Yes, there are dental clinics here, but we wanted to go somewhere were the Dr. who sees Stella is familiar with possible differences that there might be when it comes to a child rockin extra genetic material.
Twas a VERY long trip for a 15 minute check up.....but to me it is always worth it.
Her teeth are good. No cavities, Yay! She has gotten all but one of her teeth and the dentist seems to think she may or may not get it. Seems that kids with DS sometimes don't get all of their teeth. No biggie though. Her teeth are VERY crowded so there is a concern for her getting cavities between them so we are going to attempt to try and......FLOSS HER TEETH. Now, I am really not holding my breath on this going all that well as sometimes just brushing her teeth can be a bit of a chore. Olivia and Sophie are JUST as challenging to get to floss! But we shall give it a go.
She has an occlusion (which means that her top and bottom front teeth don't touch), which again is common in kids with DS. That and the fact she sucks on a pacifier still. Soooooooo I guess at some point we will have to take away the suckie. So for anyone who thought that a pacifier is better then a thumb (like I did), you are in fact WRONG. Apparently sucking on a pacifier for the first year of life is ok (and it cuts down on the risk of SIDS too), but after the first year, well, then it is best that a child stop using a pacifier.
Yeah, I REALLY wish I knew that. Stella is very much addicted to her pacifier. Sigh. Well tonight and probably tomorrow I will not be worrying about that. Flossing, yes, flossing I will focus on first.
Now on to the highlight of MY day today.
Mickey, Stella and I had the privilege of meeting a fellow mom who is in the T21 club. Not only that, she is a fellow blogger.
Her name is Karyn and her blog is Our Epic Story http://karynslater.wordpress.com . We met through blogging (we read each other's blogs). I emailed her letting her know that I'd love to meet her and she agreed to meet up with us after Stella's dentist appointment.
Her oldest little boy, Jake, is rockin 47 chromosomes and let me tell you, he is just a cutie. Jake has a younger brother. His name is Cole and he is a lil fire cracker!
It was so nice to sit and chat with another mom travelling along a similar road as me. Plus it was so cute to see Jake and Stella toddling around. They were doing your typical toddler stuff. Toddling.. observing one another, sort of interacting, and then just plain ol ignoring one another.
Here are a few pics...
|Jake was just so cute! He was so observant and would just stare at Stella while she did her crazy head shaking dance. Lol|
|In order for us to get a picture of them together, Mickey had to step in and hold them.|
|Jake's lil bro Cole. Another blue eyed cutie pie!|
|All that walking around, licking things, and playing tuckered this lil girl out!|