Our children had a couple of milestones over the past 10 days:
Madelyn got her first cold (not bad for being over 6 months old.) Elisha had a cough and cold over a month ago, which he gave to me. I, in turn, infected Jim and (most likely) Madelyn. Although it is pitiful to hear a baby cough and cry and sniffle, I actually waited a couple of weeks to take her to the doctor, thinking that a cold just had to run its course. (Let me just say that with our first child, I would have called the doctor after three days, So I was quite proud of my levelheadedness and resolve.) Finally, I made an appointment last Thursday...she is now on an antibiotic for a secondary infection (sinus, most likely).
Elisha's news is a bit more positive: Sometime near the beginning of last week, Jim noticed that one of Elisha's bottom front teeth was loose. Being the good (and somewhat obsessive) mother that I am, I looked online to see if this was "normal." Most of the information I could gather listed 5 or 6 as the age when children lost their first tooth, maybe as early as 4. So, it was on to bother (I mean ask) our dentist and pediatrician. Both were not concerned, so I tried not to be either. Still, it was a bit disconcerting when we woke up the very next morning to find our 3 1/2 year old with one less tooth than he had the night before. Fortunately, we located the tooth in his bed and saved it in a special box that our good friend Jenn had purchased for Elisha at the missions tent the night before.
Elisha's "treasure box" as he likes to call it - thanks, Jenn!
The tooth: so little!
This is not an amazing picture, but it was fairly difficult to get a
clear shot of his mouth where his lips didn't cover his bottom teeth.
See what I mean? Here is a great picture,
but it doesn't show the missing tooth.
What a cute boy, though!