Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Her Long Wait Over

Mrs. Beaver:

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 we adopted Princess Bink from Bryansk, Russia six years ago this month, she had just turned three years old, and she had a mouth full of rotted teeth. The dentist suspected she had so much damage from being left repeatedly in her crib with a juice bottle. In fact, so many of her teeth needed attention that the pediatric dentist said he would have to do the work under general anesthesia. We had the surgery done within just two months of her adoption because she was battling infection. The oral surgery took an hour and a half and left her with just 11 teeth. She'd lost the front two on the bottom and on the top, all four.

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.

13 comments:

S'mores said...

Yah!!! Congratulations Princess Bink! That is a beautiful tooth! :)

~Eric

WhiteStone said...

My daughter was petite as is Princess Bink. She was late in losing her baby teeth and late in acquiring the new teeth.
At the time I heard an old wives' tale that said children slow in getting teeth are generally long-lived!

Co-heir With Christ said...

Praise God Princess Bink!!!

Scott said...

Yeah!!!! Yahooooo. Rejoicing with you how wonderful after the long wait.

Tony and Dawn said...

We had similar issues with two of our children (8 & 7) from Russia. This will be their third year home. Due to the good nutrition they are now getting, the new teeth are just popping out like crazy.

Jamie and Marcos said...

We are so excited for you!!!!!!! Happy Birthday Tooth!

MacMeister said...

Wow! You'll have two beautiful rows of pearly whites in no time! That is so exciting :-)

SoulsforChrist7 said...

Yahhh!!! Please tell her that I am so excited for her.

Amber

Samuel said...

YAY!!!!!! Praise the Lord!!!! :) I share your happiness Princess Bink!!

~Sam

S'mores said...

Congratulations Princess Bink! I am so happy for you! I LOVE YOU PRINCESS BINK!

Julia (a.k.a. goosey)

Natalie said...

Hooray for teeth!!!! Congrats Princess Bink :)

Jane said...

We're rejoicing with you Princess Bink. We're afraid we are guilty of joking about your two front teeth. You have been very brave and gracious about all this. You're so special. Love Grandma and Aunt Jean

rob said...

HEY THAT'S AWESOME! :D Congrats to Princess Bink!!! :D Although she's cute enough with or without those front teeth. :P