In that first year of life there are so many firsts and each one is as bitter sweet as the last. As they get older the firsts are fewer and farther between, but when one happens it hits you hard. Those are the moments that you realize your baby is really truly growing up. That they aren’t actually a baby anymore. Well, she will ALWAYS be my baby, but she is also a kid… a big kid.
That big moment happened for me on February 4th when Alleigh was sitting on the couch and told me “mom, my tooth hurts.” I looked in her mouth and found that her bottom two front teeth were loose. How could this be… she was just born… she’s my baby… oh wait that was nearly 6 years ago.
I tried to come to the realization that she would soon be missing that perfect little tooth that first appeared when she was only 4 and a half months old, but turns out she wanted to hold on to that last bit of babyhood just as much as me. She spent the next month and a half chewing food on the side of her mouth and I watched as it got more wiggly by the day. Finally we reached a point that I was certain that tooth was going to fall out in her sleep and I was worrying she’d choke on it, but Kaelyn decided to take care of that worry for me on March 22nd.
While jumping on our bed I kept telling the girls to stop, that someone was going to get hurt. But who listens to mom? A few minutes later Alleigh comes running out of the bedroom with her hand cupped around her mouth and I could see blood around her fingertips. She mumbled “Kaelyn kicked my tooth out!” And sure enough she did. From their story… while jumping Kaelyn’s foot came up while Alleigh’s mouth came down, contact was made, and a tooth was extracted. I doubt Alleigh will ever forget that.
That night the tooth fairy left a $5 bill tucked inside a new story book “Loose Tooth” which Alleigh has read nearly every day since receiving it.
When that first little tooth got knocked out it also made the one next to it really wiggly which started the wondering of when tooth #2 would fall out. I was hoping it wouldn’t take nearly as long as the first. Only 8 days later on March 30th 2014 while eating a chicken nugget that tooth made it’s exit. All of a sudden we went from a mouth of baby teeth to looking like she should try out for a hockey team, hehe.
I love watching my little ones reach these milestones, but it also reminds me of how fast life goes by and how much I need to really soak it all in while it lasts.