Today Lola brushed my teeth. I thought it was remarkable.
A few days ago I started brushing her two little chompers with a silicone tooth scrubber you slide on to the end of your finger. Although she has had those two teeth for three months now I never felt the desperate need to brush them because she still doesn't eat anything that doesn't come out of my breast. But I figure part of the reason she doesn't eat is because she isn't conditioned to having anything else in her mouth... Like her mouth is sensitive. She never puts anything in her mouth. She doesn't gum her toys, eat paper, chew on her fingers. Besides my breast the only thing she seems to put in there is her bottom lip. Sucking on it perpetually, like a living and breathing cabbage patch doll. So I decided that perhaps I should try brushing those little pearly whites and see how she reacted. It wasn't easy getting that brush in there but when I did she giggled and squirmed. I have repeated the process a few times over the last couple of days and let her play with the brush when she wants. Today she sat on my lap while I tapped away on my keyboard ...suddenly this little silicone cloaked finger was waving away on my lips. It took me a few moments to register that what she was doing was trying to brush my teeth. I opened my mouth and let her get in at them. I shook my head back and forth so her finger would run over my front teeth in a brushing motion and the laughter bubbled up and spilled out.
We looked at each other with a little bit of mutual surprise and pride. She's figuring it out... She has a part to play in this relationship that isn't based completely on dependence. Today was a red letter day. One day soon she will learn that she can propel herself without aid and won't need me to get her where she needs to go... but until then this little gesture seemed like a big assertion into that world.
On Saturday we celebrated the spring equinox and Lola's 9 months on the outside. I took a few photos to mark the occasion and began to write a tribute to this milestone. I will post that in the next few days with photos. I wanted to leave you with a photo of that toothy grin but in most of the photos she had that bottom lip sucked in over her little chicklets. So here you go... this is what 9 months looks like over here.