Thursday, January 13, 2011

snow & a parenting PSA

For the first time EVER in my life (that I can remember) I have loved seeing the snow fall...why, you ask...because I don't have to go to work if we get a bit of snow...the best perk of working in a school (in the South) if you ask me.

We have had THREE snow days this week and started today on a one hour delay. Woo hoo for 2 day work weeks. Bonus that next week is only 4 days due to MLK Holiday. Of course, the downside is that all of this will make the week of Jan 24 VERY DIFFICULT if we go Ack!

Yesterday was a rough day for me, even though we had no school, E and I both had dentist appointments. His was a second opinion actually, after getting some devastating news from another dentist back in Nov/Dec. Sadly, the news yesterday was pretty much the same but I did like this dentist and his staff much better so we are going to stick w/them.

So while I struggle with my intense feelings of being a big failure of a mom and all that...I want to just say to all the first time parents out there - because NO ONE TOLD ME - take your child to the dentist AT AGE ONE....that is the NEW recommended age for their first dental visit. Maybe I should have known this or sought this out on my own, but it would have been nice to hear it from my pediatrician, we were only there every 3-6 months for the first two years of his life!! Additionally, do not EVER let your child go to bed with a sippy cup/bottle...we did this for a while last year and are suffering SEVERE consequences now. Lastly, if your child is anything like mine and puts up a mean fight to NOT have his teeth brushed, as hard as it may be, you need to find a way to get their teeth cleaned...even if you have to sort of maybe um, sit on him/her. This was too much for me (because I got NO help) at times and so brushing didn't get done all the time...again, we are paying the consequences now and I'm miserable about it. One more thing...if you are using that safe-to-swallow toothpaste...I recommend switching to a fluoride toothpaste as soon as your child can understand to spit it out....start teaching them. The fluoride is your friend and your child's teeth need it.

We are now on a STRICT 2x/day (or more) brushing routine and have been for a while now, but the damage is done. We also use childrens mouthwash, floss and yesterday we received a bottle of fluoride to use every night on E's teeth. So yeah, our night routine has been lengthened but I wish all of this had happened a year ago...things wouldn't have been so awful if we caught it sooner.

If all of that wasn't enough to convince you, I will share with you that we will be visiting the hospital on February 7th for E's dental work to be done...and he has to be put under anesthesia. It sucks. I'm devastated. That is all.


Señorita Andalucíana said...

Sorry to hear about E but I'm sure everything will be OK.

Congrats on the Snow days though!

Anonymous said...

Egh, the anesthesia is nothing (so says the mom whose kids have been under four times). Just have Popsicle's afterward. . .oh, probably not a good idea for dental work!

I guess I will go out and buy the kiddie toothpaste this weekend.

CB Mauro said...

Oh my- so sorry K....I am not a parent but it would never occur to me they should go to a dentist that young either. I hope everything works out, thinking of you!

PS~I do still read your blog even though I don't comment often!