Remember how I just talked about the end of a season?? Well, here we are at another milestone. Jacob lost his first tooth. This will be the last time one of our children will lose their very first tooth.
He lost it at school and brought it home in a little tooth-shaped box necklace he wore around his neck.
He was so excited and questioned Lauren repeatedly about the amount the Tooth Fairy pays for first teeth vs. smaller teeth vs. bigger teeth. I don't know if you can see it or not in this picture, but his eyes are two different colors. It's subtle but his right eye is more blue and his left eye is more green.
As he put it, he was quite surprised that he got $3 because Lauren had told him he might only get a few dimes. He began to wonder what he could buy with that $3 and I suggested he save it to buy something nice. He said he didn't have any other money and I told him he could have done his chores this week and earned some money. He said he'd rather just wait and let Nana give him money. Haha! Then he told me that he hadn't even known he was supposed to do his chores, that I hadn't told him. I promised I would mend my ways and make sure he knew in the future.
So, I mentioned above that this would be the last time we had a first lost tooth. I guess it's been weighing on my mind after I read the following poem. I tried to read it to the girls but kept crying too much to finish. Maybe you can get through it without tears welling up, but I just can't seem to do it.
The Last Time
From the moment you hold your baby in your arms,
you will never be the same.
You might long for the person you were before,
When you had freedom and time,
And nothing in particular to worry about.
You will know tiredness like you never knew it before,
And days will run into days that are exactly the same,
Full of feeding and burping,
Whining and fighting,
Naps, or lack of naps. It might seem like a never-ending cycle.
But don't forget...
There is a last time for everything.
There will come a time when you will feed your baby
for the very last time.
They will fall asleep on you after a long day
And it will be the last time you ever hold your sleeping child.
One day you will carry them on your hip,
then set them down,
And never pick them up that way again.
You will scrub their hair in the bath one night
And from that day on they will want to bathe alone.
They will hold your hand to cross the road,
The never reach for it again.
They will creep into your room at midnight for cuddles,
And it will be the last night you ever wake for this.
One afternoon you will sing 'the wheels on the bus'
and do all the actions,
Then you'll never sing that song again.
They will kiss you goodbye at the school gate,
the next day they will ask to walk to the gate alone.
You will read a final bedtime story and wipe your
last dirty face.
They will one day run to you with arms raised,
for the very last time.
The thing is, you won't even know it's the last time
until there are no more times, and even then,
it will take you a while to realize.
So while you are living in these times,
remember there are only so many of them and
when they are gone,
you will yearn for just one more day of them
For one last time.