The Fallen Soldier

(Let’s just get this out of the way. No one has guessed the name. Yet.)

Last December, Whoorlito’s top teeth had a particularly shudder-inducing run-in with the bottom shelf of a steel baker’s rack. It was directly following one of his dramatic exits, usually involving my request to do something highly undesirable (such as finish eating his lunch or cleaning up his cars…I know, I am a TYRANT…) where he flails his arms, screams and runs full speed into his bedroom. I have no idea where he inherited these kind of ardent entrances and exits. This time, however, he tripped over his feet and made direct oral contact with a massive shelf.

I knew the minute he starting crying that this wasn’t any ordinary bump and bruise situation. That assumption was quickly verified when he looked up at me with blood spewing out of his mouth all over our kitchen floor. That’s the thing about mouth injuries in toddlers. Lots of blood + Lots of screaming = Bonafide Blood Sprinkler That Shall Not Cease.

Additionally, his two front teeth were not in their normal place.

I freaked the hell out.

I tried to stop the bleeding, called the dentist and hauled ass to her office.

I had all sorts of thoughts running through my head while driving to the office. Mainly, MY CHILD WILL HAVE NO FRONT TEETH. We might as well take up residence at a trailer park while donning matching mullets!

Now, a tooth being knocked out at any age is traumatic, but the thought is a little easier to swallow when the child is let’s say 5 or 6 and is expecting their permanent teeth to arrive within a year or two. Let me remind you, my child is three years old. We would be waiting for 3-4 years for his front permanent teeth to arrive. 3-4 YEARS IS A LONG TIME TO HAVE NO FRONT TEETH, PEOPLE.

I tweeted about it and received so many super helpful emails about pediatric partials, fake teeth and generalized “Oh girl, I’ve been there” responses. (Thank you, by the way.) When we met with Wito’s dentist, she made the executive decision not to pull the teeth. She explained that, although Wito’s roots had been 100% severed, toddler gums were extremely resilient and could tighten around the tooth and keep it in place indefinitely. It would be an uphill battle for us because Wito was a thumbsucker which couldn’t possibly help with the gums firming up, though. It would be a wait and see situation.

Well, I am happy to report that those (quite loose) teeth held on for 6 months. 6 months of thumb-sucking, 6 months of apple-biting, 6 months of crazed preschooler antics.

Pearly whites intact!

Until yesterday. Yesterday, one tooth tossed up the white flag. The Dangler, as we liked to call it. A quick trip to the dentist, some high-potency topical anesthetic and The Dangler was no longer.

Au Revior, Dangler.

Wito seems to be taking it well. Actually, I am too. What’s three years, really? (Uh, A REALLY LONG TIME, that’s what. Whatevs.)

Luckily for Wito, he had a very special visitor deliver a very special dollar bill while he snoozed last night.

Wito would like you all to know that he hopes to purchase a “toy and a drink” with his “one money.”

Rest in peace, Dangler.

  • sizzle

    June 10, 2010 at 9:59 am

    He’s getting cuter by the minute. I think the missing tooth gives him character. He’s flawlessly adorable to start with so now he just seems edgy. A 3 year old with grit. ;-)

    Awww, that makes me happy. Thanks, Sizz.

    .-= sizzle´s last blog ..The Wild West =-.

  • Danielle (elleinadspir)

    June 10, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Where did you get that tooth money holder? Love it! And I think he is just as adorable as ever! That kid can pull off anything!

    Thanks, Danielle. That was actually the container the dentist gave us containing his tooth. Isn’t it cute? I love it!!

    .-= Danielle (elleinadspir)´s last blog ..Food Glorious Food – Part 9 (Orzo) =-.

  • Diane

    June 10, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Not that you need me to tell you this, but he is still just as cute as ever. Love the tooth holder.

    And since I haven’t guessed yet, I’ll say … Mathilde, Marja, Marny, Miriel, Mona, and … Mascara.
    .-= Diane´s last blog ..Girl Talk Thursday – BOOKS! =-.

  • hikooky

    June 10, 2010 at 10:28 am

    When my now 7-year old had his front tooth pulled at age 4 (playground accident), it definitely took awhile to get used to the new look. I am happy to say, the permanent tooth came in right on time, at age 6.5, along with his other front tooth. I do miss that adorable toothless smile from time to time, though. It caused him to whistle his S’s – priceless.

  • Kaleigha

    June 10, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I love a toothless child. Adorable!!!
    .-= Kaleigha´s last blog ..Introducing…Bryan Rupp Photography. =-.

  • Sonja von Franck

    June 10, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Beautiful as always!!

  • Jen

    June 10, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Now that I’m the mother of a toddler, one who also flails and thrashes and runs around our house with reckless abandon, I am so worried about this exact type of injury. The other night, Rowan was twirling around the living room with the (blunt) end of a comb near his mouth, and suddenly he fell forward, and the comb scraped the roof of his mouth, causing some blood and much woe. I immediately search his mouth (and the floor) looking for missing or loose teeth, but we lucked out — this time!

    For the record, Wito is still so stinking cute without the tooth. And seeing what the tooth fairy left on his nightstand made me smile from ear to ear. :)

  • Kate

    June 10, 2010 at 10:49 am

    My friend Kim was able to get her daughter’s front tooth replaced with a very natural looking fake tooth after she had a similar accident (at a similar age). Insurance covered the whole thing, and then they had the tooth pulled when she was six or so, to make way for the adult tooth to grow in.

  • Groovymarlin

    June 10, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Love the little tooth container. I have to find one in the next two years, ha ha!

    Oh, and the name suggestion “Mascara” is FULL. OF. WIN.
    .-= Groovymarlin´s last blog ..Discipline: We Gots It =-.

  • Amy Columbus

    June 10, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Since I haven’t guessed…Maris?

  • Rachel Shingleton

    June 10, 2010 at 10:59 am

    OMG, he just got that much cuter w/ his little missing tooth. I love it. He is too precious.

    Lovin’ that tee he’s wearing, too – where’d you find it, if you don’t mind me asking?

    Thank you! It’s from Olive Juice and my very favorite. I just keep ordering the next larger size. (Although, I just looked on their website and couldn’t find it. I think they are going through a redesign, though…give it a week or two…)

    .-= Rachel Shingleton´s last blog ..Ballard Designs – a good sale! =-.

  • Carrie

    June 10, 2010 at 10:59 am

    OMG he is adorable. I love this child and he looks like a million bucks sans the dangler. This will be a story for the family annals.

    You tell it like no other. Busting up over here!!
    .-= Carrie´s last blog ..Pass the Bubbly =-.

  • Tina

    June 10, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Still adorable…and the same thing happened to my cousin when he was two. Back then, there was no saving the teeth. So he was Toothless Timothy until he was 5 or 6. He was cute as a button though….

  • C @ Kid Things

    June 10, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Aw, he’s cute! And it actually makes him look older, if that helps. Like he could completely fit in with the 1st and 2nd graders. Or, you could just stick a chiclet up in there, because you know, that’s original.

    HA! Chiclets! I am actually nervous about him looking older – he is already so tall and very verbal and I’m afraid people are going to expect so much more from him…good thing he can read, right?

    .-= C @ Kid Things´s last blog ..Fashionista =-.

  • Sarah

    June 10, 2010 at 11:08 am

    So adorable with The Dangler gone!

  • Angella

    June 10, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I already said this via email and Flickr, but he’s as cute as ever (if not CUTER).
    .-= Angella´s last blog ..Ready To Run =-.

  • Home Sweet Sarah

    June 10, 2010 at 11:16 am

    At least in true HT fashion, you had your hair-dos planned out in case of a necessary move to a trailer park!

    Am also now officially going to call one dollar bills “one money” because that’s basically the cutest thing ever.

    (If only I could get an adult drink with one money!)


  • sarah

    June 10, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Oh, I am so sorry, my children losing teeth is a big fear of mine b/c of the length of time before they get new ones. On the positive side, Wito is far from trailer trash and looks very cute with just 1 front tooth. Maybe he will be one that gets his permanents in early.

    One can only hope! Interestingly enough, my dentist said that if a child loses their tooth around 4.5 to 5 years old, it actually quickens the permanent tooth’s arrival. Unfortunately, that concept doesn’t hold true if they lose it at 3 or before. Weird, huh?

    .-= sarah´s last blog ..endings =-.

  • Home Sweet Sarah

    June 10, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Okay, so no Maven I see, after going back and searching through the comments.

    How about Mari?

    Or Michal?

    Or Mona?

    Or Marna?
    .-= Home Sweet Sarah´s last blog ..A Working Blog Post Title Production* =-.

  • whoorl

    June 10, 2010 at 11:28 am

    You all need to quit guessing while you still have your dignity. ;)

  • bethany actually

    June 10, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Aww, Wito looks good with a gap-toothed grin. The main drawback (other than not having a tooth there for three years) is that now people are going to think he’s even older than he is. Good thing he’s so advanced for his age in many ways, it won’t be tough for him to pass for 5. ;-)

    My cousin’s kid had a problem with his two front teeth when he was about Wito’s age and had to have them pulled. He wore dentures for a bit but they didn’t work out and he just went around missing his two front teeth for a few years. He’s 12 now and is a perfectly well-adjusted kid with all his teeth.
    .-= bethany actually´s last blog ..say cheese =-.

  • stephanie

    June 10, 2010 at 11:47 am

    What’s 3 years? Only a lifetime to Wito, right? :-) Good thing he looks so cute toothless!

    I haven’t gone through all the previous guesses, so mine are likely duplicates but here goes anyway…


  • jcristg

    June 10, 2010 at 11:52 am

    The haircut + the gap = total little man!

    A few new ones… (I think?)

  • Kerri Anne

    June 10, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I love Sizzle’s comment. And agree wholeheartedly. True Grit, Adorable Toddler Edition, starring Derby and directed by Clint Eastwood.

    Also, that might be the cutest tooth fairy deposit box I’ve ever seen.
    .-= Kerri Anne´s last blog ..Interest In Your Bold Rejection Of Social Norms As Evidenced By Your Dyed Hair =-.

  • Laura in LA

    June 10, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    He is a cutie. I hate that you had to go through such trauma, scary times!


  • Lyndsay

    June 10, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Where’d you get the darling striped shirt?

  • Jammer

    June 10, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    I literally just got my wisdom teeth taken last week…I didn’t even think about hitting up the tooth fairy after…darn it
    .-= Jammer´s last blog ..Oh, how I can’t wait until you go on sale… =-.

  • Trinity(of haiku tofu)

    June 10, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    He looks cute without that tooth. 3 years of cuteness ahead. also- is the girl Monet?
    .-= Trinity(of haiku tofu)´s last blog ..Yellow Rice, Black Beans, Fried Bananas, YUM. =-.

  • Rachel

    June 10, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    3-4 years IS along time without a front tooth. You know what else is a long time with one front tooth? SIX. I lost my front baby teeth in kindergarten and one of them didn’t grow in until I was in SIXTH GRADE. I had braces before I had all my teeth. There were extra teeth up in my gums impeding my front tooth from growing in. 3 years doesn’t seem so bad now does it? At least Wito won’t go to middle school missing a front tooth :) Plus he looks adorable!

  • Kristyn

    June 10, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I have no pride…

    Miffy (o.k not really)
    Macca Pacca (sometimes preschoolers can be quite influential when naming siblings)

  • Kristyn

    June 10, 2010 at 1:12 pm


    I’m so sorry about his little tooth, but being adorable is clearly not going to be a problem for him.

  • martymankins

    June 10, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    The toy and should be a Hot Wheels car and a YooHoo. Of course, he may need his mom to kick in “a little extra” :-)

  • Kelly

    June 10, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    I’m going to guess Marion/Marian.

  • Rebecca (Bearca)

    June 10, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    He’s a doll, teeth or no.
    .-= Rebecca (Bearca)´s last blog ..I can’t believe I’m posting this =-.

  • Kristyn

    June 10, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Oh I have more…


    I think I’ll stop now….it’s just that my MIL is coming over and I am cleaning and a tad bored.

  • AmeliaMac (Christina)

    June 10, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I knocked out a front tooth when I was about 18 months old – a little accident involving my sister forgetting to close a screen door, me leaning up against it, it falling open, and me crashing down face first – with my tiny little tooth catching on the door on my way down, and ripping out. I had a mouthful of stitches for a WHILE.

    Because my luck is awesome, I was completely without a front tooth until I was about 7 (only 5.5 years, right?)… and then that bastard tooth took THREE YEARS to fully grow in. I have so many damn pictures where I have HALF a front tooth. It was hot, let me tell you.

    All that to say, I turned out to be a fairly well-adjusted adult with some perfectly normal teeth – despite the trauma caused by spending 7 years with awful hair and no/half a tooth ;) Wito looks adorable, with or without a front tooth!

  • mommymae

    June 10, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    we’re in the throes of a tooth losing debacle in my house. my 8 year old passed out, fell on her face & broke a permanent tooth in february. she got a crown, but the root didn’t heal, so she’s getting a root canal next week. ugh.

    little dude looks pretty stinkin’ cute with a missing tooth.
    .-= mommymae´s last blog ..that blasted tooth =-.

  • Erin

    June 10, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Malone. (Just b/c this is the name that I’m loving right now.) (And going to shorten it to Mally.)

  • cj4

    June 10, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    I can’t believe he beat his five year old (tomorrow!) cousin to the tooth fairy sweepstakes. She. Will. Not. Be. Happy.

    On the bright side, he’s really ready for NASCAR now.

  • slynnro

    June 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    That’s a nifty tooth fairy money holder ya got there!
    .-= slynnro´s last blog ..Welcome to my Bedroom. =-.

  • Gillian

    June 10, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Poor Wito!

    When I was 2-almost-3 I tripped over a balloon and went face first into a fireplace hearth. I lost both of my front teeth and didn’t get my adult teeth until I was 7.

    But I was fine! I was so young I don’t remember the accident at all, and because I was so little I adapted really quickly to having no front teeth. I promise he will be fine!

    If I may make a suggestion from personal experience though, we tried the false teeth thing and I vividly remember hating them. I wasn’t allowed to eat anything even remotely chewy, and because I was a clueless 4 year old I took this to mean “eat every jelly bean you can find. And also the fruit stripe gum hiding in your mum’s top drawer.” I had to go to the dentist weekly to have them adjusted and I hate-hate-hated the way fake teeth felt. Mind you, this was in the early 90’s and I’m sure they’ve come a long way since then!

    All the best to you and your lovely family!

  • Rhi

    June 10, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    My friend’s 1.5 year old got into an altercation with their English Bulldog’s leash and now is also missing a front tooth. Like Wito, he’s a doll, and he makes it work.

  • CarrieP

    June 11, 2010 at 12:29 am

    My little guy is going on two years down two front teeth, with no end in sight. (He’ll be six in August; no truth for us about the tooth coming in faster after 4. To be fair, kid didn’t get a single tooth until after he was one, which was a total nursing win.) Wito looks darling, and a gap-toothed smile really is the best. Now, just prepare yourself for when he gets another loose tooth. My son’s tooth accident was a little traumatic (mostly for me; he was pretty zen) and I had a raging case pf PTSD when I felt a wiggle.

    And if I never hear an “all I want for Christmas” reference again it will be too soon.

  • joAnn

    June 11, 2010 at 5:52 am

    God, is he ever adorable. Even more so with the missing tooth. You sure do make some unbelievably beautiful children!

  • AJoanna

    June 11, 2010 at 6:14 am

    This post reminds me of my youngest brother. I think he was about 4 when he fell off a bunk bed. He didn’t lose the tooth then, it just kind of stuck out. We called it his snaggle tooth and the dentist said there was nothing he could really do. He looked really messed up. :P Every time he smiled just a little bit that darned tooth stuck out over his lip, even when you couldn’t see the rest of his teeth. Mercifully, a few months later, he tripped on our front steps and knocked it completely out. (No, our house was not a health risk. He was just really unlucky.) It grew back in about a year later, although unfortunately, it still sticks out a bit.
    Hopefully Wito’s will grow in nicely. He is truly adorable.

  • Meghan

    June 11, 2010 at 8:34 am

    My middle school bestie was Marnie (her younger brother? Anders). And Wito with the missing tooth and hipster haircut= adorable!

  • Ali

    June 11, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    ADORABLE! Kudos to you for staying calm while still preggo and about to pop! Never a dull moment.

    and what about Marjorie???


  • Jammer

    June 11, 2010 at 1:25 pm


    Meadow Soprano?
    .-= Jammer´s last blog ..Help! In need of a magical body exfoliator =-.

  • Cee

    June 11, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    At least he looks darling, minus a tooth!

    OK, I suspect the middle name is Olivia…for the first name, I propose Minnie, Max/Maxine, or Morag.

  • JillZ

    June 11, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I am SO SO SO glad I’m not the only parent of a 3-year-old boy that has gone through this! You have no idea how traumatized I was to see my son sedated last December to have a front tooth pulled from an accident that happened when he was 18 months old!

    I do get frustrated by the questions surrounding the missing tooth every now & then, but my husband told our son to tell people he got in a fight with a bear when they ask & to tell them that the bear lost:-) It’s so adorable to hear him tell people that & to try & keep a straight face! See my gravatar for a picture of my little toothless cutie!

  • Leslie

    June 11, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Is it Maeve Olivia?

  • Tina

    June 11, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Here are my guesses:

  • gorillabuns

    June 11, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    i so love it when they are missing teeth. i’ll be all kind of sad when Celia actually grows on in!

  • Rose

    June 12, 2010 at 1:01 am

    I worked as a preschool teacher for a couple years and my favorite kid was a spastic blonde heartbreaker. Her parents were always late picking her up. One Friday as we were getting ready after hours to walk up to the office and wait for her parents, my kid was running back and forth in one part of the room when BAM… she fell straight on to a bookshelf. I lost my shit. I could not believe how much blood came out of her mouth! :( and she was my baby, so I was destroyed. My head teacher scooped her up and ran up to the office and I locked up, shaken, and two minutes later had to explain to the dad why I was sobbing. LOL :(

    she came back on Monday FINE (teeth repaired, intact, she was 2) and her mom came to see me to make sure I was ok because her husband had been worried about me all weekend. (I loved my class parents)

    Kids are crazy… I love them. And Wito’s adorable teeth or no teeth!
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..Summer break… =-.

  • Lori

    June 12, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Wito looks adorable. My son fell just right in our playroom, of all places, when he was 3 and had to have his top 4 front teeth pulled. I’m not proud to admit that I shed more tears over this incident than my son. And the guilt. Wooboy. I could feel all the mothers with toothy children giving me dirty looks behind my back for those first few weeks. Flash forward two years and I don’t even notice it. And neither does he — except when faced with corn on the cob. On a side note, the x-rays they took when they pulled his teeth revelealed that he was blessed with an extra adult front tooth, so we’re already socking away the money for the inevitable braces disaster we’re going to face one day.

  • emily

    June 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm


  • Robin

    June 13, 2010 at 5:43 am

    He still is precious.!

    Be glad that his tooth is gone – it could be worse. Our little guy hit his tooth o on a table and chipped it. Now 2 years later the tooth is turning dark. Dentist doesn’t think it needs to come out at this point and so he is walking around with a chipped gray tooth. He just turned 3 about two weeks ago so it could be this way for awhile. Classy.
    .-= Robin´s last blog ..Summer in my 5 year old’s eyes =-.

  • marcy

    June 13, 2010 at 8:36 am

    How about:







  • Sarah, Ohana Mama

    June 13, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Tooth or not he’s adorable!

    Cameron, my 5 year old, would LOVE to pull out a tooth. Evidently the missing tooth look is super cool when you are heading into Kindergarten so Whito is uber cool…but of course, he”s the 1st child of Whoorl.com! :)

    Hugs mama..way to handle like a champ!
    .-= Sarah, Ohana Mama´s last blog ..La La Lanai =-.

  • chris

    June 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm


  • Anna

    June 13, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I fell off a lawn chair onto a brick when I was 2.5 and knocked out my front teeth. I was front-toothless until I was about 6 or 7, but I think it added to my charm. Little toothless grins are the cutest and Wito’s is pretty gosh darn cute.

  • AEF

    June 13, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Must take a shot..
    Melania, Madrid, Malaney, Mercy
    Mairwen, Manar, Mies, Miep, Mara,
    Maryland, Maximiliane, Martta/Mart/Marte, Marlys/e
    Mavra, Meadow, Meara, Meinwen
    Memphis, Melba, Melly
    Minka, Mischa, Mod, Montana, Morrigan,
    Monet, Muireall, Mylene, Murphy

  • Nancy R

    June 13, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    .-= Nancy R´s last blog ..We Just Missed Tiptoeing Through The Tulips =-.

  • Michele Renee

    June 14, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    It is weird because the first name that came to my mind has not yet been listed….Mallory.

    One less tooth to brush, right? Still so stinkin cute.

  • Caitlin

    June 14, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Is it Malin? I’ve fallen in love with this name lately because of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo books. I just realized Anders is also a name that pops up in the books, so I thought it was a good guess!

  • emily bilbrey

    June 15, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    oh my goodness, what a crazy story! i must say though, he looks equally adorable with or without his 2 front teef. what a beautiful boy! love him.
    .-= emily bilbrey´s last blog ..fourteen months!! =-.

  • Kate

    June 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Oooh, what about Maija? Maja?

  • Suzanne from pretty*swell

    June 24, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Go Wito! If it’s possible, he’s even MORE adorable with the Dangler missing. Also, I heart that tooth fairy gift holder. Where did you find it?
    .-= Suzanne from pretty*swell´s last blog ..You Capture ::get down low:: =-.