As I was contemplating a title for this post, such as toothless, it made me think of the paper I wrote for my Freshman English 101 class, “Neckless with a Head Full of Hair.” That piece was about how my mom’s second question to the nurses after I was born was “if I had hair” because she disliked bald babies while the workers at Bloomies had to explain to my dad that they didn’t make turtlenecks in size 0-3 months (to wear under a sweater my grandma had knitted me) because infants don’t have necks yet. In addition to showing how vain and into appearances my parents were (that explains where I get it from!), it proves that parents have preconceived images and notions about their offspring including what they will look like, wear and when and where they will do certain things.
My son, Ian, lost his first bottom baby tooth on Friday night.
It had only become loose the day before and I immediately jumped on Etsy to order the perfect unisex tooth fairy pillow holder. Ian’s beloved lovey Mr. Foggy has been replaced by a new frog from Just Sew Special. I knew it was the perfect one the minute I saw it as I scrolled through images on Etsy and the vendor was kind enough to ship it first thing the next morning.
As I held this miniature (we’re talking teeny tiny) tooth in the palm of my hand, I was flooded with all kinds of crazy emotions.
My baby is growing up way to fast…. It feels like only understand I was buying Oragel to try to sooth his teething gums…. OMG, he’s in kindergarten and lost a tooth, before I know it, he’s going to hit puberty and then we’ll be standing at the altar watching him get married.
I admit, I might be blowing it a bit out of proportion, but what they say is absolutely true:
Only a few days later, Ian lost his second baby tooth on the bottom. This time he was a little less excited and more timid, demanding he get a new tooth immediately. He won’t have to wait to long as both neither tooth even bled when they came out and the grown up tooth is already growing in behind.
When did you realize your baby was growing up and how did you feel about it?