3 Month Til Braces Off

>> Saturday, November 28, 2009

Three more months and my daughter gets her braces off! It's been a long time coming. It's taken years to get to this point.

She needed to wear a palate expander for awhile which actually separated the roof of the mouth to widen her mouth. It had a little key that I had to twist that slowly widened the palate, breaking it apart. She'd just lay there with tears rolling down her face while I did it. I'm glad I didn't have to do that for very long. I felt so guilty, but she just didn't have enough room in there for all of her teeth. She had too many of them crammed up in her gums, unable to drop down.

Then she had the brackets put on for braces. All the teeth dropped down where they were supposed to but one. They had to cut into her gums and go in to pull one of the teeth down.

She's excited to get the braces off. She'd have preferred Orange NJ invisalign but she has the metal braces. She hasn't been able to eat anything chewy or hard. She's done great - hasn't broke even one bracket!

Now I just hope her teeth aren't stained when the braces come off.


Joel Schwartzberg November 29, 2009 at 11:01 PM  

Hey Little Wren,

First, I want to applaud you on your contributions to the Stepmom community. As a husband with children from a previous marriage, I know first-hand the sacrifices you make in the name of love.

A nationally-published and award-winning essayist, I captured my experiences as a divorced and remarried dad in a funny and critically-acclaimed book, "The 40-Year-Old Version: Humoirs of a Divorced Dad," which was released this year.

To my delight, the book has been extremely well received by stepmother writers and bloggers including Izzy Rose, Wednesday Martin, Jennifer Newcomb Marine, and Jacqueline Fletcher. Many consider it an entertaining and uniquely meaningful holiday gift for a remarried dad.

Given the holiday season, would you be interested in reviewing the book or posting a sample chapter on your site? I think your audience in particular would enjoy it.

I invite you to learn more about and see strong reviews for "The 40-Year-Old Version" at http://www.divorceddadbook.com. I’m pasting some of those reviews below.

My personal essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, New Jersey Monthly, The Star Ledger, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, Babble.com, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and many regional parenting magazines throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Thanks for your consideration, and Happy Holidays!

Joel Schwartzberg

Reviews of "The 40-Year-Old Version: Humoirs of a Divorced Dad"

"As a woman who’s married to a divorced man with kids, Joel’s vulnerable wisdom hit a raw nerve…I applaud [his] courage to put his insecurities on the table, not only because it’s admirable, but because his candor is so damn funny."

- Izzy Rose, author of The Package Deal: My (Not-So) Glamorous Transition from Single Gal to Instant Mom

"The essays in this memoir are sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes absolutely heartbreaking…I love how the book shows his feelings for his kids and documents those little awkward moments that come with life after a divorce."

- Jacquelyn B. Fletcher, author of A Career Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Stepmom

"A captivating, humorous, insightful book offering wise, hard-earned guidance for divorced dads, this is the perfect gift for men who are co-parenting with their ex-wives."

- Dr. Linda Nielsen, President of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children and author of Between Fathers & Daughters

"I couldn’t have bought a better present for my hubby, a Divorced Dad. We love reading it together, laughing and crying as we turn the pages of the short stories (most only 2-3 pages long) that speak VOLUMES to us as readers in a blended family. I HIGHLY recommend ALL Divorced and Separated Dads buy this book, or all Stepmoms and other family members and friends who know a Divorced/Separated Dad to buy them this book as a special gift that will be sure to uplift him in a very difficult time. No one feels alone after reading this book!"

- Enlightened Stepmom’s Group, Atlanta, Georgia

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