Remember this photo from back in late November? The tooth that wouldn’t fall out. Such a journey for one little baby tooth! Way back when little Lo was just two years old, she fell down the stairs and bumped her mouth pretty hard. We worried about the tooth then, and again a few weeks later when she fell off the sofa (shortly before Auntie M and Uncle Tripp’s wedding) and hit it again. The tooth darkened slightly, but it didn’t fall out. The dentist took a ‘wait and see’ approach. So we waited.
Two years later, as a 4 year old on an Italian playground in the Borghese gardens, Lola took a header off the swings and hit that same tooth again. Hard. It was bleeding and totally sideways in her mouth, but we were in Rome for the summer! So Raymond bravely pushed the tooth back more or less into position and we headed off for gelatto and a carousel ride. I was sure that tooth would fall out before we returned to the States. But it held on.
It wasn’t until another two years had passed that the tooth started to show signs of struggle. It gradually began to turn an odd pinkish color and wiggled ever so slightly. But by this time Lola was a six year old first grader! She had already lost her two bottom teeth – it was simply the right time for that tooth to let go.
But it didn’t let go. It held on, and on, and on. We visited the dentist, but he said it will come out soon. So we waited. And still that tooth held on.
The permanent tooth came in, but it didn’t push the baby tooth out. The other front tooth started to wiggle. And then it stopped – held tightly in place by the pink tooth. The second permanent tooth started to come in behind as well.
It was time to visit the dentist again.
Lola and Daddy were both very brave. Mommy, getting updates via text message at work, was a nervous wreck. But in the end, a little Novocaine and a few tugs were all it took to remove Lola’s two front baby teeth. I can’t get over how big the permanent tooth is – and how far in it has already come! I’m so glad I get to see her with at least a semi-toothless grin for a little while. My beautiful baby girl is growing up!!