I didn’t get to see his first smile. I didn’t get to see him roll over for the first time. I missed the first time he pulled himself up with the help of his barren, metal crib. I didn’t get to see his first tooth poke through. I didn’t get to see him crawl for the first time. I missed so much.
I missed all of those first year milestones.
But yesterday, my 4.5 year old Little Man lost his first tooth.
I cannot express in words how much each milestone means to me. I know, like many who are parents through adoption, what it feels like to miss out on so many of them. I savor and treasure the milestones we experience together.
And yes, it is a bit young to be losing teeth. In fact, Little Man has two more ready to come out. My son has had major dental issues from the time he first arrived home. He has had surgery and many procedures to salvage the wreckage of extreme and early malnourishment.
But yesterday, non of that mattered. All that I could see was my sweet, precious son standing before me, beaming with pride and sharing a special moment with his lucky mama. My heart was soaring.
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What’s the most recent milestone you celebrated with your child?