Princess Bink has heard one refrain too many times. Over and over people have looked at the gap between her top teeth and said, "I bet all you want for Christmas is your two front teeth." Often times they've even broken into song with those words. Our precious little Bink has had to be patient with this routine for a long time.
|Princess Bink with a brand new tooth|
When Dr. Hemmingsen met with us after the surgery, he told us that she was so developmentally delayed that he didn't think she'd get her top teeth until she was eight. Princess Bink is developmentally delayed because of the alcohol her birthmother drank while she was in utero. She is also delayed because of the severe neglect she suffered while a baby and toddler. The choices her birthmother made have affected even her teeth.
Dr. Hemmingsen was spot on about the timing of the arrival of Princess Bink's front teeth. Finally, this weekend, just a few days before she turns nine, she came running down the hall after brushing her teeth one evening, hollering, "My tooth is in! My tooth is in!"
We all love our Princess Bink exceedingly and had been waiting with her for months for the beginning signs that change was taking place which would turn into tooth eruption. We came running and dancing and skipping down to meet her, each one of us eager to see the tiny white buds of a tooth pushing their way through her pink gums. Sure enough, the six year wait is over. She can now have front teeth like her eight-year-old peers.
Most people probably wouldn't include a photo like this one to the left in their family blog, but this tooth is a REALLY big deal to our whole family! Watching your baby wait for six years and listening to countless well-meaning folks ask her who knocked her teeth out or how long will it be until they begin to come in is enough to cause extreme rejoicing when the event occurs!
So please rejoice with us as we say thank you to God for the front tooth that has emerged in the mouth of a former orphan who has waited for nearly six years.