On July 16th, Abbey lost her first tooth while at school! She had been wiggling it for weeks and despite all of my suggestions of yanking it out quickly, she refused and kept moving it with her tongue and fingers until it came out. She was so proud to show me the little gap in her bottom gum when I picked her up! I was excited to plan out tooth fairy pick up/ drop off for the first time. I made a note, sprinkled a little glitter and as I was sneaking into her room she moved! I high tailed it outta there as fast as I could and then was too chicken to try again! Dennis had to step in and make the switch. The tooth fairy was very generous and left her $5 for her first shiny cavity free tooth. ( she has apparently adjusted for inflation because I never got more than $1 or .50)
After the switch I took a picture of her tooth in the bag so I would remember the date....and then it hit me: I should have done this once already. I let myself be sad for just a minute and reflect on how many teeth Josie would have lost by now, and how she would be comparing her first experience to Abbey's. Then I looked at her picture on my nightstand, told her I loved her, and pictured her smiling at Abbey's elation the next morning. It helped a lot.
Summer is moving along and I have actually been quite busy with work, visitors and Abbey's calendar! Summer dance is over and my little dancer has decided she is bored with jazz/tap/ ballet and now wants to try hip/hop dancing. Well of course she does, it needs different shoes and dance attire than ballet/tap jazz. *sigh* But I just smile and remind myself that I am blessed to have a child who can be so opinionated, boisterous and downright contrary. Losing Josie put a lot in perspective for me, and I think that it has helped me as a parent. I do my best not to complain because I know how many people would trade me their problems in a heartbeat, and how many struggle with infertility and loss just as I did.
We had a great weekend with our friends and their girls; joint birthday party for the 4 year old and 1 year old sisters at the museum on Saturday and then swimming on Sunday. Their baby just turned 1, and I got to put her down for her nap while the older girls were swimming. I really forgot how calming baby snuggling is! We will be going on vacation with these same friends this weekend and I'm hoping for more baby snuggling opportunities!
Hope everyone is enjoying what is left of summer!
Yay for the loss of Abbey first teeth. $5.00 I only got a dollar :) I think as moms who have had to say goodbye those little milestone with our other kiddos become so much sweeter yet very bittersweet. When the moment happen we stop and reflect on the should have beens. Hugs you you!
Glad you all had an amazing weekend, enjoy your upcoming vacation and sneak in some baby snuggles for me!
Those milestones do bittersweet. Have a good vacation. Nicki
Congratulations to Abbey on losing her first tooth! My oldest daughter is nearly 6 1/2 and has lost eight teeth already! She gets $2 per tooth, which is far more than I got as a child! Sounds like you are having a nice summer. Enjoy!
I too have learned so much about being a parent from loss. So many things that I would have said no to before are now a yes. Things I would have paid little to no attention to before are now permanently ingrained in my memory. I soak up every laugh, every smell, every kiss, every snuggle because we learned the hard way that those things can vanish in an instant.
I am sad to see summer leave. Us midwesterners didn't seem to have much of one this year. Between the cold temperatures and the rain I feel like we need a re-do!
Congrats to Abbey and the first lost tooth! The tooth fairy has certainly adjusted for inflation. :)
Whoah! $5? I got something like fifty cents. Congrats on the milestone!
I'm sorry about the bitter-sweetness of the moment. Keeping you in my thoughts.
Congrats on the first tooth lost! I bet she was really excited to see what the tooth fairy had left her:) We went big on the first tooth, but then had to explain the difference in rate of pay for proceeding teeth:)
Milestones! How bittersweet they can be. You see them and you're happy for Abbey and then you are quickly reminded of what isn't. It's tricky how grief does that. Being grateful for what you have is important but don't be so hard on yourself. Losing Josie has changed you and it's okay to be sad about what you're missing! HUGS!!!
Ohhhh....wiggly teeth are so exciting!!!! Yeah, I had to ask around for the going rate for teeth these days and was shocked to learn of the inflation!! $5 must be the going rate because that's what I was told too. What happened to the days of the dollar or less??? Sounds like things are busy for you, and yes I understand the deep sigh with the change in dance styles. If only they were born with an understanding of money..... I hope the vacation is/was relaxing!!
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