Parenting moves in big time chunks for me. Of course there are all the little moments that make up the big chunks – especially those hard days that drag on for-freaking-ever, but when you look back and reflect on your parenting years, it’s often in defining slots isn’t it?
For me it goes something like this:
It starts with the newborn phase – all sleepless nights and bat-turd crazy adjustments, either becoming a human cow, crying about not being able to be a human cow or struggling to get your baby to like the formula you’ve bought. The colic, the tiny fingers, the sleeping baby lying on your chest, the crying, the beautiful sweet smell of a freshly bathed baby and the stale smell of regurgitated milk on like, all your clothes. Not to mention tryiing to figure out how to stop looking like an weirdly deflated balloon.
Damnit I want another baby.
Anyway, what was I saying. Oh yes.
Then there’s the wanting to move but can’t phase, the grab all the things phase, the toddler phase, the tantrum phase, the sleeping in your bed but actually just kicking you in the face phase, the you name it and there’s a phase for it phase.
All of these phases were started with a defining moment. Learning to walk, learning to talk, dropping the need for a nappy, finally spotting the first tooth or the very first defining moment of having a little bundle placed in your arms and trying not to freak out about how you have no idea what to do now.
We’ve just had another defining moment in our house. One that really marks the next phase that we’re heading into. And that my friends, is the loss of our very first tooth.
In fairness this didn’t happen overnight. Oh no, this tooth has been hanging in there for over a week! So we decided to take matters into our own hands and shot it out with the help of a Nerf gun. Yes you heard me, we shot it out with a gun. Here’s the video:
Success! Out pops the 1st loose tooth. With a little help of a Nerf gun ? pic.twitter.com/F0oFSXD63a
— Cindy (@CindyAlfino) March 6, 2016
Poor Kyla was in a bit of shock for a while afterwards, but we were a little bit worried because her new tooth was already growing out, but much further back, so we wanted it to have the room to move into the right place as soon as possible.
And also, (maybe more importantly) what a story to share with your kids one day about how you lost your first tooth!
Obviously the tooth fairy had to make her debut and I was terrified that she would forget. Thankfully she remembered. We, uh I mean she was a bit unprepared because she didn’t expect it to be shot out with a gun on a Sunday afternoon and so I think the tooth fairy was very generous for her first tooth. But she definitely won’t be keeping up that kind of cash monies because, like, she has three children to feed and put through school and stuff.
The “wanna be special memories maker” in me couldn’t just leave it as money in a tin. So I wrote her a little note and sprinkled some glitter on it and her pillow before going to sleep. It’s not going to win any awards and it was a bit spur of the moment, but I feel like it might be the start of something great!
You had to see her face the next morning! It was priceless! Even more priceless was watching her face when we read out the note to her and seeing the shock about the fairy noticing her dirty room. It was brilliant!
Have you lost a tooth in your home? Do you just wait and leave it till it decides to fall out or do you have another fun way of pulling them out?
To celebrate this new phase I thought I’d do a little giveaway of one of my favourite (and affordable) wine brands – the chocolate Cab Sav is a firm favourite of mine. Which one is your favourite?
You know what to do: