(SPOILER ALERT: If you believe in the tooth fairy, you might not want to read this post. I’ve never seen her, but that doesn’t mean she’s not real. She probably is. Shhhhh… Just look away, and keep on believin’…)
It’s a really creepy thing when your kid starts losing body parts. Part of you knows it’s a rite of passage, a sign of growing up, and a necessary development…and part of you is just totally creeped out.
It was like that with her bellybutton stub–I couldn’t WAIT for that thing to fall off. Thoughts of that thing still make me shiver. I remember the elation and relief I felt when I opened her PJs one morning to change her diaper and IT WAS GONE. Whew. Funny thing…as a parent, you get used to puke and poop, and all kinds of bodily issues….but everyone has their own line in the sand, I’m sure.
When our daughter started getting her first wiggly tooth, I was strangely excited–it meant she was growing up! Another fun little marker of development. But if anyone thinks I was gonna pull that thing, they’d better think again. I’ve had a lifetime of dental issues. I have nightmares about teeth. No way.
But despite my ick factor, after days and weeks of this wiggly tooth, I tried wrapping a towel around it and pulling, I tried twisting, I tried begging and pleading. Nothing worked. So it was a bit of a surprise when we were playing around one morning, and I noticed her tooth was gone.
“I must’ve swallowed it!” She said. Eeesh.
Thankfully, my very good friend Christine had made us a little monster tooth pillow, so we had that covered. Instead of the tooth, we put a little tooth drawing in the pocket…
Then came the questions: “How will the tooth fairy find my tooth? How will she get it if it’s in my intestines? Will she have to look through the toilet?” Oh jeez. Now, trust me–I’ve told her the “truth” about the tooth fairy before, but she just doesn’t want to believe it. Which means I have to go along with and even expand on these goofy ideas she has….something you’d THINK I’d be creative about…but I’m just not. Usually I ask her what SHE thinks. “Maybe she makes the tooth fly to her, wherever it is. Maybe she uses magic to just make it show up.”
Uhhh. Yeah. Okay, let’s go with that. (I’d hate to imagine any alternatives…)
My sister and my mom were both VERY creative with tooth fairy things, and thank goodness for Pinterest. I found this little tooth fairy receipt to put in the pocket. They suggested glitter. I hate glitter, but I have some glitter, so I did my best. (I’ve heard about the wonders of glitter spray, so I’d suggest that for future use. But I just used what I had around the house, which means I didn’t have any magical glitter spray on hand.) My sister used to fold origami dollars, and that sounded fun and easy. So I made a little origami dollar butterfly. And since I happened to have some chocolate coins from the day prior, I tossed that in for good measure (job security for the tooth fairy and all)…
When this next tooth started wiggling, I tried to be a little more brave, but that sucker wouldn’t come out. My mother in law came to visit. “Will you pull her tooth?” I asked. “NO WAY,” she replied. I had a friend over for a playdate. “Will you pull her tooth?” I asked. “NO WAY,” she replied. Hm. I think this might be part of Daddy’s official duties once he returns from Afghanistan, since no one else can stomach it.
Thankfully, tooth #2 came out on its own at daycare. They wrapped it in a napkin and I didn’t have to deal with it at all. Success! No more uncomfortable wiggle when I help her brush her teeth!
This time, I dispensed with the glitter altogether…but only after a failed attempt nearly blinded me, and left me with a horrible-looking receipt so bad-looking that I had to reprint. Sooo….plain paper will do, as well as an origami heart dollar this time.
Soooo….what the heck do you do with the TOOTH? My mom always said she threw them away. Strangely, it felt sentimental for some reason. On the other hand, I suppose I’m pretty ambivalent. It SEEMS like I should keep it, but….what the heck do you do with a bunch of TEETH?
I follow this artist on Instagram named Scotty Munster, who–aside from being an amazing tattoo artist and illustrator, paints these amazing little bottles with creepy teeth on them:
I opted for a little more of a “cute” look. wasn’t sure WHY…or what I’d use it for… But I put her little tooth in there for now. I’m not sure how I’ll feel about a big ol’ jar full of teeth later on down the road, but for now, I put her little tooth in the jar.
…Is that weird? Yeah. I guess. But it wouldn’t be the weirdest thing we’ve got in this house.
So what’s tradition in your house? Does the tooth fairy come? And what do you all do with all those TEETH!?
Thankfully, daddy will be home soon, and maybe HE can be in charge of the next wiggly tooth. 🙂