Friday, July 31, 2009

Three and Cavity FREE!

Today, Camdyn had her very 1st Dental Appointment with Dr. Ronk, a Pediatric Dentist in town. We prepared for the visit by reading "The Tooth Book" by Dr. Seus, actually it might be penned by Theo LeSieg (either way, it's Dr. Seuss). We talked about how the lady would brush her teeth for her and how the boy Dr. would look at her teeth with a mirror and would wiggle them with a funny stick. We didn't overly focus on the visit because I didn't want there to be too much apprehension.
We arrived on time at 8:30 and Cam bolted for all the toys in the waiting room. They quickly called us back and we got down to business. First, the lady (hygenist) showed Camdyn all of her instruments and let her feel them, they talked about how the soft brush made a cool noise, how water squirted out of the stick, and how the suction thing gave her fish kisses. Cam didn't have any problem laying down for the cleaning. The lady put purple stuff on her teeth and showed her that the areas that turned pink had plaque. Then, they brushed it all away. Camdyn did wonderfully, until I stood up to snap a picture (shown above). Then, she got teary eyed and wanted to sit up. She cried some faker tears and before she knew it, it was all over. We started to read a book and then the boy doctor (the dentist) walked in and Camdyn couldn't get on the table fast enough! She fully cooperated as he looked at her teeth with the mirror and wiggled them with the metal stick. She really liked the boy doctor!

Turns out that Camdyn has no cavities and they'll see her again in 6 months. She got 3 stickers and to pick out a prize and then I let her play in the waiting room for a few minutes so she would be excited to come back. It was a quick and painless visit and went a lot smoother than I expected. The doctor was a nice man, although on the old side (his hands were shakey - If I were to guess....70???), so as long as Camdyn never needs a cavity filled or heaven forbid a root canal, I'm sure she'll like it there just fine!

When we got in the car Camdyn told me that she cried because she didn't like the purple stuff..."it was dirty mommy and I don't like dirty teeth." She also said she liked the boy doctor a lot better than the girl doctor! So, after much praise, and a stop at starbucks for chocolate milk, I dropped her off at school where she joined her friends on the playground and gave me nose kisses through the chainlink fence.
I'm so happy that I can check that off the to-do list with a smile on my face!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Snip Snip and Sandy Feet

This weekend was filled with a few firsts for the Piersoll girls. On Saturday morning, Camdyn went with me and Gramma to Spa Hollywood for her first professional haircut. I'd taken it upon myself to trim Camdyn's hair myself several times. The child is a chronic hair twirler and she twists her extremely fine hair until it breaks off or winds up in knots. Because of this, I've had to trim the back of her hair up to avoid the mullet affect. So, we arrive at the Spa and it's a pretty lively and swanky place. They were doing FREE haircuts for children under 12, so thankfully, there were quite a few children around. This made the process so much easier. I was fearful that Camdyn would refuse to sit in the chair, but much to my chagrin, Camdyn cooperated - FULLY. She had her hair wet down in the shampoo bowl, then proceeded to the stylist's chair, where she willingly donned the black cape, and stared at her knees while the stylist snipped away at the fine ends of her hair. Gramma and I couldn't wipe the grins off of our faces as we snapped a few photos of this hallmark moment. Camdyn doesn't have much hair to begin with, but now she has side-swoopy bangs and some layers in the back. She was promptly rewarded with a giant cookie from the cookie tray and then we went on our merry way. She was so proud of her first haircut!

Later that evening, we met the Brester's for pizza at Demetrios and then headed to the beach for sunset. This was Miss Chloe Belle's first trip to the Beach! I stood her in the sand and she actually smiled when her little baby toes hit the beach. This was quite a shock to me, as this child doesn't deal well with the unexpected. She also didn't mind the ocean water on her toes, and why would she, it's about 88 degrees. She screamed and hollered when I attempted to stick her in the pool a few weeks back, but the gulf water suited her just fine. So, Camdyn played with Jadyn and eventually Chloe resolved to sleeping in my arms. The view was serene and the evening peaceful until Camdyn dropped a bucket of wet sand on her toes. Stop for a second and think about the last time you dropped something heavy on your foot, or stubbed your toe...oh the pain! Now, pretend that you are 3 and dropped something heavy on your foot. OUCH! For a second I thought maybe she needed stitches. The skin was flapping back & forth and it looked pretty deep. Of course, all this is complicated by the grit & grime of the beach sand. She cried, but only for about 5 min. Aunt Jamie sprinkled some water on it and made it feel much better. Luckily, she's a pretty tough kid. She never said another word about it hurting. Whew.
Every weekend is a fantastic weekend, but this one was sprinkled with a few firsts, a relaxing lunch and shopping just me and my mom, and some pretty good laughs. I'm already looking forward to next weekend!

Camdyn sitting in the stylist's chair. She kept saying to her, "I really like your pretty watch. I like your pretty earrings." The stylist thought Camdyn was very complimentary.

Gramma and Chloe at the beach

Camdyn running Baywatch style...she's only missing the red suit
- Watch out Pam Anderson!

Camdyn & Jadyn playing at the Beach

Camdyn's busted toes - Dang, Heavy Bucket Filled with Sand

Chloe looking cute for Church

Camdyn and Chloe Singing and doing the motions to

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Perfectly Average

Today, Chloe had her 4 month well visit with Dr. Meyer. We determined that Miss Belle (as we affectionately call her, and I have no idea why) is squarely in the 50th percentile for both height and weight. She's weighing in at 12.2 lbs and measures 24 1/4 inches. Although she is perfectly average in both regards she still seems like quite a peanut to me. Following after her BIG sister, who never saw a percentile beneath 90, she still seems so tiny and petite. Just as there are no two pregnancies alike, there are also no two children alike.

The nurse commented that Chloe looks just like her big sister, and although they are mirror images of each other, the similarities stop there. Chloe is much more tempermental than Camdyn was. She'll cry if she's hot or cold, or if she doesn't like the feel of the blanket that I've thrown over her lap. She's also a better sleeper than Camdyn ever was as an infant, and she doesn't eat around the clock like Camdyn did. Any breastfeeding mom out there can attest to what a saving grace that is! I can't help to wonder how these differences will transfer into her personality down the road.

Chloe also got another round of shots in preparation for "school" which she will start in August. She was a trooper, she screamed silently for a moment but calmed as soon as I held her. It was a cake walk compared to the 20 min heel stick she endured a few months back and a few blood draws that resulted in not being able to find the vein. Regardless, I'm glad that is behind us.

So, Miss Belle will spend the rest of the day napping and finding comfort in Gramma's arms and I will continue to smile at my pefectly average and beautiful baby girl.

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Photo Shoot

Piersolls here. Yes, I've finally resolved to blogging mostly because I need a way to pass the hours at work and facebook & myspace are not options. I'll probably be updating OFTEN on account of this.

We took the girls (and grandma) to Sears for Chloe's 4 month pictures. As cute as the girls were, nothing was working out as planned. For starters, Chloe missed her morning nap and was cranky and Camdyn was overly excited about pictures and the prospect of earning a cookie from the cookie store and was very loud and rambunctious. Every time Camdyn forgot to use her "inside voice" Chloe would get scared and cry. I hardly got a picture of the two of them together because Chloe would burst in to tears every time Camdyn got close to her. Chloe's forehead and eyebrows are an indicator of this in the pictures, just look for the red.

The hour long shoot was a bit stressful, but we got some fairly good pictures. Whew. Next time, I think I'll take Chloe by herself or bring Camdyn and tell her that the pictures are just of Chloe. That usually sparks a tinge of jealousy in her and as a result, she channels her innermost Zoolander and poses perfectly. Yes, that will be my game plan for the next time....

Why am I smiling - this was torture!