I shared this picture on my Facebook page recently in a completely different context. But, I looked at this picture and realised that, unlike her friends, LP hasn’t lost any teeth yet. She still has that same set of baby teeth that she has had since her toddler days. The same set of teeth that took their time coming through and caused her so much pain.
They are such lovely, straight teeth, one with a chip at the front. They are teeth that really make her smile, teeth that I am so familiar with, that I help to clean, that I see so often and that are so much a part of LP.
It’s made me think how strange it will be when she starts losing teeth, when she has a mouth full of gaps or when her mouth starts to fill with bigger adult teeth. This set of teeth are a huge part of nearly six year old LP, they are such a part of her personality and something you notice when she talks and smiles. I can’t imagine her smile looking different to this smile that I have loved from the very start.
Next year LP will probably start to lose her teeth and I think that will be the point where she’ll stop being quite so little, where she’ll look bigger, more grown up and where she’ll start changing from this little tiny dot of ours into a bigger girl – still a little girl, but a bigger little girl. For now, I’m just holding on to LP just as she is now, with that familiar smile and those lovely straight teeth and hoping that she stays little for just a moment longer.
If you have an ordinary moment this week, come and link up with myself and Katie. I’m off on holiday for another week and a bit so I won’t be around to comment and share posts like I usually do but I’ll RT where I can if you tag me in anything on Twitter – normal service will resume when I’m home!