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The Princess gets braces on her upper teeth tomorrow. We’re both a little anxious. I never had braces growing up. No one in my family had braces. Not many of my friends had braces. This is a new process for us. Saturday, she was talking about all the foods she won’t be able to eat for the 18-24 months she will have the braces on. In what I would consider a brilliant mother moment, I decided she should have a “Before Braces” party. After the dance competition ended Sunday afternoon, we went to the store and bought the favorites she won’t be able to eat starting tomorrow. Our cart held marshmallows, Skittles, Starbursts. Sour Patch, and a candy bar with caramel in the middle. She’s generously shared with her brothers, as well as her ASB class at school. They’ve plowed through nearly all of it in two days.
She’s anxious. She’s happy it’s finally happening. She’s worried about the potential pain. She wants to know exactly what’s going to happen and when. She wants it done. She’s concerned some people will make fun of her. She isn’t sure how she’s going to look. I told her it’s a new normal for her. She said, “It’s a new weird. Normal is boring.” Have I mentioned I love this girl?
She’s a pretty girl. She will still be a pretty girl even with braces. But it’s kind of a humbling process for her. I think we’re both a little thrown, unsure what this is going to be like. It’s not as if no one in the world has never had braces before. This isn’t something extraordinary. Kids get braces every day. But it’s new to us.
Please keep my girlie in your thoughts tomorrow. And if you’ve been through braces with your child, or yourself, any advice you could share would be much appreciated.