While remembering to be thankful, my two children went from babies to teenagers in a matter of minutes.
First, Coleman got all his baby curls cut off so now he looks like a LITTLE MAN. Dan is extremely grateful for this especially after July 4th when I put him in a cute red, white and blue onesie with an American flag on the front where he thought he looked like a gymnast. Turns out, it was actually a onesie for a girl, so between the gathered sleeves and the long, curly hair, he really did resemble an even shorter version of Mary Lou Retton.
This same evening Brittain started talking about her loose tooth. She’s been talking about her loose tooth for 2 years now so even when she’s talked about it more recently I haven’t paid much attention. We had a special night this night because after going shopping for slumber party stuff we arrived home at 7:30 to find Dan and Coleman asleep for the night. We stayed awake while I made birthday hats. I stood in the kitchen and she sat in there with me. We chatted, mommy and daughter style, much like my mom and I chat when we’re up late by ourselves. It was special. During this time we took turns wiggling her ACTUAL loose tooth. When it got close to midnight I finally told her it was time to go to bed so she headed back to our room to fall asleep with Dan. After just a few minutes I hear my bedroom door open and I see her coming down the hall, walking slowly, with her hands cupped together out in front of her. I hear her say, “Mommy, I lost my tooth.” I doubted what she was saying since this had been a common joke of hers lately. But as she got closer I could tell that this was no joke this time. She opened her mouth, and even through all the blood I saw a small gap at where her tooth USED to be. We celebrated, called the 2 people who we knew were still up (Aunt CC and Mimi) and prepared for the tooth fairy to come that night.