By K.J. Cardinal
Like clockwork, every night around 9 p.m. Angie and I have a personal hygiene routine that we put Anna through.
It begins by Dad changing Anna's diaper and getting her undressed for her "tubby", while Mom draws the water for the bath and lays out all the necessary equipment (wash cloths, towel, pajamas, etc.).
We then give Anna a bath, which she definitely enjoys as long as she doesn't kick and splash around so much that she gets water in her eyes or up her nose. Water up the nose is catastrophic...as we experienced last night.
After the bathing ritual, we then dry her off, get her changed into her PJ's and brush her hair...which seems rather meaningless since it just stands straight up on her head no matter what we do. But, her absolute favorite part of the whole routine has to be when we "brush" her teeth.
I know what you're thinking and no, Anna doesn't have any teeth yet [insert toothless Farmington joke here], but there is this so-called tooth brush (see below) that I guess you're supposed to use on babies to get them accustomed to the odd feeling that a tooth brush introduces.
Anyway, Anna absolutely loves this thing. She chews and sucks on the blue end of the toothbrush while I slowly twist it in her mouth. During this whole process she's smiling from ear to ear and making some rather interesting noises. It's apparent that it's her favorite part of her nightly ritual and ours too.
Note: I'll try to get some video footage of this in the near future so you can see for yourselves. Stay tuned.