At last, the day had come. As she told me on the way to the orthodontist, “I’m part excited and part nervous.” Although she’s only ten, isn’t it interesting how many of life’s situations we all face with those two emotions so closely intertwined? At least getting braces on your teeth is something I can relate to quite well.
Once we got home, the soreness set in. When lunchtime arrived, I tried to tempt her with one of her favorite cold-weather foods, chicken noodle soup. She reluctantly agreed to try it. I decided that a touch of the unconventional was called for, so instead of putting it in a bowl like usual, I got down a pretty blue flowered mug and filled it with just a bit of the hot soup.
It worked. She perked up when she saw the decorative cup, then slowly began taking sips. By the time she was done, she had consumed a whole can!
So often in my urge to move quickly through the routines of the day, I fail to take that extra time to create a more pleasurable moment. For once, I was glad I remembered.
Have you created any special moments lately?
Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet says
So sweet! I know how painful it is. I had braces and both my children are now in braces. Have her chew on a straw a lot to help get over the pain faster.
What a great tip! I'd never heard about chewing on a straw to help with the pain. Good thing I've got a stash of them in the car!
Have a wonderful day!
You're such a good mom. I've never had braces, didn't even know it caused so much pain. Poor little thing – how long does the pain last for?
Thankfully it's not painful to actually get the braces on, but your teeth are sore for several days. She took Motrin a couple of times yesterday and at breakfast this morning, but didn't need it after that. It's still a little uncomfortable for her – just getting used to all that metal in her mouth! – but the orthodontist said it should all feel better by Thursday.
Thanks for sharing your concern and empathy!
Awww, you are a good Mama! Hope the pain in your daughter's mouth/teeth goes away soon.