Given that Lorelei cut her first teeth really early, we figured age 3+ was high time for her first trip to the pediatric dentist. It went so well that you’d think I’d brought her to an amusement park.
Her appointment was bright and early at 8:30 on Monday morning. We were a little early, so we had the waiting room to ourselves – complete with giant funhouse mirror, a cool peg-board type toy on the wall, some sturdy wooden game tables, and one of the nicest fish tanks I’ve ever seen. “Mommy, look! Why do they have toys for me to play with?” asked Lorelei.
The hygienist, Rhonda, was very sweet and reassuring, though Lorelei navigated the dentist’s office with the cool assurance of someone who’d been there many times before. She was delighted by the examination chair that moved up and down. She loved the Spiderman sunglasses she got to wear to shield her eyes from the “big sun light.” And she especially loved the (not one, not two, but three) toys she got to choose from the special basket by the door and add to her pink goody bag, along with a new toothbrush and floss.
“You are so cute,” Rhonda cooed at her. “Do you know how cute you are?”
“Yeah,” Lorelei responded, pleased yet unsurprised. Of course. So glad you noticed it, too.
“Dr. Adam” came in next – also very sweet and reassuring. (I was alarmed to realize that if I saw him on the street I would have pegged him as a cute college kid; one of those “Old Mommy” moments that sneak up on me with increasing frequency these days.)
Lorelei has already asked if we can go back to the dentist’s office “soon” so that she can show Daddy the fish tank. I’m sure they won’t mind.