June 16, 2005

Tooth Fairy Story-Part I- Ours is a Lazy Good For Nuthin'

Teeth are popping out of mouths in this house like popcorn pops in a microwave. Bones a couple days ago and Son#1 today.

Son#1 has started his 2nd phase of tooth loss today. For those not in the know, kids lose teeth in kindergarten-1st/2nd grade, 8 of them, and then it starts again in about 4th grade. Typically there is a one or two year pause. So while Bones is starting phase one, Son#1 is in phase two and Son#2 is in the waiting phase.

With the first two boys, we had special little containers to put their teeth in for under the pillow. No more of the old fashioned way like when I was a kid, the adult coming in, kid asleep, adult quietly and gently moving their hand under the kid’s pillow, fervently searching for a baby tooth the size of a… a… baby tooth. You know… small. Nope, my boys are doin’ it in style. The elder two each have their own little ‘tooth container’. In a mad panic rush, after realizing Bones had in fact lost his first tooth, my husband took him to Hallmark and bought him a heart shaped pill box that is now a heart shaped tooth box. Sometimes the incredibly idiotic things we do as parents simply amaze me.

Anyway, I have to remember to put the money under Son#1’s pillow. Bones waited 2 days because the tooth fairy is a slug and kept forgetting. The first excuse was, ‘You lost it too late at night! She already had her route planned!” The second excuse was, “She knew you were buying a little cup to hold it in under your pillow, so she thought she’d wait.” He bought it.

The tooth fairy has forgotten before. The tooth fairy sucks at her job.

I have a couple more tooth fairy stories… kinda funny too. So consider this Part I of a 3 part Series on The Tooth Fairy. Hey, gimme a break, it gives me definite blog fodder for two more days. No reason to use up all my stories in one post. Sheesh!

Posted by Boudicca at June 16, 2005 10:45 PM

My sister, who has her adult teeth growing behind her baby teeth, finally has lost two teeth, one of them while I was with her.

Does she want money from the tooth fairy? Not exactly...

She wants the new Marine Corps Commemorative Silver Dollar.

My father has us brainwashed!

Posted by: Sissy at June 16, 2005 11:24 PM

Are you going to go the extra mile and leave a bit of glitter behind the pillow and by the doors? I think that is a great idea. They already know about balls, so they are growing up...this might be your last chance.

By the way, how much does one get for a tooth these days?

On another note, I hear they are noting stem cells in baby teeth, which means in the future the stem cell farmers might have to actually pay for these baby teeth.

Posted by: ArmyWifeToddlerMom at June 17, 2005 12:43 AM

I didn't know there were two phases of tooth loss. Blogging is an education!

It's amazing how creative you get. My daughter liked to hold her old pacifiers in her hand at night, as a comfort thing.

They were pink, yellow and purple. When she turned five, I got a My Little Pony in the same colors, and told her that the "nummy Fairy" had taken them away and made her something for big children out of them. She seems happy enough with that story ;-)

Posted by: Sally at June 17, 2005 04:43 AM

My puppy is losing his teeth right now, lost 3 of them in 2 days.

Poor little guy is in pain but my hubby won't let me give him a shot of jack, so baby orajel for him.

He doesn't get anything for his teeth though.

Posted by: Machelle at June 17, 2005 07:43 AM

Our tooth fairy was killed in a tragic bunk-bed incident last year. We don't speak of the incident. It was horrible.

Posted by: Contagion at June 17, 2005 08:09 AM

When I was little, I had a sweet tooth but wasn't allowed too much candy, so one time for my tooth, the tooth fairy left me a 1lb bag of reeses pieces! Damn I love the tooth fairy.

Posted by: Oddybobo at June 17, 2005 08:29 AM

AWTM, no glitter here, but I might think about that for Bones and Son#2. I need to throttle back and perpetuating the myth with my eldest.

When my kids started losing teeth, I went to the bank and bought enough gold dollars for each baby tooth for each boy. I have them hidden away in wait. So that's what my kids get. 1 gold dollar, whether its a front tooth, a molar, or anything in between.

Posted by: Bou at June 17, 2005 10:20 AM

Is the Tooth Fairy a Union job?

Posted by: Harvey at June 18, 2005 10:11 AM

I love the gold dollar idea! Too late for my daughter, but the little one would love that...

We've had a couple tooth fairy no-shows as well. God it makes me feel like a crap mom!

Posted by: julie at June 18, 2005 04:51 PM