Saturday, August 2, 2008

Jonah's First Dental Visit

Today was the big day...Jonah's first visit to the dentist. I have really been looking forward to this because I am such a big goober. I've only worked for General Dentists and we always started seeing kids at age 3. But, I was told by several people that Pediatric Dentist see kids at age 2. So, I called several weeks ago to schedule his first appointment.

While we still have several close friends in the Jackson area who are Dentists, I wanted Jonah to get established here in Natchez. I also wanted him to have the full experience of seeing a Pediatric Dentist so it would be fun and exciting.

We got up an hour early this morning and got ready to go. As we were about to leave the house, I double checked with Dan to be sure Jonah brushed his teeth after breakfast. Yeah...he didn't! How embarrassing would that have been? So, we rushed back to the bathroom for a final brushing of the teeth before heading out.

I made sure to practice opening wide. Check him out...he looks ready, doesn't he?

As you can see, I was able to get my typical Jonah/Dan walking picture. I don't know why I am obsessed with those but I am. Then, I also got a picture of me and my little 2 year old outside Dr. Bradford's office. 2 years old...WOW! That still blows my mind. As you will see, we practiced opening WIDE again. He was really good at that.

While I filled out the patient information forms, Dan and Jonah played in the playroom. I'm not sure who enjoyed the video games more!

I'm so bummed that this next picture is blurry. It would have been so cute. I think I can fix it in PhotoShop but I will have to work on that.
I was so proud of Jonah. He marched right back there on his own and climbed right up on that table. I brought Lammy along for reinforcement. I'm not sure he really needed Lammy but I pulled it out right at the beginning and he held on tight to him the entire visit.
While the hygienist got everything ready, I pointed out the different things to Jonah and explained what all we were about to do. This really made me miss my days in dentistry.
He laid back and let her polish his teeth with no problem. He winced right at first because the very first tooth she touched was the one that is a little loose from his fall last week. After she moved off of that tooth, he did great.

He was thrilled to be given a Eeyore toothbrush. He is still a big fan of Winnie the Pooh and all of his friends so an Eeyore toothbrush was a great choice for him.
He was also quite pleased with his two stickers. He kept pointing to them and telling me they were "tickers!"

Dr. Bradford came over to check Jonah out and said everything looked good. He is a definite candidate for ortho when he gets older. I thought he had bigger space issues that what he actually has. So, that was good news.

Jonah was very happy to discover he got to pick a prize. They had tons of bouncy balls and that was about the best prize you could offer him. He was such a big boy and did so great today. I'm so proud of this little guy!!

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Friday, August 1, 2008

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Natalie turns 3

Once again, I am posting out of order but these pictures were ready to blog so I am going with it.  I wanted you to see these first couple of pictures so you would understand what we are dealing with these days.  My boy is teething.  He has 4 molars coming in and his hands stay in his mouth.  Poor guy!


Jonah's birthday was a little different this year.  Last year was all about him from the time he woke up until the time he went to bed.  This year was a very busy day.  It started with church that morning an ended around 7 that night.  Fortunately, he got a great nap before Natalie's party.  

We stopped long enough after arriving at the party to snap a few pictures with our birthday boy.  This mommy and daddy are so blessed to have this 2 year old in our lives.  We are so thankful to God for the gift of Jonah.  

Jonah wasn't too sure about posing for a picture with Natalie and her Poppa.  This picture was taken right after arriving at the party and Jonah had not seen the sombreros yet.  I think they somewhat intimidated him.  

Jonah had his first experience with a pinata.  He loved it.  He thought it was great to hit something without getting in trouble.  
He was even more thrilled with all of the loot that came out of the pinata.  He was amazed to see the candy that hit the ground.  He quickly scooped it up with the help of his daddy.  

Here is Jonah's friend, Natalie.  Over the last year, they have become good buddies.  I was glad they both got to be a part of each others birthday parties.  That was a little difficult for both of us because we had parties to work on.  It looks like we will be sharing birthday weekends for many years to come.  (Well, until Natalie's boyfriend tells her she can't invite other boys to her birthday parties!)

Dan spent a lot of time at the party pushing Jonah in Natalie's red car.  He was quite a fan of that little car.  
Natalie's party was a combination fiesta/pool party.  So, after a while, Dan changed Jonah into his swimsuit so he could participate in the cooler, wet activities.  
They had an inflatable water slide that the kids LOVED.  Well, all kids except mine.  He was not impressed with the thing.  He stared at it but would not get close to going up there.  

We resorted to the pool instead.  Dan got in with Jonah while I took pictures.  (Imagine that?)

If you go back to one of the previous posts, you will see a great picture Jami took of Jonah when he was in the pool.  This is this backside of that picture.  I must have taken this right before or after she got her shot.  

After swimming for a while, Dan changed Jonah into some dry clothes and we watched Natalie open her gifts.  Jonah enjoyed a Caprisun while Natalie enjoyed lots of fun things.  

After 2.5 hours, it was time to beat the heat and head for home.  We loaded up our little chico and headed to the car.  He was exhausted and so were we!

But, as we were getting in the car, I noticed the horses were right at the fence.  I pointed them out to Dan and off they went.  We couldn't let an opportunity to be that close to a horse pass us by.  

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