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A Lost Tooth

This morning, as I was eating my breakfast and listening to Leila chatter to herself (and perhaps me too) while she brushed her teeth, the peace was broken with a startled cry. All of a sudden she came running from the bathroom, panicked and mouth bloodied.

“I’m sorry! I didn’t know this could happen!”

In a split second I went from trying to figure out how she silently smashed her face (there was no crash) to realizing she’d lost her first tooth. It took a few minutes of rinsing and a cool cloth on her tender gum, but eventually she transitioned from terrified to ecstatic. Just yesterday she was asking me when she’d lose her first tooth, and I was assuring her it would happen eventually.

I didn’t even know her sweet tooth was loose, and this morning was one of the few times that I felt I truly failed as a parent. It helped when I confessed my ignorance to her teacher, and she smiled and said, “That sounds like Leila.” When I was younger my preschool teacher said, “You have to really want to know the answer to a question before you ask Saba.” It seems my daughter is my exact opposite.

She could not wait to tell everyone she knew, so I suppose we are not that different. On the way to school Leila Face-timed with her grandparents to share the amazing news, and she wished we could be to school in “one second” so she could immediately tell her friends and teachers.

As for the tooth, we think it was lost to our plumbing system. I suggested Leila draw a picture with a brief note explaining the situation to leave for the tooth fairy. Of course I completely forgot that plan until after prayers were done. Thankfully the momentous milestone seems to be reward enough for our little one.

Leila Love

After hearing the name Matt, “That’s a funny name.”

Referring to not being able to watch a movie, “I don’t complain about it. A complains about it.”

Asking about the singing the alphabet song, “I did it backwards. Now frontwards or backwards?”

Talking about washing her hair (that gets washed after swimming), “I’ll give you a clue. We do something fun and then we have to do something every night.”

Referring to her latest creation of a “food city” made of blocks, “it’s anything you can dream of.”

After Daddy reminded her to drink water, “I have water breaks. Don’t worry!”

“Cause I wasn’t here. I was taking my weekend.”

Brainstorming why our restaurant beeper number was 27, “Maybe we took 27 minutes to get here.”

Patter-rens (How she says patterns)

Leila Love

“They’re hard words for like someone else, but they’re easy for me!”

“Mommy, why is your birthday on my snack day?”

Mommy: “I’m 35. Is that old, or not that old?” Leila: “Not that old. It could be like you’re a teenager.”

“This smells like the yoga studio, and I like this smell…I like to go there in your class with you.”

“No. We’re not tired. We’re never tired.” (Believe “we” is referring to kids in general.)

Mommy: “You have a cough too?” Leila: “No. I’m not like you! I have energy!”

Referring to her hole-in-one at putt-putt, “Daddy is this the time I got the puck in the hole?”

After Daddy told her to cancel the rain if she wanted to swim at the birthday party, “I’ve got some magic, but I guess it’s asleep.”

Wondering why her aunt was going to watch her while I worked, “Mommy, why doesn’t N work at the shop and you stay home and play with me?”