After 20 months and 3 days, I finally got my braces off yesterday :). I remember standing in my kitchen when Dr. Adams called me to tell me the plan: braces on, tonsils out, myofunctional therapy every Tuesday, and 60 minutes of myofunctional homework a day. I cried.
At the time, I had a 7 month old and it all seemed so overwhelming. Andrew and my mom kept saying that it would be worth it and that I’d regret it if I didn’t do it, so I jumped in feet first and went for it. (Side note: Dr. Adams was my 17th doctor in 13 years to try and correct my problem, so I was very pessimistic and exhausted from the whole situation before I even started.). I surrendered my fear, doubt and frustration to God and went for it.
On June 5, 2009, I woke up to get my braces put on that day and begin the whole process, however, as soon as I was awake, I ran to the bathroom, threw up and realized I was pregnant. Yup. Funny how when you surrender the “big things” to God and think the situation can’t get more complicated, He shows you that it can and that you can persevere.
So, here we are. Now a family of four, now finally after 14 years, I am completely healed, and now more than ever, I’m confident that all things are possible through Christ. He gave me not only the right doctors at the right time, but also the strength, patience, and wonderful, wonderful support of my family and friends. (A girl can’t drive 35 minutes to and from therapy every single Tuesday without a wonderful mama to watch her babies.) Life embraced!
In the car yesterday morning. He’s so excited because he’s never seen mama smile without her braces.
She’s so excited for me too!
A self-portrait right before I went inside to get them removed :).
And there they are! My pretty teeth!
We’ve come a long way since June 5, 2009. Love you Smith!