Big Day

Big Day

We had a momentous day at the Cottrell household this week. Levi lost his first tooth. Now, everybody loses their teeth, I know. But there’s something about that younger child who has watched his older siblings lose one tooth after another. When his day comes, it is a big one…and his patience is rewarded with all the blood and pain that he has so longed for.

It took a few days of wiggling and pushing and pulling and nervous jumping and encouraging and staring into the mirror and carrying of many barely-bloody kleenexes. But yeeha! It happened. Here are a few photos to celebrate the journey…I sure do love that sweet face…

Can’t you see? Clearly, it is just barely hanging there. :>)

Let me do it!

Wait a minute. This is going to hurt, isn’t it?

We even pose for a picture at the THOUGHT of the tooth coming out soon.

I am going to will it out.

Woo hoo! My daddy pulled my tooth!

What time is it? 6:30? Wow, I think I’m already ready for bed for some strange reason. I got the tooth. Good night.

Do I get extra money for cuteness?

And, in honor of the tooth fairy, enjoy this funny clip.

(Stay with it…the last line is worth the wait.)


  1. Cindy on July 22, 2008 at 5:51 am

    Congratulations Levi!!! Way to go! Hope the Tooth Fairy was good to ya. My Rebekah is getting ready to lose her last tooth, thank goodness. From the day she realizes she has a loose tooth until the day it comes out she is miserable. She definitely got that from me. My Abigail loves to have loose teeth and she loves to pull them herself. But mostly I think she loves to terrorize me by following me around and making it wiggle and stick out of her mouth. The grosser the better. For some reason she thinks that is funny.

    Cindy in Weaverville

  2. Kelly S. on July 22, 2008 at 6:07 am

    Precious! and You most certainly get extra money for cuteness.

    Heard on the news that Boone has a terrorist on the loose……His first stop was Wal-Mart.

  3. Fran on July 22, 2008 at 6:34 am

    Surely the cuteness factor helped get the boy an extra one or two dollars! 🙂

    Congrats Levi! You are all grown up now.

    Have a great day.

  4. Darlene R. on July 22, 2008 at 7:00 am

    Woohoo on the tooth, Levi! I’m sure you were very brave.

    My youngest boy can’t wait to lose a tooth. He can’t understand why he still needs his BABY teeth. He IS 6!

    Funny clip, by the way. ha! 🙂

  5. Yoli on July 22, 2008 at 7:02 am

    That was the cutest post. An exciting day for sure!!

  6. connorcolesmom on July 22, 2008 at 8:08 am

    YEAH for Levi
    My 4 yr old keeps telling me on a daily basis that his tooth is loose – LOL
    They are so cute 🙂
    I love the pics

  7. The Kaylor Kastle on July 22, 2008 at 8:19 am

    So fun! Our 6 year old just lost her 2 front teeth and what a celebration it was here in the Kaylor Kastle. But I too have a Tooth Fairy confession…sometimes our Tooth Fairy forgets to leave the money til during breakfast time because she really really likes her sleep. ;o)

  8. Leslie on July 22, 2008 at 9:03 am

    That clip is stinkin’ hilarious! Confession is good for the soul, ya know?

    Congratulations, Levi!

  9. KMac on July 22, 2008 at 9:48 am

    what’s more disturbing than the video, is that you KNEW about it to include it…
    lookin’ smokin’ hot there Levi!

  10. Daniel Semsen on July 22, 2008 at 11:57 am

    sometimes I eat the tooth.

  11. Cathy on July 22, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    My five year old son (third of three boys) came to me yesterday and told me his tooth hurt. I looked at it, and sure enough…it’s loose! When I told him, he breathlessly exclaimed, “I have a loose tooth?” and wrapped a big old bear hug of joy around my neck. Then he leaned back, and said, “Mama, your baby is growing up.” Yeah, I guess he is. Big old sigh.

  12. Elise on July 22, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    What a momentous day!

    This reminds me of the story Priscilla Shirer told about her son loosing his tooth…and them paying him with his own birthday money! 🙂

  13. Lisa Pierre on July 22, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    He is the most beautiful boy!

  14. Adam Owens on July 22, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    OMG.. that video was great.. But those voices..ahhh..

    Congrats to Levi. What a joyous moment. Fun times.

  15. Anonymous on July 22, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    FUNNY!! I’m a dental hygienist and sometimes I don’t want to take the tooth either!!!

  16. Tiffani Long on July 22, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Wow…congrats to Levi!! He is presh!! My son will be 8 in Sept., did you hear me?? 8 and the boy doesn’t even have one HOPE of a loose tooth. They are as tight as tight can be in that blonde little head of his…so we SO understand the blog worthiness of this momentous event!!!

  17. Cinde on July 22, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks for the chuckle – that video was so funny. My 10 year old daughter lost a tooth about a month ago and the tooth fairy still hasn’t come. She asked me if the tooth fairy was broke…I said “No, ‘she’ has money but she’s too tired to get up in the night and make the trade…just help yourself and take a dollar out of ‘her’ wallet!”

  18. Holly on July 22, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Yay Levi!! I know that is such an exciting first for him.

    And the video? Quite silly 🙂 Quite!

    In fact, it inspired me to dig out some old songs on youtube from when Chris and I began dating 18 years ago, yesterday. Check it out, when you can. The mullets are way fun!

  19. MC on July 25, 2008 at 10:26 am

    The Tooth Fairy video was TOO funny. I remember once falling asleep before I could “leave the money” for Jeff. Boy did we have some story to make up the next morning when he went looking. MC

  20. His Forevermore in GA on July 25, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    That video was too funny! Congrats to Levi!! As I was reading the comments, I was relieved to see that other “tooth fairies” have enjoyed their sleep too! My poor kids just go get a ziploc bag, put the tooth in, tag it (name and date), put it in the keep sake drawer and tell me they need a $1 for the tooth! Doesn’t do much for the mama ego but hopefully I make up for it in other areas…by the way my kids are 15, 14, and 11…I’m on the endside of this childhood passage! Enjoy those precious years they pass too quickly!

  21. jennyhope on July 26, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    sometimes I spit on the children!!! I about died!! YAY Levi on that tooth!!! I hope the tooth fairy did not spit on him

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