Big Helper

Ever Tried Brushing the Teeth of a Lion?

Posted on

Take your best shot!

Brushing Maddie’s teeth started off in style several months ago. She was always happy to get her teeth brushed. After bath time every night, the brush would come out and she would start giggling with anticipation.


At one point, Maddie was holding the brush and making a quick pass or two at her own teeth. All was well in the land of tooth brushing until something changed.


Somehow, the beloved toothbrush became public enemy number one. Where once Maddie considered tooth brushing a highlight, it has now become a federal offense. Now either Mom or Dad struggles every night for the honor of trying to brush those pearly whites.


There’s no screaming involved, Maddie just wants to grab the toothbrush and spike it into the sink or the toilet. She has decided that there is no need to brush her teeth and she will not stand for it.


Maddie also has no interest in opening her mouth. This makes the whole thing kind of funny because each pass with the brush ends up on her lips or on her tongue. Hopefully this is just a stage or our baby is going to have a mouthful of cavities some day!

Maddie Yearns to Help Fix the Air Conditioner

Posted on Updated on

Have you checked the freon levels??

After two miserable days with a less-than-satisfactory performance from our air conditioning unit, Maddie was at her wits end. So when the repair people came calling this morning, the baby was hot to trot to help them out. Where ever they roamed, Maddie was not far behind.

She just had to see what they were doing. Every time I scooped her up, she acted out until I put her down so she could lend them a helping a hand. As they made their way into to a/c unit, Maddie was hot on their heels.

Since I had work to do in the kitchen, I erected a Berlin Wall like structure to keep the inmate in her asylum. Of course being on the wrong side of the fence was no big deal for Maddie, as long as she could closely monitor the activities beyond the wall.

She watched every move and assured me that the next time the air conditioning goes on the fritz, she will be more than happy to take care of business for me. Maddie also made it clear that if the temperature in her room surpasses the 75-degree mark this evening, there will be true H-E double toothpicks to pay. She’s been patient so far, but even Maddie has her limits.