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It can't be time for lost teeth already! You just had her! Sigh. I love toothless grins too, and Annie's is especially adorable.


Love this post!!! My little guy just lost his 'who knows what number'tooth at this point, but all I know is the Tooth Fairy STRESSES me out!!! Yes, crazy, I know..but the pressure of light sleepers, trying to go in like a ninja, trying not to break my neck on a toy etc...ugh....seriously before you become a parent they should have you try out for these characters!!! I SUCK at the tooth fairy!!!! She is ADORABLE with a toothless grin! :)

Kathy C.

Charlie lost her first tooth on Saturday! She almost swallowed it while eating her Cheerios! I'm with you, I think this was a bigger deal for me that her first day of school, well, almost!!! :) Congrats to the toothless wonder!

Deanna H.

I love your family's coveted tooth fairy box!! How special and sweet!!
The title of your post reminded me of a poem/book written by Christian author Karen Kingsbury. I heard her on the Family Life Today radio program reciting her poem back in 2008. With 4 kiddos of my own, I have embraced her words of how easy it is to celebrate all the "firsts" in life, but just as important to remember all the "lasts".

"Let Me Hold You Longer"
by Karen Kingsbury

Long ago you came to me,
a miracle of firsts,
First smiles and teeth and baby steps,
a sunbeam on the burst.

But one day you will move away
and leave to me your past
And I will be left thinking of
a lifetime of your lasts…

The last time that I held a bottle
to your baby lips
The last time that I lifted you
and held you on my hip.

The last night when you woke up crying,
needing to be walked,
When last you crawled up with your blanket,
wanting to be rocked.

The last time when you ran to me,
still small enough to hold.
The last time that you said you’d marry
me when you grew old.

Precious, simple moments and
bright flashes from your past-
Would I have held on longer if
I’d known they were your last?

Our last adventure to the park,
your final midday nap,
The last time when you wore your favorite
faded baseball cap.

Your last few hours of kindergarten,
those last few days of first grade,
Your last at bat in Little League,
last colored picture made.

I never said good-bye to all
your yesterdays long passed.
So what about tomorrow-
will I recognize your lasts?

The last time that you catch a frog
in that old backyard pond.
The last time that you run barefoot
across our fresh-cut lawn.

Silly, scattered images
will represent your past.
I keep on taking pictures,
never quite sure of your lasts…

The last time that I comb your hair
or stop a pillow fight.
The last time that I pray with you
and tuck you in at night.

The last time when we cuddle
with a book, just me and you
The last time you jump in our bed
and sleep between us two.

The last piano lesson,
last vacation to the lake.
Your last few weeks of middle school,
last soccer goal you make.

I look ahead and dream of days
that haven’t come to pass.
But as I do, I sometimes miss
today’s sweet, precious lasts…

The last time that I help you with
a math or spelling test.
The last time when I shout that yes,
your room is still a mess.

The last time that you need me for
a ride from here to there.
The last time that you spend the night
with your old tattered bear.

My life keeps moving faster,
stealing precious days that pass,
I want to hold on longer-
want to recognize your lasts…

The last time that you need my help
with details of a dance.
The last time that you ask me for
advice about romance.

The last time that you talk to me
about your hopes and dreams.
The last time that you wear a jersey
for your high school team.

I’ve watched you grow and barely noticed
seasons as they pass.
If I could freeze the hands of time,
I’d hold on to your lasts.

For come some bright fall morning,
you’ll be going far away.
College life will beckon
in a brilliant sort of way.

One last hug, one last good-bye,
one quick and hurried kiss.
One last time to understand
just how much you’ll be missed.

I’ll watch you leave and think how fast
our time together passed.
Let me hold on longer, God,
to every precious last.


hmmm.....maybe just one more???? ;)
Congratulations, Annie!

Sara Mangan

Oh, Karen, I am right there with you on being so sad about the last "first lost tooth." My Anna has a loose one and she is a whole year younger than Annie. The dental hygienist in me usually loves everything tooth related but I will be honest, I have not even been able to bring myself to take a picture of her "barely hanging there" loose tooth. It makes me too sad....

Cindy Welch

I hear ya, but looking forward to experiencing them with my grandbaby's.


I'm feelin your pain. Haven't gotten to the last first lost tooth yet, but kindergarten is in our future this year. Ouch is right!


I too remember how I felt when my "baby" lost his first tooth. A milestone...and a reflection of how amazing our bodies are. Time will not stand still. Thinking of you. Of course, your photos are stellar!


I found dropping the kids off for middle school to be very hard! Harder than kindergarten. I love the photos on Annie's wall! Are they framed or canvases?


We just went through this last week as well! I haven't experienced the kindergarten trauma yet though since her birthday kept her out until next year, but it's looming :)

Ellen Patton

Cute photos. And I love all the hearts in her room.

Janelle Shultz

for this whole reason i've started thinking of grandkids...mind you my girls are 14, 11, & 7. another group of firsts will begin- in a different light. these lasts have made me a sappy soppy mess!


I cried when my baby girl Kaya lost her first tooth. My husband thought I was nuts, but things like that just break my heart because I know EVEN BEFORE THEY HAPPEN how much I am going to miss moments like this. :)
Awesome posts as always. I have been out of the habit of reading blogs lately but I try to check yours before bed because it simply makes my heart happy. My two girls are working on something to send to Chalin via the church address. That story was just great. You totally rock.
Kristi Sikora-Blankenship (used to work for Cropper Hopper)

Corina Turner

Kids tend to be excited about losing their tooth in exchange for $$$. Haha. But moms feel otherwise. I pretty much understand y’all moms here. It’s a normal feeling. Just go with the flow. Besides, the first lost tooth is a milestone that you and your child will share for the rest of your life. Cherish it.

Gayle shrader

So exciting for Annie! Sad for you though! They're growing up!!!!
My little girl lost her first tooth last week. She was so excited! I wish I had seen this post before that and created a tooth fairy box...might just have to do that before the next tooth comes out!
Oh and I miss your class already and it's only been a few days :(


Oh, just have one more....for your blog readers. LOL!!! :)

I love those toothless grins too!!!

Michelle B

oh my gosh! So cute!!! And i love those hearts handing by her bed! So wonderful. Great pictures as always :)


So cute! I just love those hearts above her bed, I'm a sucker for hearts! Hope the tooth fairy brought her tons of cash! :)

Tammy Mellish

I do love me a toothless grin! Last week, my last born lost her first tooth too. I have to confess though that I was SO wiped that night that I took to asking my first born if she would stand in as the Tooth Fairy so that I could go to bed because Chloe was MUCH to anxious to fall asleep and Mikaela can never fall asleep before 9:30! Lame, I know!

Carrie Thompson

Hi Karen...Carrie here...Mady lost her first tooth about 3 weeks ago and boy did it sting...I was in tears and everything...I think it's the thought that this is one more first that's in the books and a sign that she's no longer a baby...blah...such tough milestones...but great pictures!!!


I LOVE the hearts hanging above her bed and that there are pics of her arranged on either side! So sweet. (Love, Merrie- current student :)


Oh Karen, I am with you on the last firsts... my kids are 24, 14 and just turned 5. I have dreaded the last firsts.. this last one is growing up 1000's times faster it feels like too. So unfair in my book. I love the photos!! I am really working hard on trying to get my photos as pretty. I can't afford photo classes, so lots of playing and keep snapping.


Isnt she cute! Yes, mine too recently lost a bunch of baby teeth, it is bittersweet. The dentist called them "popcorn teeth" because once one falls out they all get wiggly and fall out. Sad but true. please give us a peek at the rest of Annies sweet room!

Elvera Matos

That's a milestone worth keeping, Karen, although $1000 might bankrupt the Tooth Fairy, LOL. The first lost tooth should always be at the bottom-middle part, which is called as mandibular central incisor. It should be followed by the top two middle teeth, then canines, first molars, and second molars. By the time she reaches 11 to 13, all baby teeth should be gone.

Jona Panesa

awwww. I wonder how she will react when she finds out about tooth fairy? How I wish my son grew up to know more about Santa claus and Tooth Fairies. He knows that SAnta is just fictional beacause his older cousin said so.

Elizabeth C,

So cute. What a fun (but sad) milestone!

I'd love to hear more about the photo displays on her walls. Canvases? Size? I'd love to do something that like in Matthew's room.

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I love this child smile... Beautiful picture....


My baby lost her first tooth this week. I love these photos!!! But, I hadn't felt nostalgic about it, until I read this post!

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Coley did an awesome job with the photos! Totally love your comment about the nice lady.... after you realized you could catch her if needed.... that is so how my brain works! haha

Calandra Janocha

She’s so cute with that big smile of hers, and her tooth fairy box really suits her cute and charming looks. Given her happy face and aura, I assume the process of losing her first tooth went well. I hope it’ll be like just as easy when she has to lose her other teeth to give way for permanent ones.

Calandra Janocha

She’s so cute with that big smile of hers, and her tooth fairy box really suits her cute and charming looks. Given her happy face and aura, I assume the process of losing her first tooth went well. I hope it’ll be like just as easy when she has to lose her other teeth to give way for permanent ones.

Randal Cole

She’s so cute with that big smile of hers, and her tooth fairy box really suits her charming personality. I’m sure that she has the same confidence whenever she’s at school. I wish her the best of luck on her tooth fairy quest! =)

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