110 responses to “Sentimentality”

  1. Dounia Avatar

    I loved this post! Before even getting to the end I was wondering if it was the baby teeth they’d lost that she was keeping! Wonderful and absolutely fantastic facial expressions, as always!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      I wondered who’d be able to guess! :D

  2. skippingstones Avatar

    Haha! That is kind of gross.

    Is the dog eating game pieces?

    1. thegirlwhowalked Avatar

      Oh gosh the dog is adorable

    2. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Haha, yup! Just a guess on the fate of those missing pieces…

  3. sj Avatar

    Hey, we have hair saved from each of our kids! Except baby girl, because at 2 her hair still isn’t long enough to cut.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Aww :) I had a lock of my daughter’s, but I’m not sure where it is now… which kind of makes it seem more gross.

  4. colgore Avatar

    Haha. That’s awesome. My sister’s long-distance boyfriend left one of his baby teeth on her bedside table as a token of love. This was a year ago and I’m still disturbed.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      !!! Oh my god, how wonderfully disturbing!

  5. speaker7 Avatar

    Ha! I loved all their expressions!

  6. The Waiting Avatar

    I can’t bring myself to throw out my baby’s umbilical stump. Is that odd? When she loses her teeth, I will always keep them! By then there should be some Pinterest crafts for them ;)

    1. lazylauramaisey Avatar

      Is this a funny joke? I’m not sure how I feel about that.

      1. The Waiting Avatar

        Is it a joke? Kind of. Is it funny? Apparently not ;)

    2. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Ha! It’s not odd. I know a lot of women who kept the umbilical stump. I threw it away, but I felt like a bad mom for doing it somehow. And also maybe a bad citizen because I’m not sure that was supposed to go in the trash can.

  7. Scritch Avatar

    i love the hover captions.
    its an added layer of funny

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks! I always feel so excited when I finally finish a comic and it’s uploaded and ready to publish… but then I remember the hover text. The hover text is wicked hard.

      1. Scritch Avatar

        I can imagine! They fit so well.

  8. missemmalou Avatar


  9. muddledmom Avatar

    I kept a snippet of hair from each kid, which is kind of funny considering my son’s is an extremely long curl that looks like it’s from a girl (he had a major comb-over). But, no, we don’t keep any other body pieces. My son’s umbilical cord took seven weeks and six days to fall off. I was ready to see it go. And no, that was not the longest my doctor had seen one stay on.

    Great art as always. Kids are hysterical.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Yeah, by nearly 8 weeks, I’d be ready to see it go too!

  10. becomingcliche Avatar

    I have baby curls from each of my kids’ first haircuts. If they turn on me, I can always make tiny little voodoo dolls out of it. Maybe that’s why your mom kept the teeth?

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      That makes SO much sense!

  11. Rae Avatar

    First of all, I love that the dog is eating the Scrabble pieces. I had a lot of fun trying to figure out what was in your mom’s jewelry box – the discovery was perfect!

  12. whisperingiris Avatar

    Snooping in your mom’s jewelry box! Did you ever do that and then try to put everything back exactly the way it was? We did. She’d still know like two hours later. “What were you girls doing in my room!” ha ha good times

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Oh yes. I loved looking at my mom’s jewelry box. I would hold up her earrings to my ears and try to imagine being a fancy, grown-up lady. And she did always know!

  13. whatevertheyaint Avatar

    LMBO May I repost this one? BTW, my grandma did this; it is very creepy:-)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Sure, I’d love it!

  14. Miranda Gargasz Avatar
    Miranda Gargasz

    Okay, so I’m creepy. I totally have my kids’ teeth, too. LOL

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Hahaha! I don’t think it’s creepy to keep them, but it is a little creepy to stumble upon them!

  15. theworldona4 Avatar

    That was really good! Really well made!

  16. notquiteold Avatar

    I would guess that the dog is not eating game pieces. Knowing dogs, my guess is that he is puking. If it were a cat, I would be SURE he was puking.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Ha! True, it could go either way.

  17. Audrey Avatar

    My mom saved them too!!!

  18. Margo Avatar

    I even framed the first tooth my son lost! :-D

  19. kaysfairytale Avatar

    My mom had ours in a jar. She actually asked me if I wanted to keep them. Eww, of course not!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      I am trying to imagine what I would do with a jar of my own teeth, and I just can’t. Maybe just give up and start a teeth collection and fill up one of those glass lamps? But then my friends would probably stop visiting, so… I really have no idea.

  20. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer Avatar

    Your readers’ responses are so interesting; either disguest or confessions that they do the same thing. You have a great way to arouse emotions in people! But either way, all loved it.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      It’s a funny situation. I wonder what I’ll end up doing with my own daughter’s baby teeth.

  21. Shtina Avatar

    This is awesome! It’s good to know that my sisters and I weren’t the only ones who found a pile of baby teeth with our Mom’s jewelry!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      It’s so funny how many people have found them in their mother’s jewelry box!

  22. whatimeant2say Avatar

    Another classic from you! The dog eating the Scrabble pieces is the best detail!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks :) I try to include Doogie whenever I can!

  23. Bonnie at {PaperKeeper} Avatar

    I just love your blog, and have been meaning to tell you how much I appreciate it. Your artistry is amazing, and the details, I love it all. This is another great one, and I can definitely relate, I keep all my son’s teeth too and still hoping he does not find them! :)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thank you, that is very sweet of you to say!

  24. on thehomefrontandbeyond Avatar

    a universal treasure among mothers – you are super creative

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks :) I’m glad so many can relate!

  25. whatevertheyaint Avatar

    Reblogged this on whatevertheyaint and commented:
    This is crazy but true. A relative whose name I won’t mention did the same thing with all my aunt’s stuff; to say I wasn’t tripped out by it kid would be a lie.

  26. jell jell @ I'll Sleep When They're Grown Avatar

    My mom kept all of my baby teeth, too, then gave them to me. She wasn’t a very good tooth fairy if you ask me. And teeth smell after a while.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Ha! Maybe when my daughter starts losing hers, I’ll have her place them under the pillow and then brush it with goldleaf and put it back. She can figure out what to do with it herself :)

  27. asoulwalker Avatar

    There is a reason I don’t mess with moms… actually, there are a lot of reasons.

    P.S.- the dog is a brilliant touch.

  28. Geek 20/20 Avatar
    Geek 20/20

    Fanstastic! I must snoop into my mum’s jewelry box next time I visit her :)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Be careful! You never know what you’ll find!

  29. beckysaysthings Avatar

    ‘Should we tell a grown up?’ – I love that. As if grown ups will make everything okay in the face of a baby teeth discovery.
    Sublime pictures, as per usual.

  30. Katherine O. Cooper Avatar

    so funny…conversation too…this is one of my “if I was a good mom” worries I had several years back…save them? good heavans, I could barely stay focused enough to welcome the tooth fairy in the night when our youngest came and the older two were popping them out like no tomrrow. When our “middlest” was onto the fairy thing, but not telling, I did a big basket of toothbrushes etc. and a sorry note. Didn’t work so well. I do have the outfits they came home in as newborns, but otherwise…oh crap. We moved and I’m still looking for the one missing that belongs to..of course! Our middlest.

    Keep up the great work!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      It’s crazy how many things you find to worry over when you are a mother. I remember how guilty I felt tossing out that umbilical cord. I guess if I REALLY loved her, I would have had it bronzed, haha

  31. Winn Avatar

    Seriously, Nicky, you have NOT seen an umbilical cord for Show and Tell! No way! Hope the kid brought it in via a ziplock bag. Did the mom know about it? And the monologue that accompanied the used tissues? Hahaha! Loved the art, as always!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Oh yes I did! But the grossest thing was when a boy brought in a shoebox full of his own fingernail and toenail clippings. That still disturbs me. Sure, the used tissues should have been the grossest because it IS gross and I have a problem with snot… but it’s the shoebox of nail clippings that haunts me in the night.

      1. Winn Avatar

        Does his mom know he kept them? That’s gross….

  32. Margie Avatar

    I kept most of the kids baby teeth in a glass vial, and even a few that the cat left for me to find. When I think of all the things my kids found and saved, baby teeth seem quite tame in comparison.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      True! I remember joyfully bringing home a lizard tail and waving it in my mom’s face. Yippee! A lizard’s tail! It’s still moving!

  33. Caasi Tica Avatar

    hahahha! I love the art and the story :)..

      1. Caasi Tica Avatar

        You are welcome :)!

  34. stephanieroseishere Avatar

    My own children had just the same reaction when they discovered my secret stash of their baby teeth. It seemed a good idea at the time.
    Love your story telling.

  35. bhbkidstyle Avatar

    I knew, it, I knew it! I knew she found the baby teeth!!!!!!!!!!
    My girls found theirs in my jewelry box a few weeks ago, when they got angry with me and raided it. They did not get freaked out or upset just said: “Now we know that your are the tooth fairy,ha!” – in a big triumph.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Ha! I’m glad they weren’t disturbed!

  36. teaselcreatures Avatar

    I still have both adult sons baby teeth. They’re grown men with their own families now. Go Mama. Sent from my iPhone

  37. Angie Z. Avatar

    I agree! So yucky. I got a couple adult teeth pulled in middle school when I got braces and couldn’t believe the dentist sent them home with me in a little pink box. What am I supposed to do with those as a 13 year old?

    I always love spotting Doogie in here.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Me too! I hopefully asked my mom if she thought the tooth fairy might give something for them, but she snorted and mumbled something I didn’t quite catch.

  38. The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife Avatar

    haha, I remember finding baby teeth in my Mom’s jewelry box as well! And our first hair clippings.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      I wonder if all these baby teeth in jewelry boxes ever deter theft?

  39. positivityprjct Avatar

    I kept my own baby teeth in one of those old film containers. Kept my wisdom teeth for a little bit after I got them removed in grade 10. I may be a little bit of a pack rat.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Aww, but they hardly take up any room!

  40. russelllindsey Avatar

    Reblogged this on Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde and commented:
    Getting better all the time.

  41. Paprika Furstenburg Avatar

    I remember finding my baby teeth in my mom’s jewelry box. I guess the Tooth Fairy’s warehouse was too full :)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      I love all these mothers storing their children’s precious teeth in with their other valuables :D

  42. reemabou Avatar

    this is sooo cute!!! I love your blog!!

  43. ecodolphin Avatar

    I’m running out of positive comments about how good these really are. Incredible as always!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thank you, how nice of you to say!

  44. Wendy Tomlinson Avatar

    So funny, must remember to remove the last tooth that came out which is still in my drawer. Brilliant.

  45. Go Jules Go Avatar

    HA! Fabulous, as always. Would you say it’s more or less weird when you want to hold onto your dog’s baby teeth? Just…hypothetically speaking.

  46. pegoleg Avatar

    Oh my dear, sweet Lord, Nicki. I have a whole little compartment of my kids’ baby teeth in the back of MY jewelry box. It must be a bred-in-the-bone Mom thing – who knew???

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      The replies to this one have convinced me that that’s where baby teeth belong.

      1. Emily Avatar

        Nicki, I forget, do you have kids now? If so, are you planning on saving their baby teeth?

  47. Emily Avatar

    When I was a kid, I kept my own baby teeth. It didn’t gross me out until I saw them later……and, for some reason, it REALLY grosses me out now.

  48. audrafinza Avatar

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