The Last Perfect Smile…

by Janice

Look at that smile!

Oh, my baby girl is just so delicious! I grabbed this super sweet shot during our visit to Discovery Cove.

Little did I know at the time, that it would be the last shot I would ever have of her perfect little baby teeth…

No longer perfect, but still just as sweet!

The next day, while her brother and Daddy were enjoying the Indiana Jones show at Hollywood Studios, Olivia took a spill on the concrete steps at the park.

It was just a little, toddler trip — marked only with a two minute session of tears. But later that day I noticed something different about her smile. My little Livie had chipped her tooth!

Honestly I have no idea HOW she managed to chip her tooth! When she stumbled on the stairs, I was right with her and she didn’t seem to even hit anything. But I guess her tooth must have hit the ground. Poor thing.

Liv is an energetic and adventurous girl who has us constantly chasing her. So really, I think her chipped tooth smile suits her. Just one more souvenir of her busy toddler years. :)

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1 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls February 14, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Aww, her smile is so sweet either way! :)


2 cutiepiescustomcreations February 14, 2009 at 3:04 pm

That happened to my now 6 y/o too…I couldnt even pinpoint when it happened, it was that minor of an incident. Same tooth.


3 Annie February 14, 2009 at 3:10 pm

My little guy chipped his front tooth after what I considered a relatively minor fall.

Had him checked out at the dentist and she confirmed it was chipped but needed no treatment – that it was ‘just fine’


4 Just Mom February 14, 2009 at 3:18 pm

She’s a sweetie, with or without a chipped tooth.


5 Pam February 14, 2009 at 3:47 pm

She’s adorable.

My little guy broke his whole front tooth off. I couldn’t belive it. He fell on the tile in our house. He actually ended up having to get it pulled last week. Sigh. Never a dull moment with kiddos eh?

Here’s the link to his chipped tooth.


6 Chris February 14, 2009 at 3:57 pm

My lo chipped her first tooth when she was 9 months old or so…she fell in her crib! Craziness! She chipped the same tooth a second time when she was 14 months old and we have no idea when that happened. I’ll be amazed if she keeps it until it ‘naturally’ falls out!!!


7 Naomi February 14, 2009 at 4:17 pm

I can’t believe how grown up she looks! Wow, time really does fly.


8 Carrie February 14, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Both of my boys have small chips on the exact same tooth!!!


9 casual friday everyday February 14, 2009 at 8:49 pm

No chips yet. Does it hurt her? She is still just as adorable as ever, of course.



10 susieshomemade February 14, 2009 at 9:39 pm

You scared me! I thought you were going to say something worse!! I am glad it was just a chipped tooth:-)


11 Angie February 14, 2009 at 10:35 pm

She is beautiful! And with a smile like that, it doesn’t appear to be hurting her too badly!


12 Alane Michels February 14, 2009 at 11:04 pm

How cute!! At least she’s got teeth left. My daughter lost one of her front teeth at 2 & the other one about a year later. She’s now 5 & we’re still waiting :)


13 The Happy Housewife February 14, 2009 at 11:35 pm

What a great smile, chipped tooth or no chipped tooth. We were at Hollywood Studios last month and we loved the Indiana Jones show. My husband was picked to be one of the extras so the kids thought it was even better!


14 Mozi Esmes Mommy February 15, 2009 at 12:00 am

Awww! Beautiful smile! I know there’s something about trying desparately to keep your kid as perfect as the day she was born, but once the first “blemish” appears, you realize that she’s still perfect anyway!


15 Beyond Prenatals February 15, 2009 at 12:24 am

Like Suzie, I thought you were going to say something worse too. I am glad it was just a tooth. She is a cutie!


16 Michelle Wyson February 15, 2009 at 1:06 am

She is a beautiful girl. I love that photo you got of her.


17 Melonie (Momma & More) February 15, 2009 at 2:30 am

She does look adorable both ways. I’m so glad she’s okay though! My daughter fell when she was about 18 months and we didn’t realize it, but she had hairline cracks in both her front teeth. We didn’t know until they actually cracked further a year later. :-( The dentists tried to fix them with flouride paint and other things, but the only way to really “fix” it would have been to put her under and put caps on. Oy!

So glad your little gal’s okay!


18 Upstatemomof3 February 15, 2009 at 7:51 am

Well, she looks very cute with a chipped tooth. A few years ago my friends daughter fell getting out of their car (she was three at the time) and she hit her face so hard her tooth had to be extracted. Ouch!!!


19 Carey February 15, 2009 at 9:04 am

Shes so cute! Beautiful smile.


20 Kelly February 15, 2009 at 10:32 am

She’s a doll – either way!

I remember when my daughter did that – she was 3 and was running down the driveway to meet me. Totally wiped out on the blacktop and chipped almost 1/3 of her front tooth. I was so scared at first! We came to love her new smile just as much as the perfect one:)


21 Veggiemomof2 February 15, 2009 at 10:54 am

Don’t worry! With the pictures that size, I couldn’t even tell!


22 Adventures In Babywearing February 15, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Oh, you should read Gretchen’s post today at 5 Minutes For Parenting! We ALL can relate!



23 Sharla February 15, 2009 at 4:37 pm

I couldn’t even tell! She is ADORABLE!


24 RefreshMom February 15, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Aww–it’s hard to see the perfect smiles go, isn’t it? It’s nice that you got such a great shot of it though!


25 Heather February 15, 2009 at 11:29 pm

My son chipped his tooth when he was about 15 months. It was quite an experience and we had to have emergency dental x-rays. Not fun. He was fine though and his tooth was okay, but he did need to have a sealant put on it. It will be strange when he loses that tooth in another year or 2 and gets a whole tooth there again!


26 willowsprite February 15, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Eurgh! Things that happen to the face always freak me out. Maybe because I’ve had so many stitches in mine. My poor nephew (5yrs) just recently fell down the stairs and popped out both front teeth.


27 Jen February 16, 2009 at 1:57 am

Awww.. I bet no one will even notice because just look at her beautiful smile Janice. She is too cute for words!!!


28 Christy February 16, 2009 at 9:54 am

When my little girl knocked her front tooth out, I think I was more traumatized than she was. She was only three and is still waiting for the permanent tooth to come in.

The funny thing is that everybody still is asking her when she lost her tooth. I kindly say three years ago and they are in disbelief because they didn’t notice it before?!? Now I can’t imagine her having a tooth there!


29 Carrie February 16, 2009 at 4:11 pm

My son chipped his tooth on a toy, of all things. I don’t even notice it now – it’s part of his charm. :)


30 Amanda February 18, 2009 at 12:52 am

aww, she is still beautiful!

my Sammy chipped one of her BIG teeth last September. poor girl!


31 Katie February 18, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Well, i must admit she is looking so cute and pretty.


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