New Car, Toe Walking and Braces Update

If there are ever cranky bits of typing in here it’s because I’m pretty much at the end of my rope with patience and sweetness after listening to Ember cry ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

day for two days straight. And kicking the crap out of my face all night. And stabbing me in the eyes while I’m sleeping. She does kiss me a ton at night too but even that, with her long strings of snot left behind, hasn’t been my favorite lately. ha

We’ve been sick for so long. I can’t remember what it’s like to not be sick.
I’m so glad we’re moving. I realized today why the last year has sucked so dang much. Arizona is the worst state to live in because we’re trapped indoors all summer (from May to September it’s over 100 degrees) and then when the weather is FINALLY perfect (in late January!) we’re sick, sick, sick for the entire duration of it! The only good times with temperate weather and no illness is April, sometimes November and December are nice but last year we had high 90s temperatures ALL winter! It sucked!

But we’re going to move so that’ll all be in the past. Yay đŸ™‚

Speaking of moving, in Utah where we want to live is off the main road down a dirt road to some property (I’ll blog in more detail about that some other time) so we’d really need a vehicle that could handle a snowy dirt road. Our tiny, weak sauce Mazda5 was in no way appropriate for the job.
So Allan bought a new car a few weeks ago, and we sold the Mazda. I never blogged about it because I have exactly zero interest in cars. I told Allan, buy me something that seats 8 and has rear heating. Besides that I don’t care what make, model, color, or anything else about it.
I was actually a bit of a jerk with him over it, refusing to look at cars online for more than like five minutes. I was sick at the time and OVERWORKED to the max but still, I regret being such a witch. I apologized to him recently and told him to make up for it I took the car on a photoshoot. haha!
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Oh yeah, these first few car pictures are from the other day taking Brooklyn to school. I’d taken Allan’s car to the store to get Sierra’s prescription a few days prior and left Ember’s carseat in there. So I had her sit in Payson’s carseat (which is forward facing) that day and Payson used an extra booster we have.
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Despite it being a one time thing I bet if my blog was public I’d get comments of how I was attempting to kill my child by having her forward facing before she was five :S
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I’m pretty intense about carseat safety but sometimes you just go with what you have.
How cute is Brooklyn? I love that she still looks sleepy in this picture under her giant smile đŸ™‚
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When I stopped on this not-often-used dirt road to take these no one was around. At the very end when I was in my car and making a u-turn to go back the way I came a car was coming up. Right as I was turned around in the other lane, not blocking the road or anything, the car that passed me’s driver was glaring at me. I was like, um-dude what’s your problem?? I’m not in your way, you didn’t have to stop for me or anything? Jerk.
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I was cleaning the kitchen floor the other day and Ember spotted the chairs in the family room and knocked them over to climb in them.
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She’d climb in and then cry, really hard, for me to get her out. Then the second I got her out she’d climb straight back in and scream again.
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She’s on my lap, nursing, as I blog right now. She isn’t wearing pants because she had climbed on the table while the kids were eating and spilled an entire bowl of cereal all over herself and the table. And I think I smell poop. And she’s latched on and wiggly like a fish out of water and there’s a trail of sticky snot from her face to my boob.
Ember is not making my life much fun these days :S
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Sierra and Payson thought Ember in the chairs was hysterical. They ended up pushing over the other one and then later making forts out of them.
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Sierra keeps coming in here every other minute to tell me about some great wrong Payson has done to her. Most of them involve him taking back his own toys from her. She’s a smart kid but sometimes she’s awfully dumb đŸ˜›
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Speaking of Sierra… with her so sick and with her braces/braces’ shoes so dirty from school, she didn’t wear them for four days and she was up so high on her toes it was actually making me angry! lol
Today she’s back in braces all day and from now on, ALL day every day!
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I have no idea how to handle the school situation when it comes to her braces. They’re SO nice about it and supportive and helpful, actually I’ve never blogged about it but the entire administration in that school treats us so well and we’ve become good friends, but anyway, the problem with her wearing braces to school is recess…
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There is sand under all the playground equipment and it fills her braces and shoes. I’m not sure what to do about it. It is really, really hard and time consuming to put her braces and shoes on (takes about ten minutes and lots of manipulating and stuff) so it’s not like her teacher can simply pull everything off and shake it out and put it all back on, without a major time commitment anyway, so I’m thinking about googling if they have some sort of special boot that goes on easily over braces. Boots being higher up will hopefully prevent the sand from getting in. Photobucket

I’ve tried at least ten pairs of boots at stores with no luck. The braces are so stiff it makes sliding her foot into a pair impossible. It’d have to be a pair that opens all the way up to the ankle. I’ll keep looking but so far, it’s annoying.
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I’ve mentioned before about her feet being somewhat deformed, the balls of her feet are extremely wide (from all the pressure of toe walking) and her heel is very tiny (from having no pressure). Her toes curl outwards a bit (to grip the ground as she walks). Her toenails get flattened at the top since they hit the ground when she walks… luckily so far she hasn’t had ingrown toenails but I bet in time she would if we didn’t get this all taken care of.
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So she’s going to be in braces full time for years to come probably. The thing about all toe walking fixes is that they’re not truly fixes. Everything short of surgery, to clip her tendons, will counteract against her toe walking and put her back at a neutral (full range of motion) but in pretty much every case I’ve read about or heard about the child will be back on their toes within weeks of getting out of braces or casts.
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It’s a lifelong treatment plan, or at least as long as it takes until the child grows up and decides to walk flat. The fix at that point is them telling themselves to walk flat and then doing so. With children, especially under the age of 10, they really don’t care to remind themselves to walk flat and even when they do they don’t have long term ability with it. As soon as their mind is otherwise engaged (maybe reading a sign while they’re walking) they’re up on their toes without realizing it.
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So updates on Sierra are a funny thing. She has improved a lot with wearing the braces. She can stand flat now (she could not stand flat at all before!!) so her range of motion is getting better, but within thirty seconds of the braces coming off she’s on her toes. Which means, even with improvement she needs to wear them long term.
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One thought on “New Car, Toe Walking and Braces Update

  • It's really interesting reading about the toe-walking. I hope she decides on her own (sooner rather than later) to just stop doing it. Would you have to keep buying these braces in various sizes as she grows, or do they adjust?
    I can tell by the pics that this new vehicle has a lot more room in it than your other one did. That has to feel like heaven!!! I'm not crazy about minivans, really, but my gosh I wouldn't trade the space in ours for anything.
    I love the series of pics where Ember wants to be in the spindles of the chair, then screams when she gets 'stuck' in them. Hudson used to do that all the time when he was little and I had forgotten all about it đŸ™‚

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