Five on Friday | Silver Linings

First things first, here’s an update on Kennedy: Yesterday, we went to see the pediatric dentist and guess what? That poor girl did indeed have a mouth full of ties. She had an upper lip tie, buckle ties on the top (or a tie on each side of where her eye teeth would be), a bottom lip tie and a front tongue tie. In the words of the dentist, “I have no idea how you have managed this for nearly 3 months.” Clearly, he didn’t notice the black bags under my eyes and the Venti Triple Shot Caramel Macchiato in my hand, but that’s besides the point.

He laser cut the ties right there in his office. I cried harder than Kennedy did as I watched them hold her down and laser the webbing out of her mouth, but I kept telling myself it was for her own good. It was definitely one of those moments that as a mother, your instinct is to say, “NO! You can’t inflict more pain on my baby,” but you have to make the tough decision to allow it because you know in the long run it’s worth it.

The procedure lasted less than 10 minutes and immediately after they asked me to nurse Kennedy. She latched on like a champion and ate for a solid 15 minutes. Prior to all of this, I didn’t think I had pain while breastfeeding, but after they cut the ties yesterday and she latched, I felt a difference immediately.

We still have 5-6 weeks of mouth stretches & exercises and 2 follow-up visits, but already I’m seeing a difference. For example, last night she nursed to sleep for the first time in her life! And while playing on the floor with her brother, she was cooing, babbling and smiling. Just look at this cute, non-screaming face:

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And as Murphy’s Law would have it, as soon as I started to feel like I’m finally seeing the light at this very dark tunnel, Maverick ended the evening yesterday with a 100.6 fever. I, too, am not feeling 100% so I pulled out my Neti Pot last night and lathered up in some Vicks in hopes of keeping germs at bay.

With all this stress, it’s easy to get caught up in the negative. So here are 5 silver linings that I’m focusing on right now:

{one} Last weekend, my sister moved back to Kansas City from Orlando!! I am SO excited to have her closer and that was only made better when she offered to babysit Maverick while I took Kennedy to the dentist. That was literally the BEST thing to happen. Not only could I focus 110 percent on my baby girl, but Maverick got to spend a Thursday morning with his Aunt Haggie and boy did he have fun!

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Eating cookies in his diaper

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Under Aunt Haggie’s bed so he could play with her cat

{two} Motherhood can be so isolating and when something is wrong with your kid, that feeling is multiplied by 100,000. Yesterday, I received several text messages from friends and family wishing Kennedy well and telling me that I was a good mom. That last part–the good mom part–was the one that got me through the day. I didn’t know if I was making the right decision to have her ties cut, and quite frankly, I may not know for a while if I made the right call, but having a cheering squad of people I admire tell me I’m doing a good job was everything.

{three} During all of this, Shawn has been in Portland. Not only is he not here, but the 2 hour time difference is near impossible when constant communication needs to be had. Luckily, he comes home today and I think we are all looking forward to a infamous Shawn Brack hug!

{four} In case you forgot, it’s Easter weekend and I have done nothing. The kids don’t have outfits. We have no plans. I have half of Maverick’s Easter basket ready and flat out gave up on Kennedy’s (she’s 2 months old, she’ll never know!!) and dying eggs is laughable at this point. But you know what? It’s okay because we’ll be together as a family. And that’s what I’m going to keep telling myself when my Facebook feed blows up with everyone’s perfect pictures.

{five} It’s been on the calendar for 2 months now, but Shawn & I are supposed to celebrate our first wedding anniversary on Saturday. We had big plans to go to a fancy restaurant and spend a night out on the town, but after this week, I think we are scrapping those plans and sticking with what we know–comfort food & cold beer. It won’t be fancy and we’ll be home right after we eat to take care of our sick kiddos, but I’m looking forward to enjoying a hot meal without having to bounce a baby on my knee.

Happy Friday everyone and Happy Easter!

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