Last week was a week of 2 firsts for Noah! His first dentist appointment and his first time at the movies. Both major events in life, duh!
Let’s start out in chronological order and begin with his dentist visit. I’ve read online to bring your kiddo in by his 1st birthday for his 1st appointment, and then I read other articles where to not bring them in till they are 2 or 3. So, I just decided this week was just as good as any and made an appointment to bring him in.
The visit began by sitting in a waiting room with really cute under the sea themed walls. I knew we were going to have to wait a guaranteed 20 minutes for an appointment. So, Noah found some cool toys to play with and played for a while. This lasted maybe 10 minutes. After that the video games, table games and the giant TV in the room weren’t fun to him anymore.
He started trying to hang with other kids. It’s cute to see him interact…but then he started to be a somewhat bully to random kiddos! He would walk up to the cute little pig tailed girl and go “MY Buzz…MY Woody!” while he clutched onto his dolls for dear life. What the heck Noah? Why are you acting this way? I tried to distract him from the other kids, but it was short lived.
Noah then started wandering around the small waiting area and tried opening random doors. Eek! I was constantly running behind him while he screamed/whined much louder than the whisper conversations the good boys and girls were having. So, of course Noah was the loudest child in the whole office. After his continuation of screams I really thought we were going to be asked to leave. Everyone was looking at us and of course I was “that mom” again. Oy.
THANKFULLY after 40 minutes it was our turn. “Noah?” said the hygienist as she opened the door. I was so happy to get out of that waiting area. I could feel the eyes of all the judging parental units on my back. As soon as Noah realized it was time to go he then threw himself on the floor and started whining like a lunatic. I could tell in the poor hygienists face she was thinking “greaaaaaaaaat”.
I’m not going to lie, after the way he acted in the waiting area I figured this appointment was going to be a complete waste of time and money and that Noah was going to act up the whole time resulting in us leaving before they even flossed his teeth. Much to my surprise Noah was an angel during the visit, ANGEL I tell you! It helped tremendously that the hygienist was so helpful and made Noah feel so comfortable throughout the whole process. She showed him what each instrument did and explained to him what was happening before and during the cleaning.
He didn’t squirm, scream or misbehave AT ALL. I was one proud mommy for sure! We found out that Noah has all of his baby teeth and that we are due to come back every 6 months. He received a new tooth brush and some dinosaur flossers which he thought were just the next best thing since Toy Story.
His angelic behavior was short lived because once I paid the bill…he was back to his tantrum self as I begged him to please leave the office with me. “C’mon Noah, I’ll let you press the button in the elevator!” I pleaded. He didn’t care, so I had to forcefully pick him up and walk out the office. Once we got into the elevator he thought he was so big and bad with his “perfect patient” Elmo sticker on. He then reached up to the elevator button and we went down. Once we reached the bottom floor he was then hysterical for me making him leave the elevator. “MORE, peeez Mommy, MORE!” he screamed. The cleaning lady found this hilarious. Thankfully I was able to trick him to coming with me because I had a stash of those dinosaur flossers in my purse. Score! When all else fails, bribery almost always works!