Tuesday, March 30, 2010


We have teeth coming out our ears these days. Well, our mouths really. And not my mouth, or Ben's, our kids'! Izzy lost one of her top front teeth this week. Her last loose tooth she allowed me to pull out but she didn't get to a point this time when she thought it was wiggly enough yet. Obviously when it came out as she ate her cereal she realized it was indeed time to come out! It was kind of gross a few days ago when she asked me if there were nuts in our bread. She said she kept crunching! I told her no and she said, "Oh, it must have just been my tooth!" Yikes. If your tooth folds into your mouth and you can bite it, it's time to come out! It also looked so awkward when she would talk because it would totally get in the way. Her lip stuck out just a little and she would pause sometimes in the middle of a sentence to adjust her protruding tooth! Everyone offered to yank it out and she would say, "Nope, it's not quite ready!" We've got one more front tooth left and it is just a little wiggly. Hopefully it won't hang on as long as it's little buddy did.

When you were a kid did you brush your teeth well? I'll be blunt and say that I remember feeling that slimy, clean feeling only after getting my teeth cleaned at the dentist! I think it is hard to train your children how to brush their teeth well! Even if you've got the habit down of specific times when they brush their teeth, there is no guarantee that when they open their mouths for a teeth check that they will look much different than when they went in? "What have you been doing in there this whole time?!" I ask daily, it seems. Then I take my turn at removing the grime that has built up in that single day. How can I explain how to focus on a certain region before moving to the next? Aiden's teeth brushing is like a tornado. The brush spins and scrubs and only touches down, like, every other tooth. His hand moves furiously but it darts from one side to the other in a matter of seconds leaving small clean patches in it's path. It's like a tooth brush with ADHD. Whatever the heck went on in that mouth accomplished extremely little! We also take turns with Izzy still but thankfully Emma manages to come out with squeaky clean teeth. It took 9 years or so, but we have accomplished something! Thank you, Jesus! I hope we keep all our teeth! (At least the ones we're suppose to!)


Eric and Tara said...

This was a funny post. I laughed a lot. And it makes me excited for when Maly starts losing his teeth... Cute.

Ben said...

You still make me laugh all the time. You're a funny lady and a great mom. I love you.

Chelan said...

Can I just say your picture of Izzy swinging is fantastic? It's fantastic. Her expression is so natural.

Ella doesn't even have a loose tooth yet (but she's believed she has loose teeth for nearly a year)... and she's older than Izzy. Isn't it weird how teeth grow in and then fall out and then more grow in? But they're all there waiting in our gums before we're even born? Creepy. It's like we're closely related to sharks.

What if our teeth just expelled themselves during a voracious feeding like sharks? Sick.

Thought provoking stuff, Jen.

Jen said...

Or what if we had layers of teeth protruding out like sharks. Eeks!

It is weird how everyone is different. We were with a four yr old tonight who has already lost a top tooth! Crazy!

Sean said...

I do not have that “thousand percent of sureness” to answer your question. I am 29 now and recalling it will be a bit hard for me. But all I can remember and be sure of is that I have a Mother who happens to be a dentist, (Murrells, Inlet, SC to be exact) that never tires of teaching me the proper ways of doing it. I even had to sing “Happy Birthday” six times just to time the length of my brushing. Maybe, my answer for you is a “big yes”. But what’s more worth-remembering are my happy times with my mom, and all the days of just being at her side all the time.