Surgery? What? I hadn't posted about it before, but our little girl needed some serious dental work. It was done in the hospital and after a multitude of things, root canals, crowns, extractions, etc... she's got a whole new smile with no front teeth.
She is a brave little girl, full of excitement about going to the hospital. I think she understood that she would feel a lot better after the doctor helped. The morning before her surgery she woke up and asked, "Mommy, Lucy go Doctor? Lucy no more mouth ouchies? Better Better, (pointing) this tooth, this tooth all gone today?" What I find to be remarkable is that she could have had no prior understanding that she'd be under anesthesia and not feel a thing. I am certain that she thought we were going to just go to the doctor and have them yanked out... and she was still excited to get the help she needed.
This Christmas I am so thankful that our babies are home and for access to good healthcare here in America.
Here she is after being admitted, waiting for the O.R.
She started getting really silly after they gave her some meds... she took this picture.
The nurses had me lay in bed with her as they transferred her from O.R. recovery to pediatrics.
I had worried that she would miss having front teeth. I guess that the title of this post is false then, because so far she hasn't seemed to mind having no front teeth. In fact, she might be the only child I've ever met to learn how to whistle after having no front teeth. She is very proud of her new trick. We probably won't hear her singing that old and obnoxious but familiar Christmas tune... but she sure is cute with her new grin.
Today I told her we were going to take pictures of her new smile and this is what I got.