Wednesday, September 29, 2010


So, we had our first trip to the dentist.... Good news is no cavities... Bad news is the babies have spotty enamel, so cavities will come easily. The fix is brushing 3 times a day, no grazing on food or milk, a calcium paste and going back to the dentist every 3 months. My first response to this fix was, yeah, right! But my ENTIRE life I have had nightmares of rotten falling out teeth and even the thought of a loose tooth rolls my stomach... So to prevent my precious darlings from having meth mouth I am doing everything I can to follow the rules! (Don't tell, but I can only get in two brushings a day!)

Why the spotty enamel? Two things, the stress of a premature birth and the magnesium that I had to be on during my pregnancy... Magnesium depletes ones calcium and everything it did to me, it did to my babies. In some twisted way, I felt guilty that the medicine that I took hurt my babies, but I quickly reminded myself that without the medicine they wouldn't even be here!
(As a side note, I find it funny that since being a mother, I find the silliest things to feel guilty about!!)

When I think about going to the dentist, I think of a calm, quiet office environment where everyone speaks in hushed tones. I was nervous about taking my wild 2 year olds, not knowing what to expect. When we got there, the front office was a little challenging, some books and some toys, but not much to keep them occupied. And why do they think I am abandoning them when I go to turn in paperwork 5 ft away?!? (The paperwork I have to fill out for any appointment of any kind is a full time job in and of itself.)

Anyway, when we got called back it was like a scene from a movie... The doors opened and it was fabulously chaotic!!! An open concept room, HUGE play area, kids running around, parents sitting on top of kids so the hygentists could clean teeth. We fit right in! Relief!

As typical to their personalities, some didn't mind the cleanings and some screamed bloody murder. (Details below.)

And last thing.... Lest you think I am a saint... I split up the visits into 2 days. :)

Sidney -- Charmed everyone. Loved sitting in the chair. Didn't mind brushing herself, but didn't care for the dentist poking into her mouth.

Luke -- So serious. Didn't smile at anyone. Wanted to know how everything worked.

Ivy -- Had to brush herself. She wanted a million prizes at the end of the visit.

Mitchell -- SO easy going. Sat there like a big boy and let them brush the longest.

Briellen -- Drama... Gagged and screamed the entire time. Had to forcefully hold her down.


  1. Wow!! You go girl! I thought you were super woman and took them all in one day! lol
    Good to hear from you! Its been a while!!

  2. Oh look at them! They are starting to look so individual. I think of you often and sometimes mis those moments in the NICU when the world seemed to be standing still.

    Ben will be going to the dentist in 3 weeks, so I hope it is as little drama as possible..
    Hope you are well.


  3. Oh, mamma, you did good! And so characteristic of each one! Hopefully it will get easier as they get older!
    Good for you for taking care of this!


  4. Hey guys! Its the Rash's... your NICU neighbors!!
    How ironic, I just finished up our 1st dentist trip too, although I split our appointments up into three different days. Too much drama for me! The kids look great... it's fun checking in to see you guys every once in a while :)