Friday, April 03, 2009
Ting Ting's trip to the dentist
Well, as I mentioned earlier, Ting Ting recently made her first trip to the dentist. She was a champ!
She was so excited when she woke up that morning that she insisted on picking out her clothes and getting dressed immediately after breakfast.
She was ready at 7:30 a.m. Our appointment was at 10.
I had prepared her in advance, starting almost as soon as I made the appointment six months earlier. It helped that one of the books Santa brought her was about Dora's trip to the dentist. We've probably read it 30 times in the last few months.
She was all ready for what the room would look like, what the instruments would look like, and what the dentist and hygienist would do with her.
And, luckily for us, we had Rosemary the hygienist. Rosemary showed Ting Ting each of the instruments and how it worked, and she turned each one on so Ting Ting would know how it sounded.
After Rosemary had helped Ting Ting count her teeth and had given them a quick polishing, Dr. D. came in to meet her newest patient.
I'm not bragging, but Ting Ting was such a model patient that the other hygienists and office staff kept stopping in to see her.
Ting Ting was thrilled when Rosemary gave her a new toothbrush with Belle on it. And she happily followed Rosemary down the hall to find some stickers with Dora and Diego on them.
Then it was Mama's turn. I had been smart enough to make the appointment at the same time I scheduled my own visit, but I wasn't smart enough to bring someone else with me to keep Ting Ting entertained while I was getting checked.
So Rosemary asked Ting Ting if she would help her with me. Ting Ting strapped on an enormous pair of rubber gloves and went to work.
One of the visiting hygienists snapped this photo for us. After that, Ting Ting took my camera and got some shots of her own.
(Remind me never to let her do that again).
Most of her photos were pretty good, though. I liked the composition of this one, with Ting Ting's finger across the corner.
And Rosemary continued to entertain.
All in all, it was a good day. She made me proud.
Matter of fact, she did so well that we followed it up with a hair cut -- oh, yes we did.
All in all, a great morning.