We didn't eat before church so came home to have a snack/supper before bed. While she was eating I noticed blood running down her chin. A quick check showed me that there was a loose tooth. Another new phrase, "Eat on this side, ouch. Eat on this side, no ouch." Very useful thing to figure out.
By mid-morning Thursday, I had had enough of drooling blood and complaining, so I explained, "Bye-bye tooth, no ouch." Hey, with our current vocabulary, this is pretty awesome communication.
She agreed and I pulled the tooth. We put it in a red envelope to save til bedtime.
|Biting on a piece of gauze until the bleeding stopped.|
"Bye-bye tooth, hello money!"
|Guarding that envelope with the money that belongs only to Claire.|
Since this was Friday morning and the social worker was coming for our first post-placement visit, we made plans to go to the store to buy something with that money as soon as the "lady" went home.
To fill in the time, we baked some cookies. Claire loved squeezing the dough out onto the pan, although she thinks that squeezing is "too heavy" because it taxes her hand strength. It was fun to make cookies together, and to share them with Ms. Lydia later.
|The mixer is "too noisy."|
|Mixing is hard work. "Help you please."|
|As "heavy" as that dough was, Claire wanted to squeeze out every single cookie. It was quite a workout, but she didn't give up!|
|Our family shot for the post placement report. Taken just 2 weeks after getting home.|
Claire picked up that lesson quickly, too. She ordered her cherry sundae and handed over her newly acquired money. As we walked to the table to sit down and wait for Daddy to bring our ice cream over she summed it up well, "Bye-bye tooth, hello money, bye-bye money, all gone."
At least she still had the ice cream to enjoy. Some lessons can be learned sweetly.