I will never forget the excitement Alexandra had when we went to the dentist this past September. She could not wait to ask the dentist when she should expect to lose her first tooth. Several of her school friends have lost their teeth and she wanted to join the club so bad! I will never forget the look on her face when the dentist told her that she would probably be close to 7 if not older since she didn’t get her first baby teeth until almost one…defeat, she was only 4 at the time.
After the visit to the dentist she would occasionally tell me that she had a loose tooth, but it always seemed to be loose in imagination only. So over spring break when she told me her tooth was loose I nodded and replied, “that’s great, honey.” She kept telling me that her tooth was loose and I would just smile and remind her that the dentist said it would probably be awhile until her tooth would come out. Boy was I surprised when a few weeks later she ran into the kitchen to tell me “Mommy, my tooth is REALLY wiggly now!” This time I actually looked in her mouth and much to my surprise her tooth was definitely loose and I could see her adult tooth pushing through. She was so excited when I said that it would probably come out in a few days.
Crap, I thought I had time…lots of time to prepare for a visit from the tooth fairy. I wanted to make her a pillow door hanger for her to leave her tooth in for the tooth fairy. Malcolm and I hadn’t even discussed what the tooth fairy would be leaving…I didn’t think it wouldn’t be the 5 or more dollars that many of her friends seemed to be receiving.
Good thing I made it that night, because as you would guess she lost her tooth the next day. When I picked her up from school she showed me her tooth was barely hanging on. I asked her if I could pull it out, but she said “no way!”
She had gymnastics team training that afternoon. She ran out into the gym lobby shouting “Mommy! I lost my tooth! Coach Darcy pulled it out!” She was beyond ecstatic. Coach Darcy even had a special tooth necklace to hold her baby tooth. Alexandra couldn’t wait to get home to show her Daddy that she was down a tooth.
She was so excited about putting her tooth in the pocket of the pillow I made her. She hung it proudly on the door of her room and said, “I hope the tooth fairy will come! Madeleine, you have to go right to sleep or else the tooth fairy won’t come.”
The next morning Alexandra jumped out of bed to see if the tooth fairy had made a visit. She was thrilled to see that the tooth fairy had left her a note and a gold coin! Madeleine loved that the tooth fairy left gold dust behind!
I thought the gold dollar coin was a little more fun than a dollar bill since you don’t see them everyday. I picked up a couple when I was at the bank one day (extras to keep on hand for the future)! Malcolm and I have also thought about leaving foreign currency in the future (we have a few different currencies on hand). The children love maps and looking at the globe. I think it would be fun for them to see what countries the tooth fairy has visited recently!
The tooth fairy also left Alexandra a note congratulating her for losing a tooth and remarking on what a wonderful job she does taking care of her teeth.
Has the tooth fairy visited your home recently?