Mommyhood

“YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TOOTH!”

We’ve been on “Operation Lose First Tooth” since Kindergarten started in September.  Who has and hasn’t lost a tooth seems to be a hot topic among 5 & 6 year olds.  (It reminds me of the 6th-8th grade talk of adolescent firsts like kisses and bras and periods.)  When the bottom right front tooth became loose on my 5 year old, it consumed our day.  We couldn’t play soccer because, loose tooth.  We couldn’t concentrate in school because, loose tooth.  We couldn’t eat anything that didn’t resemble Goldilock’s porridge because, loose tooth.  I started to really loathe this thing.  Also, the whole business of losing live bone totally freaks me out.  Just, ew. We talked about “loose tooth” on the regular.  We had 21 questions.  Thank God for Alexa.  Almost 30 days after “loose tooth day” on a Friday I noticed the thing was practically perpendicular to the next one (Just, ew.) I announced to her that this weekend the big event would happen.  “How do you know?” she asked.  I didn’t know. “I just do” I replied.  It took a conveinent late Sunday running jump to the back from her little brother to finally dislodge this sucker.  I swear I did not plan the attack.  We were downstairs in the playroom and she didn’t even notice…but when she turned around… “P! Your tooth! It’s gone!” I screamed.  “It is!?” she screamed back, confused. “But where did it go?” After a half hour of patting down the carpet and destroying every rice cake crumb I could find, I conducted a strip search on both children which turned up nothing but sand and lint. Oh God she swallowed it, I thought (eww.)  “Well, we’ll just have to write a letter to the tooth fairy and draw a picture.”  After 21 more questions my 5 year old is finally asleep and here I sit, about to play tooth fairy and can’t make a decision.  The angel on my shoulder says: “It’s her first tooth, go all out.  This was a 30 day struggle that may end in tooth-poop.  Isn’t that worth at least $5?” As the devil whispers,  “19 more teeth to go, Kristin.  Set the precedent.  Start small.”  And now I’m sad she’s growing up.  And now I’m elated she’s growing up.  From the questions I couldn’t answer…to the amount of times I was skeeved out…to the tooth fairy decisions I can’t seem to make now…coupled with the range of emotions this whole thing put me through…could I be more of a train wreck!? What did you do for your child’s first tooth?  I would love to hear it in the comment section below.

-MIM-

 

Check out the Pinterest board I curated for this epic event, here and click on some of the cute products I found below…



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