Because in between the schedules, doctors appointments, the hectic days, and the sometimes crazier weekends, they do happen. And I love them. We all do.
On Friday we spent the morning at Oak Canyon's community park. It's a beautiful sea of rolling, landscaped hills, and well-maintained playgrounds.
It was perfect for a class play date, and a great way to begin our weekend. The activity may have been scheduled for my wee son and his friends, but it was most important to me that Eldest really enjoy the day.
While Mother sketched,
and the scallywag played,
I watched as Eldest ran, swung, and climbed. As our children get older, they don't have as much free time as we'd like. It's important to make sure they have these moments of frivolous fun...
Especially if they have a rough week ahead of them.
My car arrives in L.A. on Monday, as do all of our belongings from Charlotte. But Monday also marks the day Eldest receives her expander.
In case you're not up to date with your braces lingo, an expander is a device that is affixed to the upper back molars. It gradually pushes the upper jaw further out in the back~expanding it so teeth have room to straighten out. It will also fill the spaces you see in the corners of a persons mouth when they smile.
Then on Thursday, when she would be taking her Math midterm, she'll undergo oral surgery to reveal and force out an impacted canine.
Here is what our oral surgeon is dealing with.
Impacted canines aren't uncommon, but they always do root damage to the permanent teeth they're growing above. We're anticipating some, but we won't know how much until the tooth is revealed and the area examined.
During the operation, not only will her braces be put on, but a chain will be placed on her impacted tooth. It will connect to a brace on one of her molars and slowly bring it down.
This is the best case scenario. There are things that may or may not happen once the tooth is revealed, but we won't know until Eldest is under and the surgeon can get a closer look at things.
It's not a lengthy operation, only about an hour and a half, but any procedure that involves general anesthesia makes me anxious. I'm thankful that our Doctors, both the oral surgeon and orthodontist, are exceptional. Eldest will be in the best of hands.
I'll be asking for your prayers this Thursday, friends, and I know Eldest would appreciate them.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and if you have a moment, please keep us and our crazy week ahead in your thoughts. Every bit will help us make it through with a little more grace.
My best to you all...