This guy lost his FIRST tooth this week! He popped into my room at 5:53 AM, bursting to tell me that he had *just* pulled it out. Well, good morning to you too, buddy!
Read on for more pictures of this cute kid and my tips for taking pictures of that first lost tooth! (Hint: it's not hard, just do it.)
If you're not weirded out by looking in other people's mouths, you'll notice that his two bottom adult teeth are already in! Like, not just poking through a little bit - they are pushing and shoving their way in there.
I wouldn't be surprised if he lost the other tooth this week - honestly, I think he could have pulled it out today if he had tried.
How exciting, right? It's a milestone, which means it deserves the big-kid camera! (Please tell me I'm not the only one who has to make it a point to set down my camera phone and get out the big, high-quality camera from the important things.)
Quick tips for taking pictures of your child after they lose their first tooth:
1. Take pictures right away!
There is something so exciting about that moment right after losing it, so just pull out your camera and take the shot! It doesn't have to be a big deal, just have them stand in some decent light and ask them to show you their teeth.
2. Make sure you get the gappy grin photo.
I used a wide-open aperture (f/2.0) to keep my backyard blurry so it wouldn't distract from his fantastic new grin. It shouldn't be too hard to get them to show off the new gap in their smile - my son was absolutely ecstatic about losing his first tooth.
3. Get a good shot of them holding their lost tooth.
I figure if I have a picture of the tooth then I will have zero qualms throwing it away after the tooth fairy swoops in. I am sentimental about some things, but not their teeth. Are you?
(Mom advice question: do you flush it? Put it at the bottom of the kitchen trash where my kids will never find it? What's the best way to get rid of that lost tooth?)
4. Grab a shot of that special tooth fairy note!
I'm pretty low-maintenance for this type of thing, so a plain ol' envelope works for us. But I do love seeing his kindergarten spelling and newfound writing skills blossoming.
"From D, to the Towht Far-e." Adorable.
So that's that. We are crossing off the "First Lost Tooth" milestone! I'm sure pretty soon we'll also be crossing off "Second Lost Tooth," but I'm not sure if I'll get out the big girl camera for that. 🙂
Update on the younger kids:
My baby is still squishing himself into cupboards whenever the opportunity strikes. He isn't getting any closer to fitting, but that doesn't stop him from trying.
He even took his sister's hand to see if maybe they would fit inside together. They definitely didn't, but it was still sweet of him to include her.
Also, I kinda sorta love those 2T SHORTS that look like highwater PANTS. Someday they'll stay up, right? Maybe next winter.
I'm super interested: How much does the tooth fairy bring at your house? Tell me!
My brother-in-law has always made a little baggy of crazy odd and ends to put under the pillows of his children when they lose a tooth. A scrap of fabric, a piece of dog food, a cotton swab, a few pennies, a piece of chewing gum...whatever he finds laying around the house. The kids LOVE it! They can't wait for someone to lose a tooth so they can see what appears next.
That is the quirkiest tradition, but I bet kids LOVE it anyway!
He'll hate it, but what about giving him a savings bond?