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Temporarily Toothless


As a parent and a person who prides herself in setting goals, I have looked forward to one of my boys looking oh so cute and adorable with a tooth or two missing. Both Ben and Logan have lost teeth, but the adult ones were already there waiting impatiently for their own place in the limelight.

Finally Ben lost a tooth without another one already there. Goal accomplished! I can sleep easy now.


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