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The last 8 weeks have been very interesting.
On April 8th, Lauren got her pallet expander installed. She came home with a calendar and over the next 4 weeks, were to turn the key 21 times.
Initially, this didn’t bother Lauren too much. She said that it’s uncomfortable and she had a bit of a lisp.
Over the 21 turns, when she was asked if it hurt, she would explain that the bridge of her nose hurt. Which makes sense when you remember that your pallet is the bottom of your sinus cavities.
After the first 21 turns, it was back to Dr. Bozek’s office. On June 6th, she was checked out, things were progressing well and we needed to do 21 more turns.
Each turn spreads her pallet by 1/4mm. It’s not a lot. After 42 turns, that’s 102mm (10.2cm)!
Our children were destined to need braces. Both Craig and I had braces when we were teenagers.
In April 2018, Rachel started her orthodontics journey. The estimated time for her treatment was one year. She had a bit of crowding that needed to be fixed and a little bit of an overbite. Dr. Bozek put on Rachel’s braces on April 18th and the current estimation is May 2019 to have them removed. Seems like just yesterday she was losing her first tooth!
Lauren was told that she needed to wait a year; she had to lose the rest of her baby teeth. In November, Lauren lost her last tooth. We called Dr. Bozek and set up an appointment.
March 11th, the day after Lauren’s 12th birthday, we met with Dr. Bozek again. They took new x-rays and photos. They came up with a plan.
Lauren’s treatment plan is going to take 2 years. Her little mouth has so much going on in there.
The teeth on the top need the most treatment. The molars need to be moved outward. This allows more space to move the teeth at the front so that they are straight.
To move the molars outwards, they will be installing a pallet expander.
But before they can do that, they had to put in spacers. These do exactly what they sound like they do. They create space between the molars. They need this space to put bands around her teeth that hold the expander.
Yesterday was the first step in her orthodontics journey. Lauren was nervous, but she climbed into the chair. She was in the middle chair and she carefully watched the two girls in the chairs beside her: one was getting fitted for her retainer and the other was getting a mould. Lauren was going to have to do this as well.
She said the mould material tasted like marshmallows and that it wasn’t that bad.
With Lauren’s dental history (6 cavities when she was only 6), I wasn’t surprised when the ortho technician told me that she flinched a little when she went to put the spacer in. Lauren is very hesitant when to comes to any dental stuff as she’s worried that it will hurt like getting cavities filled.
In the end, they were done and she was excited that they were turquoise. (I’ll post again about why.)
I’ve written before that I love when Sesame Street brings in celebrities and sing their songs with a bit of a twist. Animated movies, in this case, the Minions, do similar things.
Driving home from camp this weekend, I was enjoying singing along to SIRUS 90s on 9.
“I Swear” by Boys to Men comes on and I chuckle.
“We had so many boy bands when I was your age,” I tell the girls.
I sing the verse and when the chorus comes on, Rachel exclaims, “Hey Lauren, this is the Minon’s Underwear song!”
Yep. I know the Minions are everyone’s favourites, but my girls love them. Lauren even went as Agnus for Halloween last year… complete with fluffy unicorn.
For your listening enjoyment, I give you the Minions!
Ah , Laopoda. Talachi , Matol , Lina.
Ah, Labadi , Hochi, La , No chaaa. Wu pla na chii , leh ji
Fuh pa pu seh , La ma nii
Underwear! La kah reh , Li rey wee , Gih leh bya
Mah ke reh , Underwear!
La pah kreh , leh gua ri , Teh lah keh , Lah peh reh. Underwear!
Lah ceh peep, li bee the , ee leh gua. Lah gua rehh
Ley show lee leh duu , Lah keh rey dee zuu
Bleh ahh boh dee zu re kah , Zohh reh kah laa ,
UNDERWEAR ~ Lah du. Leh ah mo dee underwear.
My favourite part about the summer is spending time with friends and family! In the summer we go camping in our travel trailer. It’s called the #SilvaBulletRV.
Camping is so much fun because we get to see our camping family. We have become very close with some friends at our campground. They are just like part of our family. I am so excited for when we go to Ohio because I will get to ride in a go-cart by myself! Ohio is going to be so much fun because we are going with our camping family. I am so excited!
l love to go to the park and play with my friends at camp. Going swimming at the campground’s pool is so much fun. I get to make big splashes when I jump in! Swimming is the best this year because I can go to the pool with friends, and not have to have Mom and Dad come with me. I never swim alone, because it is not safe.
Summer break is awesome because we don’t have to do any school work! Lots of popsicles and freezies for all those hot days. Even if it rains, we still have fun! I like to ride my bike and go on bike rides with my friends!
Last year in the summer was lots of fun. We went to Universal Studios! I went on a few of the roller coasters!
We went to 3 campgrounds on the way to Orlando. While in Florida we stayed at 2 campgrounds. We stayed at 3 more campgrounds on the way home. We were so excited to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It was amazing! We tried some Bertie Botts every Flavour Beans, Butterbeer, Frozen Butterbeer, and Chocolate Frogs. We had lots of fun at Universal Studios.
I cannot wait for the rest of the summer. We have a lot planned. It’s going to be so much fun!