Don’t those pudgy little hands make you want to reach out and give him a bitty squeeze? So cute! He’s obsessed with tools right now — especially (of course) hammers; much to the detriment of his older brothers’ heads. Still, I can’t help but grin when I hear him ask for his “too.” Toddlers are so cool.
I want to take another minute to thank you all for your sympathy, empathy, and advice over the dentist issue. I found another dentist who is willing to give it a try & allows parents in the room. To clear things up, I’ll explain first that this isn’t something we can wait out; Aiden has a cavity that needs attending — he cannot eat on it & it hurts when the toothbrush touches it. For the local moms — I originally went to Hale & Hale. They were wonderful, but very set on not doing anything that might possibly upset him. If you know me, you probably know how non-interventionist I am & how highly I place my childrens’ emotional well-being. To me, this almost came off as they just plain didn’t want to do the procedure (sealing the tooth, which they said involved drying the tooth & placing cotton balls around it, then putting on the sealant, all painless if I’m understanding correctly) because they were sure he wouldn’t be comfortable with it. I thought I was close to talking him into it, but they weren’t really keen on me trying & certainly didn’t try to help me. I understand that they want to keep all memories/experiences at their office happy, but it strikes me a bit as refusing to discipline a child, then sending him off to your crazy family member who thinks a paddle with holes drilled in it is the only way to teach him. An exaggeration, I’m sure, but still.
So he’s going to another local dentist (recommended by a friend who has a similarly aged child), and we’ll see how it goes. I appreciate the comments about the Pediatric Dentists, but those are the ones who don’t allow parents (at least the few I spoke with), and that isn’t going to happen (with or without the papoose). At four years old, the only reason a child is going to be easier to deal with without parents is because he’s too afraid of what will happen if he doesn’t comply with the stranger’s every demand. Anyhow, I’ll give you an update in a week or so after his appt. And to prove there are no hard feelings about Hale & Hale (which has rave reviews everywhere), I’m going there myself on Monday to finally get my own teeth taken care of. Okay…dead horse has been beaten enough.
On to the knitting! I finally got some pics of my scarf set, although I’m not all that pleased with most of them (the pics — I’m enjoying the FOs daily).
Hat. Too deep, but that’s handy when my hair is in a ponytail or bun — it still keeps my ears warm.
Scarf — Sorry about the crummy photo…the scarf ended up 6ish feet plus tassels. It wraps twice around my neck easily — very warm.
Fingerless Mitts. The first time I wore these, I realized something serious. It’s too cold to wear mittens that don’t cover my entire hand right now! Still, they’re nice & cozy — and definitely better than no mittens at all! I re-knit the first one at least 3 times and could not, for the life of me, decide on the cable pattern. So I finally just started on the left one. I tried my new cable & was pretty happy with it, so I kept it. I didn’t like it enough to re-knit the original mitt, though. Lazy me!
I’m so excited — I only have to knit the toe on these, and then I’ll be finished! These came out great — my only complaint is that they deserved a longer leg. I think I’ll knit these again.
I’ll have another pic for you this week, but for now it will remain a secret… 😉
Enjoy a few more cute kid pics, and maybe take a look at the CPSC clarification of that new lead testing law. It’s a bit better, but it still totally screws all the small businesses who sell kids stuff — my Etsy days are over if it doesn’t change, that’s for sure.