Thursday, June 30, 2011

Baz


If you know Baz, you probably won't be surprised to hear that he's found a real niche in karate these past few weeks. It's brand-new for him, but it has just the right mix of focus/concentration, physical energy, and warrior-mystique to fill pretty much all of his needs. I love peeking in at him in class, seeing his ultra-serious face in rapt attention. We really like Studio Breathe, where he attends the classes up to 3 times per week.

Also I promised I wouldn't post a photo, but Baz's other big adventure here in Montreal is that we had a palatal expander installed by a pricey orthodontist. Multiple dentists & orthodontists had told us we needed to get this done - his upper jaw is simply too small. The adult teeth don't have space to come in, and he's compensating with a crossbite. So he's got this device in his mouth that I have to turn with a key, once a day for 4 weeks, which will open up his upper palate. He'll keep it in for another 3 or 4 months after that - including a couple of braces on his front teeth, to keep them straight as the mouth widens. I was a bit shocked that we had to get into this already, but so far it is going pretty smoothly. Though Baz was very resistant to the early appointments preparing for this device, now that he has it, he's being great - carefully following all instructions, and taking it as a serious responsibility.

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