December is the month for doing things that I have been putting off and/or dreading for a long, long time.
1.) I took Livi and Ava for their first dentist visit Wednesday. After hearing tooth horror stories from moms who nursed their babies to sleep and gave their kids juice (mixed w/water) in sippy cups in the middle of the night and let them eat too many fruit snacks (guilty of all three), I was plenty nervous. Especially since Livi is six and has never been to the dentist. Praise the Lord–they must have their father’s teeth! Not a single cavity. Everything looks wonderful. Livi will need braces and Ava is tongue-tied and needs her tongue thingy clipped, but no cavities!! They can’t wait to go back. Ava was in her glory with all the attention she got in that big, comfy chair.
2.) I went to the dentist myself yesterday for the first time since I was 8 months pregnant with Ava. I think the poor little thing could feel my pain, because she jumped so violently while I was in the dentist’s chair that my stomach muscles were sore for a week. Someday I will write a blog about why I hate going to the dentist, but I’ll just give the highlights now. Gabe’s boss recommended this one. His name is Larry, and for some reason, I was picturing an old guy with bushy eyebrows and stinky breath. And mean hygienists who berate me for neglecting to floss. Okay, so the dentist’s office looks like pottery barn, and the hygienists are beautiful and angelic, and the dentist looks like Michael Jordan–and he is kind and funny and quite possibly a Christian. I have reversible gingivitis, a couple cavities and some mild decay. The full mouth debridement I got was NOT fun. I go again next Thursday. From now on, I will floss religiously.
3.) The other things I dread/have put off will probably not happen until next December–a deep cleaning of my bathroom, painting the living room/bathroom/Livi and Ava’s room, learning to drive a stick shift better than I can now, and going to the eye doctor and getting some glasses (I wear contacts).
Some quick tidbits before I go:
–As of 10:00 last night, Target had 1 Butterscotch pony in stock. One little girl’s life is going to be so much better once she has this fabulous toy. Incidentally, the store model was malfunctioning and wouldn’t stop nodding and neighing and shaking. It looked like a mild seizure and was quite freakish.
–Ava and Nina are both getting baby dolls for Christmas. I so want to get Livi one but she absolutely does not want one. She’s “too big” for dolls and wants more office supplies and perhaps an outfit. I’m almost positive I was still getting dolls until I was at least 11 or 12.
–Oh my word! I am so excited about something I could bust! My friend Courtney’s dear Mom, Patty, made my girls Little House on the Prairie dresses (and pinafores and bonnets) for Christmas. I’ll have my own little Mary, Laura and Carrie! She also made me (Ma) an apron and bonnet and Charlotte dolls (like Laura’s) for Livi and Ava. I don’t know if I can wait 10 more days for the girls to open them! They have LHOTP Season 1 on DVD, and I want to get them Season 2 to go with their dresses but can’t find it anywhere.
–I’m going to Livi’s holiday (CHRISTmas) party this afternoon at her school. I’ve never been in her classroom while it’s in session, and I am soooo excited! I’ve only ever been to parties as a teacher–what a fun new experience this will be. She asked me last night what I was wearing. I told her I could dress up (black sweater and jeans) or not (Virginia Tech sweatshirt and jeans). She picked the VT–girl after my own heart. 🙂
Have an awesome weekend!