This li'l cutie is so proud she finally lost her 2 front teeth!
Actually, one of those teeth has been "lost" before and then found. That's because when she was a wee lass, she was climbing a tree in our front flower bed area. At some point, she took a tumble and came bawling into the kitchen where I was fixing dinner and chatting with my visiting uncle.
When I turned to comfort her, I saw that there was blood all over her mouth and 2 teeth were missing!
I panicked and yelled, "EVERYONE GO TO THE FLOWER BED AND FIND HER FRONT TEETH!"
Now, I'm not entirely sure why I thought we needed to find her teeth, or what we would do after we found them, or whether I had considered the very slim chance of finding 2 toddler teeth in a flower bed. It was just my first instinct to FIND! THE TEETH!
Everyone obediently ran outside to search for the tiny teeth, and I turned my attention again to her mouth to survey the damage. That's when I noticed her upper lip looked... odd. Yes, it was bloody, but there was something peculiar about the way it was sticking out.
I lifted her lip a little and saw that everyone was searching in the flower bed in vain because the 2 "missing" teeth were still in her mouth. They were just turned upside down.
That's right. They were still attached at the root, but when she tumbled out of the tree, her teeth hit a branch and they were knocked straight up!
If you are freaking out and shuddering right now at the thought of that spectacle, you know how I felt! I immediately called my husband who left work, 5 minutes away from our house and came home. He grabbed her up, and he and my uncle drove a few blocks away to our family dentists' house.
The dentist stepped out onto his front porch and examined the traumatized patient while my husband held her. He then stuck his fingers in her mouth and popped the teeth into their rightful positions. One of the teeth came right out, but the others stayed in place and we never could tell there had been any trauma to it at all.
Since then she has always had a gap in the front right where that one tooth lost the battle with that tree.
And now she has lost her 2 front teeth for real.