She came bounding off the bus as she does every afternoon after school. But this day was different, because as she approached me, she was beaming to tell me something.Apparently, during school that day, her first tooth became loose. See this was her first tooth ever to be loose. My girl is almost 7 and will be finishing first grade up in the next three weeks or so.
She has watched many friends her age lose their first tooth and more. So, she has patiently waited for her first tooth to become loose to join her friends in this right of passage.
I, on the other hand, have hoped we had a bit longer, because losing her first baby tooth means she really is no longer a baby even if in my heart she will always indeed be my baby.
I can still remember the morning after my same girl cut her first tooth at a little over 6 months old and how I counted down each tooth after, as she was not a happy teether by any means.I can also equally recall an all-nighter I pulled sitting on her bedroom floor with her right after she turned a year old just holding her in my arms trying to calm her from another miserable night of teething, while being a little over 5 months pregnant with her sister. So, stands to reason that I couldn’t wait for all her baby teeth to be cut and be in as each new tooth she would cut would bring us a few days leading up to this of absolute miserable crankiness and fussiness.
The irony is that as overjoyed as I was that all her baby teeth had come in finally back then, I was in no way ready for when she would begin to loose the same teeth we fought so hard to come in.
But with that first wiggly loose tooth came the end of an era and the beginning of a new one still for all of us.
For behind that loose baby tooth is already the growth of her first ever adult tooth.So as I look at her smiling and shining face, I know that with the loss of her first baby tooth and this new grown up tooth also having cut her gum, she is most definitely no longer a baby anymore, but a kid growing by leaps and bounds here each and every day now.
But still somewhere in the recesses of my mind, she will always be my baby in my memories.