"I'm sorry, what did you say????????????????????????"
For years brushing Cameron's teeth has been one of those jobs that we each would have preferred to not do. In fact if there is a choice I will chose the nappy over the teeth brushing.
We did all the things parents of young children do, using small soft toothbrushes to start and making teeth brushing a fun and relaxed time but it didn't take long for Cameron to decide he was no longer going to play along.
Cameron has a habit of jamming down his lips so you can not wedge a toothbrush into his mouth between his teeth and lips. It is extremely difficult to brush the teeth of someone who's lips have become concrete. He clamps his jaw shut so you can't get behind the teeth either whilst screaming, growling and moving as far away from you as possible. It really is a headache in the making and there are days when I have to admit I have given up or not even tried because we were already having a challenging day. You have to pick your battles.
Many people have asked if we have tried an electric toothbrush and we have, several times and that was even worse because he didn't like the vibrating sensation. He liked it on his hand and in fact, anywhere else on his body but try to enter his mouth and you will be told exactly what he thinks of you. We have also tried different types of toothpastes and many, many different types of toothbrushes in varying styles, colours, sizes and shapes.
This year Cameron developed a new trick to stop the tooth brushing trauma. He raises his arms above his head. I know that doesn't sound like a problem but you try brushing someones teeth with their arms above their head - you can't do it because you need your arms to be in their shoulder area.
I'm afraid Cameron and I have had some rather horrendous times in the bathroom trying to get his teeth clean. Some days we end up both screaming at each other and we have both been in tears on occasion. I've found backing him into a wall and better still a corner is the best solution because it is more difficult for him to move his head and I have a better chance of restricting my moving target. I have been bitten on more than one occasion.
Cameron and I can get very stubborn and there are days when I will not be beaten and he will have his teeth brushed no matter what it takes. His teeth always look so much better and he is happy when we are finished however I am usually exhausted. But, no matter what, we always end with a hug to make us both feel better.
So you can imagine my shock this morning when I found out he had put the toothbrush in his mouth himself and then to add to the shock he did it again for me to see. I even got the photo to prove it. He never shows me something he has done for his Dad - it's a game he likes to play on me.