Well, Juan Carlos finally lost his first tooth (albeit at the hands of our dentist) earlier this week.
Have I ever mentioned the kids' dentist before? She is about the coolest pediatric dentist I've ever met (granted, I haven't met many, but there can't be many cooler than her).
From a mom's perspective, she takes time each visit to review proper brushing technique; if they're not brushing properly, she'll have them come back once a week until she sees improvement (pain in the butt for me, but ultimately worth it); she doesn't charge me for little things like putting fluoride on a couple of teeth, she lets me have her cell phone number, she doesn't freak out when I show up with all four kids in tow, and she always fits my kids into her schedule.
From a kid's point of view, she lets them poke around her office, examine the "prize drawer" before they're done, make the dental chair go up and down and up and down and up and down, spray the windows with the little water sprayer dealy-o (only if they're willing to then clean them off with a paper towel. They always are.), and watch when their siblings who are having their teeth pulled:
I normally don't have pictures of my big kids on my blog, but Juan Carlos's face is so contorted here that it really looks nothing like him:
The Tooth Fairy visited while Guapo was out of town; she left Juan Carlos the equivalent of $6 USD because (I think), a) it was his first tooth and, b) it was a bit of a traumatic experience (see his face in the above photo). Gaupo claimed, had he been home, the Tooth Fairy never would have left that much money because he only got a quarter per tooth when he was a kid. Lucky for Juan Carlos he was traveling!
And, the best news of all, he still ran up to me when I arrived at school today and gave me a big bear hug and kiss, so maybe he'll be my baby a little while longer...