I remember confessing to Hollie on the phone one evening,
"He's getting a tooth already! I love his little gummy smile. I'm afraid he's not going to be as cute when he gets teeth. It's just so pink and perfect that way it is."
She laughed and said I would think his smile was perfect when he gets teeth too.
I'm happy to report, 14 teeth later, that there is nothing cuter than Eli's smile. Every time he walks into the bathroom, or sees Joel or I with toothbrush in hand, you can count on hearing his husky little voice....
"Eeth? Eeth? Eeth?"
"Yes, Eli, you can brush your teeth."
And he eagerly grips his little blue toothbrush, proud and pleased.