The Second Tooth

Elle lost her second tooth tonight! It is her left front tooth on the bottom. Her new tooth has been coming in for a while and is pretty far behind where her old tooth was so both the old and new were just hanging out in two rows.

Ted and I suggested that she start wiggling the old tooth more and more each day so that the tooth would come loose and the tooth fairy could visit her. It has been less than a week since giving her that advice and the baby tooth came out while flossing tonight. 🙂

She was so excited to show me the tiny tooth and so proud that she didn’t swallow it. Looks like the tooth fairy needs to make sure to swap the tooth for a golden dollar tonight.


The Lost Tooth

Boy, am I glad I took that picture on Jan 25th! Elle lost her tooth the next evening while eating dinner. Not just lost, but literally lost. We are pretty sure she swallowed her first loose baby tooth. I was so sad. Elle, on the other hand, was so excited about losing her tooth. She cavorted around the house, showed her baby brother her new grin getting about an inch away from his face, and even let out an exuberant, “YEEEEEE HAWWWW!” Rhett then mimicked his sister by proudly walking around the house, chin up and chest out, with a huge toothy smile. It was a pretty fun night in our house.

This is the happy little girl. The new running joke in the house is garlic bread solves loose tooth problems. 🙂

Post celebration, Elle wanted to write a letter to the tooth fairy explaining what happened to her tooth and why she didn’t have a tooth to put under her pillow. So she had me cut a tiny piece of paper and write what she wanted to say to the tooth fairy. I’ll have to post the photo of the letter, but for now here’s the box we used for the letter:

 Ted obviously has a silly sense of humor. It makes me laugh every time I read it and I’m sure Elle will think it’s hilarious when she learns to read and write (which is soon the next chapter in our lives – I bought Hooked on Phonics for Preschoolers).

So that night, the tooth fairy wrote a letter back to Elle telling her that kids swallow their teeth all the time. She also noted that she can tell that Elle takes really good care of her teeth and that she would be back to visit for her other teeth. The tooth fairy switched letters in the box and also left a golden dollar.

Elle happened to need a potty break in the middle of the night; she woke up and immediately checked the box. When I asked her if the tooth fairy had visited her yet, she said that her letter to the tooth fairy was still in the box. We double-checked after her potty break and she was almost too excited to go back to sleep after I read her the tooth fairy’s letter (twice). 🙂

Here is our note to the Tooth Fairy:

It breaks my heart how quickly she is growing up, but it’s also so awesome to watch her blossom into a little kid. The years go by way too fast and I wish we had more time to enjoy them.

Tooth Update

Two days ago I couldn’t watch Elle show me how loose her tooth was and tonight I’m helping her try to see the permanent tooth that’s underneath it. Yay for inurement!

Here’s a picture of Elle for her Tooth Fairy Tales book mentioned in my previous post.

I snapped the picture before loading the kids in the car this morning because I was worried that she would lose the tooth while at daycare. You can see her bottom right central incisor is sitting crooked. Yeah, it’s because the tooth is that loose.

Tooth Fairy Fun

Elle has a loose tooth; it’s been loose for a little over a week now and I have been in planning mode since seeing that little tooth wiggle. I’ve been having fun planning what exactly the tooth fairy will do in our home when Elle’s tooth finally comes out. I’ve had a lot of fun looking around on the internet to see what traditions other families have started and it’s so exciting to think that we will be starting a new tradition in our little family.

When I was growing up we left the tooth under the pillow and received 25 cents. Simple and sweet. I want to go the same route with my kiddos, but wanted to give them a little more preparation and a way to remember these special moments. I’m sure if my parents hadn’t been so busy making a living to provide the best for their three kids or if they were raised with American traditions that they would have done the same thing.

So here’s a little of what we are doing:

A cute little book about a night in the life of the tooth fairy:
We’ve read this book a few times and Elle absolutely loves it. There’s this one part of the book that has rules for kids to make it a little easier on the tooth fairy; she perks up at this part every time. She lists things like don’t put the tooth in a stinky sock and make sure to clean the tooth. I think that we are lucky in that Elle is still very young and is at the stage where rules are cool.

I also got Tooth Fairy Tales, a little journal to document the day the tooth was lost, how it was lost, and place photos of cute toothless grins.
It’s quite a bit of work, but I know that I would love to have something like this to see what kinds of things I thought about losing my teeth as a child. Sadly, I have a horrible memory and as the saying goes, “The faintest ink is better than the best memory.”

Lastly, we the Tooth Fairy is giving one gold coin ($1.00) per tooth. We wanted to make it more special than just the typical dollar bill and got the idea from my sister who read about it on Pinterest, I think.

Golden Dollars

We are now ready for the first five teeth. 🙂

I’d love to hear your family traditions or what you experienced growing up.