, Thomas, it’s called Crack on the Track.
What is your favorite song? Wreck It Ralph. [He pronounced it "Ralp."]
What is your favorite movie? Wreck It Ralph. [Do you like that more than The Lego Movie?] Yeah.
What is your favorite TV show? Fleabag Monkeyface. [Really? I don't believe you.] I like it for real. [But do you like it so much that it's your favorite?] I don’t know.
What is your favorite animal? Elephant.
What’s your favorite food? Pizza! [What kind of pizza?] Mac n pizza! [What's mac n pizza?] It means you put mac n cheese on a pizza. [Have you ever actually had that?] Yes, I had it at Michele’s.
What’s your yuckiest food? I don’t know.
What’s your favorite restaurant? Stacks!
What’s your favorite store? Toys R Us!
What’s your favorite game? Kinect Party! [Not Hungry Hungry Hippo?] I like Hungry Hungry Hippo, but the most game I want to play is hit mommy’s boobies!
Do you have a favorite clothing item, and PJs? I don’t know! My favorite PJs are orange!
What is your favorite word? (burps) Burpie!
What makes you mad? Um, Daddy just made me mad, he talked over me. [What else makes you mad?] Katie yelling at me. [Anything else?] Um, nothing else! Do you know what really made me mad? Me bonking into the TV.
What’s your favorite toy? Um, let’s see. Lego!
What do you want to do when you grow up? Um, a Storm Trooper!
What’s your favorite sport? Baseball!
What’s your favorite thing at school? Um, the baby! [Which baby?] All of them? [Why do you like them?] Because it is so cute.
If you could go on an airplane anywhere, where would you go? Um, safari!
What are 3 words that describe you? M! A! X! [I describe some examples.] Cute! Funny! Thomas!
When you were little, you used to: Um, when I drunk your tees I throwed up! (This is actually true — reflux!)