On Tuesday, Violet got her phase 2 braces on. She's still not chewing and biting into foods completely. I think she is growing quite tired of mashed potatoes, Jell-O and pudding. She's started with pasta and some other softer things now too. But there were a couple of days with lots of Advil and lots of non-chewing needed foods! The estimate is that they will be on 12-18 months. She's determined to make it closer to 12 months, so she is doing everything in her power to do so. No chewy candy, no popcorn, no soda (it leaves white spots on the teeth per the orthodontist). Brushing and flossing all the time. The orthodontist said that most phase two-ers like to just get it done and put up with a little more pain. Violet says she agrees. On and off. That's her hope.
Since she isn't drinking soda, I figured it was the perfect time for me to cut back too. Really there's no nutritional value in the stuff, so why drink it? And maybe I can drop those extra few pounds I'd like to take off.
Next week Bubbles gets her stitches out. My mom had a crown fall off and had to have an emergency dental visit. A family friend fell and broke his wrist during the exercise class he was taking with my dad, my dad insisted he "get in the truck, I'm taking you to the emergency room." So between all that, we've been surrounded by pain. "My surgical scar hurts." "My teeth hurt." "My wrist hurts." "My broken tooth hurts." Put this one down in the records as another difficult winter.
Currently Violet is in art class. When I pick her up we're going out to lunch, then to a Girl Scout exhibit in a historical museum a few towns over. We haven't been to this one yet. We've been enjoying all the 100th anniversary exhibits we've gone too. I'm not looking forward to driving there. It is in a downtown of a fairly big city. I hope the parking is easy to find. I stress more about where to park than anything else.
I finished reading The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. I really enjoyed it. I've started You Learn By Living by Eleanor Roosevelt. I'm enjoying it. It is her response to the many people who asked her for advice for living. It is interesting reading about her own insecurities and fears. I tend to think of her later in her life and career as the confident, successful woman and first lady. I need to read a biography of her next.
So, I'm not doing as good as I should with my blogging. It was crazy how busy this past week was. I hope things quiet down soon. Bwahahah. What am I thinking? It won't slow down.