Last night, in addition to his beloved Black Bear, Robby slept with his pocket pillow. After all, it was important that he keep the pillow close because tucked inside was a tiny little treasure. He lost his left front tooth and he was anxiously awaiting the arrival of the tooth fairy!
Robby is missing all four of his front teeth and now
resembles a hockey player. He thought it was really "epic cool" until he
realized that eating a fried chicken leg was going to be difficult and
messy without the front chompers. Thankfully a few cups of vanilla
pudding snacks softened the chicken blow.
His two bottom teeth
fell out during the throws of Dengue Fever. Apparently it is not
uncommon for teeth to fall out prematurely during extended periods of a
high temperature. Who knew! Although they will eventually grow in, he is
rendered toothless until it happens. My meal planning has been
significantly impacted as I try to come up with dinners that are soft
enough to be eaten with minimal chewing. I see a lot of pasta and rice
in the coming days.
My little snaggletooth koopa is growing up! I
realize that losing teeth is a rite of childhood and an exciting event
in a six-year-old's life, but I never appreciated the milestone from a
parental perspective. I remember nursing my little baby through the
teething pain. We were all so excited when each tooth finally cut
through the gum signaling the end of his discomfort. Now those same
little teeth are sitting in a ladybug box tucked in the back of my
dresser drawer, and my infant is now a school aged child.
reflect upon Robby growing up, I continue to get a lump in the back of
my throat and a heavy heart. I love watching him learn and change, but
something about looking back always makes me sad. Therefore, I try to
avoid reflection at all costs and stay in the moment as much as
possible. I don't like feeling sad!
Most of the time I am
successful at avoiding the growing up heartache. The feelings only pop
up when milestones occur such as losing his front teeth. I wish I could
keep him young for just a little longer. Unfortunately, I know that
before I realize it, he'll be grown up and gone and I'll be left with a
container full of teeth and a lot of memories.