December 31, 2010

Losing Teeth and Growing Up

Posted by meli on Friday, December 31, 2010 in , | No comments
It has finally happened... at 3am on the eve before the New Year, my honey pot, my teensy man, my last bebe lost his first tooth. A tiny glimmer of an adult tooth already peering out. Soon his mouth will be full of his adult teeth; with no more sign of "baby" in there anywhere. 

He's our last child, so this was a bittersweet moment for Mama. Teetering between feelings of ubber excitement for him and this gigantic milestone that he has been waiting for (as his brothers' teeth pop from their heads like popcorn), to feelings of gut wrenching sadness; grieving the passing of this stage in life. 

Even typing this I feel tears welling up, a lump in my throat, and a heaviness in my heart. 

No, I'm not good with endings or with goodbyes. Not.At.All

But look at this face ... how can a smile of happiness NOT build up in you when you look at the excitement in his face (and the blood on his shirt)!

And as he puts it ... "We can still have snuggle time even when I have big honking teeth, we can snuggle forever, even when I'm older then you, cuz we loooooooove to snuggle each other, forever and ever and ever and ever and ever"

We sure do, buddy, Forever and Always!

So alas, with a New Year looming on the horizon, I will work to fully regain my child-like soul. I am committed to live a life more free from the chains of sadness, grieve, endings, and goodbyes. And instead choose a life filled with more gratitude, joy, and optimism ... "Don't cry because it's over; Smile because it happened"


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