Eldest is a phenomenal speller, winning the school Bee when we lived in Charlotte. Unfortunately, there was a bit of a mix-up with spelling lists this year, and while she spent a good two weeks pouring over hundreds of words from different origins it all turned out to be for naught.
She'd been given the wrong spelling lists.
We were floored, and a little angry on her behalf for such a huge mistake. She'd spent countless hours learning word after word...It didn't seem to matter too much, though, as Eldest finished 6th out of 30 people. I don't know about you, but all things considered that's not too shabby. We were so proud of her!
Eldest's amazing work ethic and good nature got her through those lists of words and the disappointment of a mix-up. As a parent, that made me more proud than you can imagine. A trophy is no replacement for a person's character, and Eldest's was shining that day.
She had other things to look forward to anyway.
We arrived at Dr. Bar-Zion's office at 2:00, and within moments she was whisked away to a reclining chair for one final inspection.
The expanders had done a very good job~maybe too good. With all the extra space, her teeth had gone in every which direction. They didn't know what to do with all that room to move!
Thankfully the braces are solving that little problem. Would you believe that only after a week her two front teeth are already almost straight? It's amazing, I know, and Eldest is beside herself with happiness.
So sorry, I thought I said "beside herself with happiness".
Eldest was in such good spirits after having her braces put on she had no problem hamming it up for the camera. All joking aside, she was in a good place, and amazed at her transformation from before to after:
She had some pretty intense discomfort that night, it even woke her up, but it passed after a few days. Thanks to each of you who offered kind thoughts and offered to pray for our sweet girl! No doubt they helped her through the rough moments. We celebrated her recovery with some sweet treats on Sunday from Crumbs Bake Shop.
Come back tomorrow and join us as we delight in some decadent looking cupcakes! Our thoughts on them just might surprise you.
Have a lovely day!