The Little Tooth That Broke My Heart Twice

Last week, we found Savanna’s first loose tooth.  We were sitting in the movie theater watching Happy Feet, and she kept pointing to her mouth.  I didn’t know why she was doing this until finally, I took a closer look and realized that she had a loose tooth!

It shouldn’t surprise me that she has a loose tooth.  I mean, she’s 5 years old now.  That’s what happens when kids get older.  I just didn’t expect her to start losing teeth now.  Losing teeth means losing another piece of babyhood and growing up just a little bit more…..and that means that I have to let go a little bit more.

I’m not normally the cheesy, sentimental mom type, but teeth seem to tug on my mommy emotions for some reason.  I remember when Savanna got her first tooth, which happened to be the same one that she’s losing now.  I remember feeling a little bit heartbroken that I would never see that gummy grin again, and now that same tooth is wiggly.  Damned tooth.

I think it was Maria Shriver who said, “motherhood is a constant practice of letting go, starting at birth.”  Those may not have been her exact words, but you get the idea.  I will always remember these words because they touched my heart.  I guess this is the reason we get teary eyed when our kids start kindergarten, spell their name for the first time, or loose their first tooth.

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