Doing the VIRTUAL BABY SHOWER for Erin of House of Turquoise has been one of those gifts that has become so much bigger than I could have imagined. I sat in my car yesterday…. at middle school pick up line, wiping my eyes as I read, comment after comment….what people wrote, what they GAVE so generously of their Hearts.
If I did a word search…the most often used phrase was “It goes fast” followed by…
“Don’t sweat the small stuff!”…
I KNOW ERIN AND CHRIS WILL BE SO TOUCHED. THANK YOU.
I could not agree more…it does go fast, and mine are still growing, changing and morphing before my aging eyes into captivating young adults..and frankly….it is Freaking me out!!! I look at the baby pictures and photos of the “little kids” who used to live in my house and I have to remind myself that the current residents are the same children!!! Truthfully…and what is so wonderful about kids, is that they are always bringing a NEW person to the table…bigger, wiser, funnier, smarter..oh my gosh they are so smart (please do not tell them, but they are all probably smarter that me!)
I have age on my side…always will. Thank Goodness.
So it goes without saying that as a parent…I would do almost anything for my kids.
But who knew that the Biggest things ($$-wise) I would EVER give them, would not be under the Christmas tree, nor a Birthday gift and in fact….eventually would actually be taken from them…
…and yet would cost me MORE than I spent on my Master bathroom renovation…
You Guessed it…BRACES!!!
Tate has had his and gotten them off and has a Hollywood Smile….
Cooper, my baby, goes in the day before his 13th Birthday to get fitted and have the railroad track installed…
….and my little girl, who had the crookedest teeth , oh my, they crossed over and bucked out a-la Laura Ingalls…and before she could even GET the braces….had to have 4 permanent teeth pulled…cha-ching!! cha-ching!!..
She finally got hers off last week on the first day of school!!!
…..so coming from a Mom who is 2/3 of the way done with the Braces portion of this program….Here are my 5 Bits of ADVICE for ORTHODONTIST SHOPPING.
1. ASK AROUND – WORD OF MOUTH IS INVALUABLE – KIDS ESPECIALLY know which Orhtodontist’s NICE AND WHO are not so NICE — and NICE goes a long way….towards compliance!
2. VISIT AT LEAST 2 , PREFERABLY 3. I loved the 1st Orthodontist we visited, she was bright and engaging with a practice that specialized in Children. She was ready to start the next week. I was sold! it was after I visited Orthodontist #2…. with his laid back relaxed familiar way, NON aggressive about the time frame (“we can do this now or in 5 years..the results will be the same”) , it was not until I met this wonderful man that I realized what I needed and that was “mellow”. The 3rd guy just confirmed the 2nd guy ….
3. HOURS – . Make sure they have school friendly hours. I see the Orthodontist more than I do my Friends!!! Things break and pieces get lost and often you have to MAKE a last-minute appointment and it is a Pain in the you know what if they do not have hours which work around kids and school.
4. FRIENDLY STAFF – You will deal with the support staff more than you will the Orthodontist, making appointments, changing appointments, and your child will spend a great deal of time with the staff who make adjustments, change wires, etc. Trust your instincts.
5 . PRICE – We found the price to be roughly the same everywhere…around a whopping $5000!!!! It is insane, but there are payment programs (we will be paying monthly for a few more years) and some discounts were available if you pay everything up front…
….anyway…There is something heart wrenching and endearing to me about Middle School Metal mouth…it symbolizes so much more to me now than straight teeth…braces are the bridge between Little kids and BIG kids and it is often , not until they are removed that you realize…that right under your nose…a butterfly had emerged!!!