I feel as if I have officially achieved a new status in parenting. That of a mother of a child with braces!!! (Not to mention I am now an extra POOR mother now too....Yikes!!!) Yesterday was Kenny's big day!!!
Hard to believe that- at the age of 9- his mouth was ready for braces. But, he has had teeth falling out of his head and big ones trying to come in for years. His mouth is a good two years ahead of schedule- and very crowded!
Before they were put in, he was SO excited- he was counting down the days and just couldn't wait. I didn't want to kill his enthusiasm but also tried to gently warn him that it wouldn't be all fun- that he may be sore in the beginning and he would have to be careful to care for them correctly, but I think he was too excited to listen.
Right after they were put on, he said he wasn't sore- though he did have trouble eating lunch just because of the awkwardness of it. At dinner time, he took a bite of food and said his teeth hurt really bad. I gave him some medication and he tried to eat more but just barely could. His eyes filled with tears and he said, "I wish I never got braces!!!" Poor guy- my heart broke for him. I did promise him though that it wouldn't hurt forever. He wore his night gear for the first time as well last night and kept it on all night- though he is very sore today. I have been giving him medicine and feeding him soft things. Breakfast was oatmeal, a smoothie for lunch and Taco soup for dinner.
I'm just hopeful that we can get his paid off before any of the other kids need them!!
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