January 07, 2009
Poor Argy dented his beautiful smile yesterday.
As one might suspect, three-year-old teeth are no match for a vitreous china basin. A piece of a front tooth was sheared clean off in a fleeting bathroom mishap. Actually, when I say clean, that is not strictly true. We both recoiled in horror at the growing sanguineous mess - Argy asking thickly through a cut lip .... mum, what's all that red stuff?
I guess Argy's lack of familiarity with the red stuff, means that we have been remarkably lucky: no bloody accidents to date. Casting my mind back, there has been one quite bloodless accident involving a dislocated elbow and nothing more than the occasional scrapped knee. I know this run of luck can't last forever though. The sticking plasters and antiseptic remain firmly in the forefront of the first aid kit.
But back to the dented smile. We decided it best to get Argy's mouth checked. Luckily Maisy, Charley and the Wobbly Tooth, has been a high rotation storybook here at Chez Hoppo Bumpo. Armed with a detailed knowledge about the dentist's office, Argy duly sat in the large chair and made big ahhhh noises while the dentist poked gently about in his mouth. And I don't even think the dentist minded too much being referred to as Dr Biteright. (Personally I would be more inclined to call him Dr ScareThePantsOffYou with his remote-worst-case-scenario talk of nerve damage and pediatric root canal work.)
So nothing more to do for the time being other than wait and see how the tooth fares. In the meantime, Argy and I recovered with a little craft project.
If you are looking for the mother of all messy projects to try with a 3 year-old, do try plaster.
We used a fun product called Sculpture Wrap Plaster Cloth. The blurb on the packaging promises it to be quick drying. Indeed it was. It dried quickly on the floor, on our clothes, on several door handles and in my hair. I do believe a little bit of it might have even dried quite quickly as I was doing the washing-up in the kitchen sink (but please don't remind Mr HB of this the next time we have an inexplicable drain blockage).
So we made a tunnel and dried it according to instructions in the oven for 15 minutes. Its all ready for a light sand and some nice acrylic paint. According to Argy, its going to be red. Clearly the colour of the day.
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