Pulling teeth, my nerves, and the Dane.

by mssinglemama on July 24, 2008

Benjamin will probably lose his second front tooth tomorrow.

I’ll have to watch them strap him down, gas him and then pull. All of this after they stick a needle into his gums. And I’ll have to do it alone…again. The first time they replaced his cracked tooth with a cap, the second time they pulled it all out. This time they’ll be pulling out the second front tooth that has been rotten for months now.

His little feet are the only things sticking out of the body wrap, which is put on after they strap his wrists. So I kiss his little toes while he screams and I try to stand up so he can see my face.

The nurses have to remind me not to look so scared. But I can’t help it. He’s screaming his brains out – scared as hell. He uses all of his muscles to try to break free from the straps. Horrible. Could be worse. I should not be complaining. It’s just that baby pain = mama pain.

Another thing on my mind…

I’m incredibly nervous about leaving for Denmark. Not for the trip itself – Thomas will be quite the host – I’m nervous about leaving Benjamin. His grandmother wants to plan her own vacation and isn’t sure if she’ll be around. Which means his father, who has never had Benjamin for more than 36 hours, may have him for seven days straight.

If he does, I may not be able to completely relax. Which means I may not be able to completely enjoy the Dane. Benjamin stress aside, I’m starting to get excited … the trip is only four weeks away now. I try not to think about Thomas (he lives so far away, it’s just pointless to me to miss someone that badly). But every time he e-mails me I smiles or laugh – and my heart usually goes all aflutter.

We don’t even talk on the phone and we only exchange e-mails intermittently but I still feel connected to him. He’s planning out our trip and it’s the most adorable thing ever… we are going to see castles, old churches, his friends, beaches, the countryside and we may even squeeze in northern Germany.

Maybe I could fit Benjamin into a carry on? Or maybe he’ll pass as a baby and he can ride for free? Maybe if I show the flight attendants his missing teeth they’ll let him on out of pity. Nope. He’d need a passport. Besides if I bring him with me – there’s a chance – I wouldn’t come home.

Chocolate. Cheese. Men. Castles. What else could a single mama ask for?

UPDATE: The x-rays show the tooth hasn’t changed. Still dead but no obvious signs of infection. So it stays and I will just have to watch him closely over the next few days to see if it is hurting him… it may have been that he bumped the tooth at day care – hence the soreness. And Benjamin was SUCH a big boy, got his x-ray all by himself and everything. I’m a very proud mama.

Related posts:

  1. The Great Dane
  2. My toothless child.
  3. Baggage check: I won’t let myself fall in love.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

pisceshanna July 24, 2008 at 12:44 pm

He can come to Colorado and hang out with me and LB! :)


ModernSingleMomma July 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm

I’m feeling that same mix of excitement and trepidation!
Only way around it is travel to Europe together and squeeze them both in our carry-on bags and then you watch L while I’m with my Man from Mosely and I’ll watch B when you are with The Dane!


Christopher February 3, 2015 at 5:44 am

Dear Heather: I was thrilled for you when I read my new Elle Decor. Felicitations!!!! I sihtcwed my living room and my dining room after watching It’s Complicated!, my smartest decorating freebie to date!, I read your blog every day and have done so for almost 3 years!, thank you.


T July 24, 2008 at 5:37 pm

I’m sayin’!

My little one has to get all four of her molars capped. I can’t stand it. They have to knock her out too. Thankfully the ex has said he would come along too. To hold MY hand. Ugh.

I’m sorry about Benjamin’s dad. Maybe since you’ve been nice to his girlfriend, she will step up and take care of Benjamin while you’re gone??

I can’t wait to hear all about this trip! It sounds heavenly and romantic!


Alexis July 24, 2008 at 9:59 pm

OMG…I kinda think I would die knowing my ex’s girlfriend would be taking care of my M while I was away. But then again, hey it may be something I have to deal with. I totally agree with your fears about that…I’m leaving my M with his dada for the weekend while I take a mini-vacation- and that drives me nuts. I can’t imagine 7 days. However, if I had the opportunity to go on a romantic adventure like you are- I would go in a heartbeat!!! Europe replenishes the soul…really traveling in general. If you trust your son with your ex for 36 hrs., then you can trust him for longer. You deserve and need to live your life and be free just as he is, and in the end the two of you are both his parents- he can do it…you will have the time of your life and come back a WAY hotter and sexier single mama!!!!!! (and who knows maybe not so single)


Abeer February 4, 2015 at 5:31 am

Hi Wendy, The large printable are also from Chickabug. I think you can print them at Kinko’s. The finshig net came from Oriental Trading Company.Happy Birthday to your son and have so much fun!!! Susan


Leave a Comment