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Monday, June 9, 2008

The End of an Era

Last week Seth lost his first tooth. Several weeks ago he came to me and told me that his tooth was loose. He had a corresponding cut on his lip and so I assumed that he had hit his face on something and it had knocked his tooth loose. Though he is nearly five and a half, it seemed too early to lose it and so I encouraged him not to wiggle it and hoped it would hang in there. I was afraid that his tooth would come out and he'd have a gaping hole in the front of his mouth for a long time. We continued to treat it gently and discouraged wiggling or pulling on it.

Fast forward three weeks. We are watching a movie on a rainy afternoon when Seth suddenly jumps up and says, "my tooth came out!" He shows us all the little tooth and I moan and instruct him to go and rinse out his mouth. He is grinning from ear to ear and clearly feels quite grown up. The first thing he says is, "Mom, I get to use the tooth fairy pillow!" When he comes back and I inspect his mouth I can see that his big tooth has been advancing (for some time) right behind where his baby tooth was. I guess I am a mother in denial. A mother who isn't ready to see her "babies" grow up. This fall you'll probably find me blubbering on near the kindergarten drop off with my box full of tissues. When the tooth fairy came that night and looked down on his sweet peaceful face, I cried.


Melissa said...

I can't believe that they're starting school! Time really does fly.

angie said...

I remember losing my first wasn't until 1st grade and it was devastating because I was the only kid in Kindergarten to not lose a tooth! :) Does Tate have a loose tooth? My twins cut their teeth the same day for the most part, so I can't wait to see if they will lose them in the same time frame too. When they are 7. I'm going to be in BIG denial. Like yours, they are my babies!

Brooke said...

Wow, way to go Seth! I loved it when the tooth fairy came to my pillow. Hope it was good for you. Can't believe they are going to school in the fall. Were does the time go?!

Kristin said...

I guess this means you really are 'done'. I was kind of hoping you'd have one more...misery loves company! and btw, aren't we ALL 'mother's in denial?'
Congrats Seth!

Leslie said...

Angie, they did cut their baby teeth together and so the first things I did when Seth's came out is check Tate for a loose tooth. It's just barely loose. And K, never say never (my brother says I can have another when I'm 40- Ha!) but it's not looking to promising at the moment. I'm starting to liquidate baby stuff.

Clark Captions said... fun! The lost first tooth! I feel your pain about watching your babies get "all grown up." Good luck in the fall....I hear the kleenex with aloe works really well for those tender moments:)