On Monday, right after lunch, I picked Blake up to go get his braces on. Here he is at the orthodontist's office waiting to go back. Last picture with no braces for awhile.
This is him right before dinner when he finally let me take a picture. He did a great job. Poor kid has an expander on the top (which we turn every night) and braces on top and bottom. The springs on the bottom are trying to expand the bottom to make room for the teeth behind to come in. He hasn't been in too much pain. He has had only soft foods so far, but this expander is the tricky thing for him. Food is always getting stuck so he is learning how to suck that food out. We were encouraged to buy a water pik, which we did...Costco had them on sale! It is totally fantastic for braces. He can flush that food out with that thing in no time. Gross? Sorry, this is our world right now. They didn't put brackets on the baby teeth that are wiggly. Cool thing--we go in every 3 months. They have changed the braces technology for the better. They are also smoother so it isn't as rough on the cheek.
Story: When I went in to pick up Blake, our front desk secretary at school said, "Oh, you aren't getting Dylan?" I said no that Blake had to get his braces on. So she said, "Well, I have to tell you I was just walking behind Dylan's class at lunch. He was in the back of the line and the PE coaches were there and asked Dylan his name. He responded with Dylan Johnson. So the coaches told Mrs. Robinson (his teacher) that he was such a good kid...always did what he was asked to do and was kind to the other kids. The coaches said...it is kind of sad...the first couple of weeks the good kids fly under the radar because we are so focused and have to put so much energy on the crazy kids. Mrs. Robinson then told them that Dylan's older brother was Blake. The coaches were then..oh, that makes sense. The Johnson boys are such great kids!" So, Ms. Pam said, "I just thought you would want to hear that your boys have a reputation at the school...for being good, kind boys." It was nice to hear. There are about 650 kids at the school, so I'm glad that they have a good reputation and that they stand out for good reasons.
Dylan is doing great in school. He has made a new best friend, Jake. They play at recess together and eat together. I don't know what it is, but kids are drawn to him. They all want to be friends with him. It is kind of funny--after school all these kids will say good-bye to him, and I ask Dylan their names and he has no idea. The most fun thing though, we got home from school on Monday--after getting braces, we went and got Dylan from school. Dylan finally got homework and he as pumped to do his homework. He has to read for 15 minutes and they have a log to keep track of it and keep track of who read. He told me that he was going to read a book all by himself and then sound out the words that he didn't know. Good thing I had just gone to the library that day and got a bunch of books. He found one and this kid did awesome at reading. The tough words he sounded out. (It is at this point when I was reminded of how weird the English language can be...so many exceptions to the rules, etc). He then wrote everything down on his reading log. I hope this excitement for homework continues!!