Last week Will lost one of his top front teeth. As much as I wanted to share in his excitement, I was actually a little devastated. I learned from Isabel that once those top teeth are gone, their sweet baby faces suddenly look very different and way older. I was not ready for my baby to have a "big kid smile." His top tooth had actually been loose for a while but I had basically forbidden him to wiggle it (and told Josh that he was absolutely not allowed to pull it!) Maybe not my most rational parenting but I just wanted that baby tooth smile as long as possible. Isabel didn't lose her top teeth until the summer before 1st grade so I thought I had a while!
Then one day after school he jumped in the van with a huge snaggle-tooth smile and a plastic tooth hanging around his neck. He was beaming while Isabel screamed "Will lost his tooth" over and over. As much as I wanted to cry, I had to smile. He was beyond excited! In case you didn't know, losing a tooth at school and getting to wear it around your neck all day in a tooth necklace is a pretty huge deal! Apparently the tooth was so loose that it actually just fell out of his mouth. It didn't even bleed at all! I guess he kept it in as long as possible just for me. Time for me to face the fact that my baby boy is growing up.
To make things worse, I am taking Isabel to the orthodontist next week for a consultation about braces!! I swear these kids were just cutting their baby teeth a few months ago!
Isabel's first day of 1st grade with her snaggle-tooth smile!