Nathan & Emily had a dentist appointment on Thursday. I had originally scheduled one for Joshua too, but I canceled it because I knew I wouldn’t have enough hands, knowing I had to bring all the kids by myself.
I’ve prided myself on almost always being on time, usually early. I think it’s rather rude to be late – whether it’s a doctor’s appointment or church or wherever. I’m not trying to be judgmental here – that’s just how I feel about it for me. Well pride goes before a fall, right? Because I was a few minutes late to the dentist. Granted it was only about 5 so it’s not too bad, but still.
It’s rather a balancing act – you want to plan enough time for those unexpected things that always happen with young children, but then you don’t want to get there too early and end up waiting around even longer than already necessary.
As it was, I thought I gave myself enough time, but the kids threw in some extra “unexpected” and it wasn’t quite enough. Joshua threw a fit and refused to go out to the car with Nathan. Luke pooped just as I was getting him buckled into his carseat, so I had to take him out and change him. Emily was being her usual slow-as-molasses in getting ready – ever so slowly choosing which socks she wanted to wear.
We did get there and Jolene, the dental hygienist who is incredibly sweet & a Christian, called Nathan. Nathan went back with her all by himself, like the big kid he is quickly becoming, and he did very well. Then it was Emily’s turn. She also did great – Jolene is so wonderful with the kids & really knows just how to make it a fun experience. The best news? Neither child has any cavities! Yay! I didn’t think they did – we all eat pretty healthy and rarely eat bad-for-your-teeth sweets and such. But I wasn’t able to keep as close an eye on their teeth brushing as I usually like to with the craziness of the past year, so I wasn’t sure what the outcome would be. But all is good and I am very happy about it!
Joshua enjoyed exploring the dentist’s office – it’s a small place and we happened to have appointments around noon when everyone left for lunch break so we had it pretty much to ourselves. He took all the toothpaste boxes out of the drawer in Jolene’s room and arranged them on the floor and then dumped them back in. This kept him occupied for a good 20 minutes. Bless Jolene’s heart, she said it wasn’t a problem and that really saved me from having to chase him up and down the hallway during Emily’s appointment.
When we were all finished, Joshua discovered a new little friend back in the waiting room. She was a one year old little girl and Joshua was enthralled with her. While I was putting Luke in his carseat, he sat on the floor next to her and I found him gently holding her hand and petting her arm with the biggest smile on his face. It was the funniest thing and one of those moments where I really wish I had my camera with me. Joshua was thrilled to pieces and he did not want to leave her. He threw a big fit when I pulled him away and I had to have Nathan help me practically carry him out to the car (I was also juggling coats, the diaper bag, and Luke in his carseat) as he refused to cooperate and walk.
I wish I had pictures to post, but I simply do not have enough arms to bring a camera, muchless take pictures. I personally find it much more interesting when bloggers share a story and the pictures. Maybe one of these days.
Jolene, if you happen to read this, thanks again for everything! You are awesome! 🙂