Maya, my middle daughter has been waiting FOREVER to lose her first tooth. She was the last kid in her 1st grade class with a full set of baby teeth. It was the same with Marley. She was devastated. We had more than one serious conversation about teeth the fact that they fall out at different stages in every child's life. That was fun.
About a month ago, Maya's lower left central incisor started shaking. A few weeks later her lower right central incisor started shaking as well. As far as she was concerned, having a pair of teeth ready to fall out, in such a short period of time, was awesome. She'd shake them violently in hopes that they'd loosen even more. She'd eat apple in an attempt to pull the tooth out. I remember telling her to be careful because Marley swallowed one of her teeth while eating dinner.
Marley:Oh no mom! I lost my tooth but I can't find it!
Me: What do you mean you can't find it?
Marley:I was in my mouth, I ate the chicken and now it's gone!!!
Me: Oh shoot, I think you may have swallowed it.
Marley: What?!!!! How am I going to get it back? I need it for the tooth fairy!!!
Me:Well you'll eventually poop it out.
Marley:Ok, but when it comes out, who's going to look for it?
Me:If you want it that bad then you better be ready to dig because I will not be doing so.
Marley:But mom, I won't get anything from the tooth fairy!!!
Me: If you're lucky, maybe she'll double up when you lose the next one. Write her a note
explaining what happened. She may be sympathetic.
Everyday for a month, Maya would ask me if I thought "today was the day." As she maintained her excitement outwardly, I realized that deep down she was torn. Although she was thrilled at the thought of getting a surprise under her pillow, she was kind of freaked out at the fact that the tooth fairy would be coming for a visit. You see, Maya likes the idea of the tooth fairy, Santa and the Easter Bunny. However, the thought of a strange person or creature, as friendly as they are, coming into her home and into her room, while she was sleeping, was. not. cool. I get it. When Marley lost her first tooth Maya walked into my room:
Maya: Mom, can I sleep with you?
Me:No, your a big girl, why would you want to sleep with me?
Maya: Marley lost her tooth.
Me:I know. That's exciting, right?
Maya: I'm happy for her and all but this also means the tooth fairy is coming.
Me:I can't wait to see what she gets.
Maya: That's it. I don't want her to come. I don't know her and she'll be in the room, right? So...can i sleep with you?
Me: Oh, I get it. Hold on. I'll be right back...I just got a text that she's taking the night off. You've got nothing to worry about.
Maya:Great mom. Thanks. Love you.
So the day was finally here. We dropped the baby off at daycare and when Maya bent over to give her a kiss goodbye, Mac bumped her head into Maya's chin. As we walked, out her eyes widened and she said "Mom, it's really loose. I think it's coming out today!!!" I handed her a wipe, dropped her at camp and texted her counselor to make sure she had a ziploc bag on hand, just in case. Later that day, I got this pic and found out that my kid pulled her own tooth.
She was psyched. She called me at work to let me know how it all went down. When I got home she couldn't stop talking about it. This was huge for her. She was on cloud 9 until it got closer to bedtime. I knew what was coming. I could tell that she was ready to have same conversation that we'd had over a year ago. Before she could start, I said "Maya, you pulled out your own tooth. That's bada.., I mean that's hardcore. You are awesome and the tooth fairy is going to give you something really special tonight." She looked at me intently, took a deep breath and marched to her room. She borrowed her sister's pillow with the pocket, stuck her tooth inside and laid her head down for the night.
Now, as far as I'm concerned, in my mind, the going rate is $5 for the first tooth and $1 for each additional. Apparently the tooth fairy had a different idea. Maya woke up the next morning and ran into my room
Maya:"Mom!! Mom!!, I slept in my bed the whole night!!!
Me: You sure did. See I told you. You're awesome.
Maya: Can you come in my room to see what the tooth fairy left for me?
I woke up my husband and we both went in. Maya grabbed the pillow and pulled out a 10 bill. I smiled at Maya and looked at Frank. Through clenched teeth I said, "Wow, look at that. The tooth fairy left you $10. Hope she knows you've got another very loose tooth that'll be falling out any day now." Aside from the fact that I felt the tooth fairy started a little on the high side, I was very excited for Maya as I watched the gleam in her eye. This is just the beginning. First it's a tooth and then she's getting married. I love watching them grow, but I'm not fully ready. I want them to be my little girls forever.