Tuesday, April 24, 2012

In Which Connor Has A School Meeting And The Tooth Fairy Has It Easy Around Here

We got off to school about an hour early this morning because Connor and I had an evaluation for services meeting to attend in preparation for him transitioning to full day school next year.  All of his services have to be changed, of course, because he'll be in school for six hours a day instead of two and a half, and he'll be going five days a week instead of four.  We'll have an IEP meeting some time in the next month to make sure everything will be in place for next year. 

In the meantime I plan to be in total denial that my son is going to be in first grade next year, because there is absolutely no way that he's that big, and also because his school program is so fantastic right now and I'd love for him to be in it forever.  Of course I'm sure whatever program we end up in will be fantastic too because Connor's school district is amazing, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to stick my fingers in my ears and yell "La la la la la" every time the subject comes up until next September.

Tomorrow he has a dentist appointment, which should be interesting.  He's got four loose teeth right now, and two of them have been loose since late December of last year and show no indication of falling out any time soon.  So we'll see if they end up wanting to pull those, or if they'll just let nature take its apparently extremely slow and winding course.  Since the little guy doesn't chew, it makes sense that they'd be holding on-- they don't get near the amount of wiggling that they would if he was biting things with them.

Of course he's losing his teeth all out of order, but that's to be expected with this kid, especially as his primary teeth came in all out of order too (and way, way early).  The ones we're really waiting to see are his two upper central incisors (his two top front teeth) because those are the primary teeth that have major enamel issues.  Basically the enamel didn't form on them properly before he was born, either due to his genetic condition or because his kidney shut down while they were forming, and as a result not only are they a lovely pumpkin orange color but they also have an interesting shape to them-- kind of like a cookie with a bite taken out of it. 

Since the permanent teeth form at a different time from the primary teeth, we're hoping that the permanent versions of those teeth will have a stronger coating of enamel and he won't need to have them painted with fluoride every six months for the rest of his life.  We probably won't be finding out any time soon though, because those teeth have only been loose since February so it'll probably be another six months before they fall out.

I'll let you all know how things go!


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