First and foremost, my mom is here, which is always so great, especially for Lexi because she gets to have more family around. With my niece still here as well, she is enjoying all the attention and makes sure that everyone eats together, plays together, goes biking together.
We had our first trip to the dentist! I’ve wanted to take her there since her first tooth, but every time I’d call someone, they would tell me there is no need to do it unless there is a problem. Hm… I knew it to be wrong but i couldn’t find anyone who’d be progressive enough to take her early. On my last cleaning appointment, I asked my own dentist for his opinion and he referred me to a pediatric dentist whose website specifically says that the first visit should be after the baby‘s first tooth breaks. This alone sold me.
Andrew and I were both sort of dreading it. It’s hard to restrain a toddler as it is, but trying restrain Lexi who has hated being restrained since she was just few days old refusing any sort of container for longer than a few minutes….
She was perfectly fine in the office and walking around the exam room, sitting in the dentist chair. She has this e-book on the iPhone that she’s always loved, called Little Critter: Going to the Dentist, so she was somewhat familiar with the concept. Once the dentist examined her teeth from the front (which was no problem), she had me put her head in her lap while sitting in my lap facing me, so that she could use her mirror to look at her teeth thoroughly. At first, Alexis didn’t even cry – the dentist was counting her teeth out loud and that was interesting enough to her. It was starting to take a bit too long and Lexi wanted to get up, at which point we had to keep her down, which, of course, upset her. Tears were very short lived, as she was done within a few seconds. So, to our surprise, this was a very “painless” experience and we use the tooth counting technique to brush her teeth now, as she resists it so much, so that is the only thing that actually keeps her attention once in a while at this point.
3. KONFIDENCE SWIMSUIT
At the ABC expo I discovered another brand that I loved represented by one of my favorite people I work with. Konfidence Swim is a UK based company that makes float suits, rashguards, warm suits for swimming, swim changing mats. I’ve been using flotation devices with Lexi but none that she was completely happy with. I got sent home with a float suit and a swim diaper which we have been using since and I have to say that it’s definitely the best option for those looking for some swimming help while letting their babies be independent. This is the first suit/float that Lexi does not complain about wearing since it has a very low profile. The swim diaper is superior to others, too. Very adjustable with both velcores and snaps, which means you can allow for a custom fit from 3 months to 3 years. So I know where I’ll be getting her floatsuits and swim diapers from now on.
Anyways, this is what all of our pool days look like – that grin on her face! And you should have seen what she looked like when she first realized that she could swim on her own without a floaty. 🙂 The swimsuit keeps her above the water as long as she works her arms and legs. As she gets more confident, we will remove some of the floaties to allow her more freedom to balance herself in the water and stay afloat.
Just a cute photo of Lexi playing with her Look and Find book…