Monday, November 10, 2008

Tooth

Gus (my 2nd grader) finally has one loose tooth. Phew.

He says he's the only person in his class that hasn't lost a tooth yet, and he feels like a total Kindergarten baby. I guess it's kind of like if all your friends started their periods in junior high, and you're in high school and still haven't started, but I wouldn't know cuz that didn't happen to me. BUT, in high school, I did have several of my baby teeth left. Five baby teeth, in fact. I was teased and taunted about it mercilessly. Traumatic. Those five teeth never fell out, for whatever reason, and my sophomore year, my Orthodontist got impatient and pulled out four of them (and while he was at it, he went ahead and extracted all four of my wisdom teeth). That's 8 teeth. Gone in one day. Traumatic.

Now, if you have even basic math skills--and I know you do--you should be thinking: "But JennyESP had FIVE baby teeth left in high school that never fell out, and the Ortho only pulled FOUR, which means... whoa wha...?" That's right mathematicians, I still have one baby tooth left.

(It's the one I'm pointing at with my Oral-B Pulsar toothbrush)

(My teeth are blindingly white in real life, I swear. It's just that the, er, flash didn't go off and that made them look sorta off-white.)

My baby tooth doesn't look so small by itself, but if you compare it to the tooth directly across the way, you'll notice that it's half the size it should be. Sometimes, having a baby tooth makes me feel really young, like a Kindergarten baby. And sometimes, it makes me feel really old. Srsly, that tooth has been there at least 15 years longer than the others. It's like this really old tooth in my otherwise young mouth.

You also might have noticed a silver bar running across my six bottom teeth in that picture. That's a permanent retainer, and I have the same thing behind my top teeth. I should have them taken out cuz they make it nearly impossible to floss, but those retainers are symbolic of my inner nerd, and I'm kinda sentimental like that. Everyone hangs on to their old retainers, right? And one baby tooth?


33 comments:

ManicMandee said...

Wow first to comment!

ManicMandee said...

It felt good to get those comments from you today.

ManicMandee said...

So I am going to give you some comments back because you deserve it!

ManicMandee said...

I hope it makes you feel as good as it did for me. Thanks Jenny for watching my comment back.

ManicMandee said...

Wow, I can't believe I am the 5th comment!

ManicMandee said...

It's gonna be like Christmas morning when you check your post and you'll be like "Holy crap! Look at all those comments - and so soon!"

ManicMandee said...

Did you ever notice how I put a picture of you, Sara and I on my sidebar of my blog? I forgot I had that picture and found it on my computer the other day. It just had to go up. Like it?

ManicMandee said...

You look so pretty and so skinny in that picture.

ManicMandee said...

Have a great night. Love you.

Landee said...

This post comes at a bad time because I just spent ANOTHER $1500 at the dentist.

But yeah, you & your baby teeth are freaks. I wish I would have known this sooner.

My permanent retainer popped off on it's own about 4 years ago. I was sad. I now envision all my bottom front teeth collapsing in on each other.

Memzy said...

You've now decided my next post (after TIT that is) because my bottom teeth have........issues. For no other reason than I didn't get a PERM retainer. Just a temp which I never wore.

I feel like you kinda left out the details about the teeth until AFTER we saw you in Seattle. CuZ I woulda liked some baby teeef mocking to have happened. Cuz I'm actually jealous.

::crows feet::

Jenny ESP said...

Wow, thanks for the string of comments, Mandee. Christmas morning in here for sure. And I just saw that fabulous/skinny picture of me on your blog. Double thanks!!

Forgot to mention you gize, lil' sister Sara has the same exact baby tooth in her mouth, and we're not even twins.

M--no perma retainer? What kinda crackpot Ortho...

Hot Pants said...

Baby talk, baby talk, it's a wonder you can walk.

BTW ManicMandee, I noticed that picture too.........

Katie said...

I do have my old retainer stashed in a box somewhere. Ever time I find it I totally put it in my mouth too. The strange thing is, I never had braces, just a retainer. I think I have told at least 5 people you still have a baby tooth. You would be surprised how often that comes up.
Congrats Gus!! You are a real man now.

Memzy said...

Btw, when you started out this post with Gus talk and I glanced at the picture, I swore that was his mouth. You are youthful in more ways than one.

Krissy and Jason said...

I took my girlies to the dentist today so i have been thinking teeth all day!

Our dentist is a funny guy. He mumbles a lot and talks really fast and has a funny way of telling me my kids have cavities. Like today he said something about Brooklyn's back teeth and sugar bugs and so they're gonna have to have a little party on those two teeth...err, what? I wish he would just give it to me straight up like, "your kids eat way too much sugar and need to floss more and have x amount of cavities". Now that i can understand.

Krissy and Jason said...

I meant to say...now, THAT i can understand.

Amanda said...

If I had a tooth that old it would have a million cavities.

My permanent retainer popped off on one side when I was in college. I didn't know what to do so I ripped it out completely. When I got home and saw the orthodontist he kinda sorta yelled at me because my teeth had moved. I started crying. I know. Embarrassing huh? But what was he so mad about anyway? They're my teeth. And they're still crooked.

Emily said...

You Morgans have freakishly awesome teeth. I've always been jealous. I didn't even know you could get a permanent retainer. I had braces TWICE for 8 years total and because I never wore my stupid retainer my teeth look bad. Now I get to fork over thousands and thousands of dollars for my kids' bad teeth...

Markie23 said...

Speaking freakishly weird dental defects, I have a molar that came in rotated 180 degrees. The longer meat ripping fangier part is on the inside and the shorter smoother grinding part is on the outside. Several dentists have commented on it over the years as if they had never seen that before. Sorry, but I'm not sticking a camera in my mouth to show you.

Annie said...

My boys all lost there first tooth in 2nd grade. How weird is that. Blythe on the other hand was a early bloomer, Kindergarden.

quesetescapa said...

No cosmetic dental work for me tyvm. And manic is the perfect descriptor for the frequency here...

Erin Beck said...

Actualy without giving detail and with skimming yer blogg, I know what gus is experiencing, as a female that is (yes I was one of those kids)HORRIBLE!! But congrats on the loose tooth Mr. Gus! So big now and so handsome!

Cristin said...

wow...freaky. Double WOW on the # of comments. I'm jealous...

Jenny B. said...

well i dont mind that you have a baby tooth.
and im sure he feels oddly left out. poor little guy.

Katie said...

Queen of the nerds...I just stopped by to make sure you hadn't posted anything new, and yup, nothing new. Blogging just isn't the same without you, and guess what. I finally figured out how to get the necessary plug-ins so i can watch videos now. It just occurred to me, maybe you haven't posted because you are working on something truly spectacular. I CAN'T WAIT!!

Katie said...

Would you put a comment on my sister's blog? I know it is a strange request, but thanks Link-The heaton Family from my blog

Katie said...

I expect this from Sara, but not you. Do you need a topic? WHERE ARE YOU?!?!? How can I feel connected?

lovedkat said...
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lovedkat said...

my 5 year old asks me daily to check for loose teeth in her sweet little mouth. she is very excited to loose all her teeth, it sucks that we just had to get 11 of her 22 fixed last week....yes thats half. she had to be put to sleep, she thought it was so cool and is now even more excited for when he cool new silver teeth fall out. and sadly enough....i was one of "those" girls----just dont tell anyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Landee said...

Do you have any idea how far down I had to scroll on my blog list to find you?

This sux.

I hate Exodus if this is what it's doing to you. Curse you Ari Ben Canaan!

Katie said...

Turn about is fair play, but a 8 month lull from me is the same as this break from you. Since the quality of your work is far superior.
BTW- are you done reading yet?

michelle said...

YIPPEE for Gus!!! Hope he loses that tooth soon...it will definately take the pressure off the poor guy...:)

I never knew you had a perm retainer Jenny. Interesting facts on your blog.