A lesson learned

Hello everybody!

I hope you guys are well.

This past Sunday, my daughter lost her second tooth.  I know what you’re thinking, “here comes another crazy mom detailing every single milestone her child goes through.”  And yes, I do that once and awhile, but there’s more to this story and I wanted to share it with you.

My daughter had wiggled her tooth to the point where it was unattached (in the back), but still hanging on tight (in the front).  This, of course was driving her nuts because she wanted a certain fairy to pay her a visit so she begged me to take it out.  I tried, but couldn’t bring myself to complete the mission because I didn’t want to damage her gums or something, I don’t know.  Then my husband calmly came into the bathroom with a tissue in hand and gently, but swiftly, took the tooth out like nothing.  Olivia and I were shocked and then the excitement ensued.  She wanted to place the tooth under her pillow a.s.a.p.  I, on the other hand started panicking a little because I wasn’t ready with the little surprises the “tooth fairy” was going to leave behind and it was already bedtime.  Lucky for me, my husband came to the rescue, once again, and found two chocolate gold coins for me, I mean the tooth fairy, to place under Olivia’s pillow as well as a crisp dollar bill and a lost tooth certificate (I printed that out after my daughter went to bed).

As we prepared to tuck Olivia into bed, she suddenly remembered something.  She told us that a classmate had taken her tooth to school to show everyone.  We asked her who and her excited face completely shifted into a more serious, sad-looking face as she remembered something else.  The same little girl didn’t want Olivia to sit next to her one day.  Olivia’s quivering voice and innocent, sad eyes simply broke my heart.  She continued to tell us how this little girl didn’t want to be friends with her as well and that she didn’t know why.  We reassured her that it was ok and with that my daughter remembered her tooth and her excitement returned.  Just like that and I learned a lesson from my daughter.  She wasn’t going to let that incident in the past take away from her current joy.  Of course that lesson learned was short and sweet for me because it wasn’t easy to go back to the happiness at hand.  I was still dwelling on the fact that my daughter’s feelings were hurt.  It was gut wrenching seeing my little girl’s smile turned upside down and hearing her say, “I don’t know why she didn’t want to be my friend.”  As a parent, you never want your child to get hurt, but deep down inside we know that it’s part of life and that it’s going to happen, no matter what, because we can’t be with them 24/7.  We can though teach our children to be kind to others and stand up for those who need help.  Those are the lessons that I’m going to be teaching my girls as well as many others.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

School pictures are in and first report card!

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  I understand it now.  Parenthood is a very tricky world, to say the least, and I’ve always known about that part, in fact it almost made me not want to enter it, but the joys that come along with being a parent are many and every moment that’s new for me, as a parent, is very exciting.  I used to think, “What’s the big deal?” whenever a friend, who happened to be a parent, gushed about simple things their kids did.  But I get it now.  It’s the fact that it’s your kid going through or learning something and you get to share in their joys or sorrow.  You have a powerful connection with them and of course you want to share it with the world, but not everyone will see it through your eyes or heart.  They’ll politely say, “That’s nice,” but they can’t feel your enormous bond with your child.  It’s uniquely yours and I understand it now.

A few days ago when I went to pick up my daughter after school, I noticed all the kids were holding something in their hands.  It was a large envelope and even from afar I could see my daughter’s sweet, little face peering through the clear cellophane paper in the middle of the envelope.  It was their school pictures! My heart leapt inside of me with so much anticipation.  Oh, I couldn’t wait to see the pictures and my daughter couldn’t wait to show me.  She darted towards me, holding out her envelope with pride.  We looked at it, said “WOW,” and broke out in giggles.  Needless to say we hurried home.  Her portrait picture came in various sizes and I loved searching for her little face in the class picture.  When I found her, I thought, “there’s my daughter” and I wondered if my mom thought the same thing when she received my first class picture and searched for my face.  I understand it now.

As for her first report card, we went yesterday and it was a thrill to hear that our sweet Olivia was meeting all the standards and impressing her teacher non-stop every day.  It filled my heart with pride.  I’m really enjoying these new moments as a parent of a Kindergartener, even though I still have to let her go out into the real world.  Can you imagine what I’m going to be like once graduation rolls around?  I’m going to go insane with happiness.

My pride and joy!

Stay alert, stay alive.

Until next time…