Hi, friends. Today, I want to talk about the tooth fairy. She has visited our house twice in the last month. I’d say it was a little earlier than expected so I want to share with you what we did and how it came to be that the tooth fairy visited our house.
My five-year-old daughter had all of her baby teeth. Then one day after dinner, I was brushing her teeth which is something my husband usually does when he’s home. As I brushed her teeth, I look behind her cute tiny bottom little baby teeth, and saw two white things down there. I freaked out, thinking, “Please be rice,” but it wasn’t rice. It was teeth, and I’m like, “Oh, my gosh.”
I got on Dr. Google, which is sometimes a good thing to do when you don’t have a clue about what’s going on and I found out that they are sometimes referred to as shark teeth, which means that they didn’t quite make it on their trajectory up. They didn’t come in under her baby teeth like they were suppose to. They’re just…so anyway, she had two rows of teeth, and I’m like, “Oh, my gosh.” Long story short, I took a picture and went to speak with her orthodontist.
Because her baby teeth weren’t loose, which was my major concern, I’m like, “Oh, my gosh,” and he laughed and said, “Oh, I saw those on the x-ray. I’ve been watching them.” And I’m thinking, “Why didn’t you tell me?” Guessing my unvoiced question, he replied, “probably what’s going to happen is her tongue will push forward her adult teeth, which will make the baby teeth loose, and then they’ll come out. And I’m thinking, “Well, they’re not even loose.” He continued, “Let’s give it a month or two, and you let me know how it goes.”
So sure enough within…I’d say a week, they were loose, and she was so excited. “Mom, I got a loose tooth, I got a loose tooth.” Soon she lost her first tooth and was very excited. I wasn’t even there for it, but my husband was! It came out kind of by accident, but we’ll talk about that in a few minutes.
I was caught flat-footed because I thought we had a little more time. I didn’t know how long it was going to take her to lose that tooth but we agreed that we weren’t going to pull it with dental floss or anything. We decided to let her work it out, giving me more time. I left for the afternoon, and when I came home the tooth was out.
I quickly got on Pinterest and looked up tooth fairy. As you’d imagine, Pinterest has all kinds of fun and amazing tooth fairy ideas. I found some really good ones. I decided to write on a little card in the tiniest little hand writing I could possibly muster with my big adult hands. After finishing the little tiny writing, I smeared a little glue like glitter on the card and then we added money. She got three dollars; two one-dollar bills and four quarters because she still thinks coins are better than dollars. I remember thinking that way, too. Anyway, we wanted to give her a little bit of both. Not too much because she’s got a whole mouthful of teeth to lose, and let’s be real. Three dollars is not a bad haul for a five-year-old’s tooth.
Once everything was prepared and after she fell asleep, I snuck into her room and switched it out for her tooth. My husband made a video clip of me sneaking into her room, which she later found it on my phone. She asked me, “Mommy, did you take my tooth?” I was like, “Oh, no, I had to move it to make sure…” You know, and I’m sweating. “I had to move your tooth to make sure the tooth fairy could find it,” and she admonished, “Don’t you do the tooth fairy’s job.”
Which is a good segway into why we decided to do the tooth fairy when we don’t particularly celebrate Santa or the Easter Bunny. We haven’t pushed those because we decided to focus more on Christ’s birth and resurrection. We’re not anti – we just don’t want to make a big deal of either Santa or the Easter Bunny. So when she asked me if the Tooth Fairy was real, I said, “Well, what would you think?” She goes, “Yeah,” and then asked, “Mommy, are you the tooth fairy?” And I repeated, “What do you think?” She replied, “No. Don’t you do the tooth fairy’s job, Mommy.” I’m like, “Okay.” I guess we’re going to have a Tooth Fairy because she was pretty excited about it.
She has lost two teeth now, and the Tooth Fairy has visited twice. Both times my husband was an intrical part of the process. He did something he calls the “Towel Trick”. I’ll briefly describe it. The towel trick started the first time because he was home alone with our two girls and was goofing off with the baby rubbing a towel on her chin to make her giggle. Our older daughter was like, “Do me, do me, Daddy.” So he rubbed the towel on her neck making her laugh, and then he put it on her chin. I think he must have put just enough pressure on the tooth that it popped out. At first he thought it was a piece of food until he realized it was her tooth. He’s like, “Your tooth just came out,” and she’s going, “Oh, aah…”
The second time around her tooth was super loose. No joke, it was hanging by a thread, and we were worried that she was going to swallow it. In a fit of desperation, my husband says, “Hey, come sit with me on the couch and let’s try the towel trick. It worked last time. It might be magic.” She agreed, “Okay.” So, sitting on the couch, right at the moment she opened her mouth to giggle, he took the towel and put it in her mouth just enough, pulled down, and out popped the tooth.
She was, “Huh, wait. What did you do with my tooth?” He smiled, “The towel trick strikes again,” and she’s like, “Wow, Daddy, the towel trick is magic.” We’re like, “Yeah, magic.” Anyway, that’s the towel trick and that’s our story. Nothing super brand new, exciting or fancy, but it was pretty fancy and exciting for us.
Pinterest is awesome with lots of good ideas and we have one very happy, very grown up five-year-old who has two adult teeth coming in. Thanks for watching our story. If you have fun tooth fairy ideas, please share in the comments. I would love to switch it up in the future because I’ve got 50… no, I don’t know how many more teeth we’re going to have to pull, but there’s a bunch between our two daughters!
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