tristan has only recently become very interested in drawing. i think his cousin sarah got him into it when she visited because she loves to draw and is very good at it. i wouldn't say tristan is terribly good at it yet, but he is practicing a lot and its fun to see his imagination take the form of illustrations. yesterday he brought this picture upstairs to show me and josh. he pointed out who everyone was (mommy, sam, daddy and tristan) and, when josh asked if tristan was a stick, he replied "no, i look like a gun." ...i tell ya, boys and guns, they must learn all about them in-utero because samuel is already picking up random pointy objects and making shooting noises....but that is a whole other post.
so, then i noticed that it seemed tristan had drawn a frown on josh's face rather than a smile. i asked tristan, "is daddy sad?" "yes", he replied, "you, sam and daddy are sad." "Why?" "you are all very sad because i don't have a head." both josh and i burst into laughter and couldn't stop, which made tristan a bit perturbed. we had to assure him that we weren't laughing at him, but that he had drawn a very funny picture.
having a blog is handy for all sorts of reasons, but i especially love the fact that if i ever forget when something happened in the last 6 years, i can just do a quick search on my blog to find out. i was surprised to find that tristan fell and hit his front tooth only 6 months ago; i had thought that it was longer ago than that. last month, josh noticed that the area on his gums above his "grey tooth" was looking almost blistery. it went away and then reappeared, so we had josh's mom (who works for a dentist) take a look at it. she immediately made an appointment for him and, a week ago, he had another x-ray that showed that not only is his tooth pretty much dead, but he has an infection in his gums. he was put on antibiotics and we were given a referral to go have his tooth pulled. before the dentist left the room, he mentioned that the root of the tooth is pretty far gone, so he said that it may be quite easy for us to pull it out ourselves.
and so we've been wiggling. well, not we exactly, because just thought of wiggling a loose tooth is enough to make me gag. i'm very queasy about things like that for some reason. josh has been wiggling the tooth and tristan tries to, but its been a whole week now and it doesn't seem like its gotten very loose at all. which means.....i have to make an appointment for him to get it extracted. ugh. i've no idea how it will go, if he'll be a champ, or be traumatized for life. all i know is that parents are not allowed in the room during the procedure and that makes me want to cry. tristan is excited to put his tooth under his pillow like his big cousins do and he asks me every day if we can go to the dentist RIGHT NOW to get his tooth out. i'm thankful that he isn't frightened of it yet, but i have a feeling that the tears will start once we get there and he realizes that it may hurt and that mommy won't be there to hold his hand. any advice on how to prepare your children for a painful procedure would be appreciated!