All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
They say the years fly by, and to remember each moment as they come. I was dropping off my children at school recently. I looked into the rear view mirror and saw my son in a new way. One moment a gummy grin, the next a pair of Chiclets.
He’s growing up!
This little guy was nicknamed “sparrow” at birth. His small and slender stature at 6 pounds and 2 ounces was remnant of a little baby bird. He was our surprise pregnancy. A Christmas present birth. Our Gabriel. Just months ago he had long unruly hair and a mouth full of baby teeth. Today, as I look back at him through the mirror, I see a clean cut little boy with a mouth full of missing and loose teeth. We plan to celebrate his 8th birthday this week, with his little boy ways still present.
‘Good’ I think to myself. ‘Give me a little more time.’
The realm of parenting takes us on a never-ending merry-go-round. The round and round and round of it all. Sometimes it’s a whirlwind of thrill. Other times we want to just get off. These feelings are normal, natural, and needed. We learn to appreciate the good times and enjoy the moments. We learn to grow and adapt with the unpleasant times.
It’s not meant to be all roses, and it’s not suppose to be all thorns.
This little boy has taught me true patience. He has pulled out my silly side. My sparrow has opened my eyes on how to parent my children; each individually how they need to be. He has shown me what unconditional love is. My son has introduced me to a magnificent and spunky group of ‘Moxie Mamas’ that I call my forever friends. He is the one that opened the flood of passion to my doula career.
One day we’re glancing into the rear view mirror hoping that the small rear facing snuggled babe stays asleep long enough to get home. The next, you glance back to your Little is covered in sticky goodness smiling from ear to ear, with a mouth full of baby teeth. Another glance back into the mirror; and they are a month from turning another year older with a hodge podge of baby and adult teeth. Then you blink. And there’s a big kid staring back at you! Two teeth have now began to fill in the toothless front gap.
My Sparrow is getting his two front teeth for Christmas!