Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tooth Traditions

finally lost a tooth

It finally happened. R lost his first tooth. I guess I'm still in a bit of shock, even though his new smile already feels natural. Feels perfect. I might even be in a bit of shock when the hole is filled. He wears the space well and now I kind of can't imagine him without it.

When he realized it was loose, he exclaimed, "it finally happened!" and I cried because it finally happened. Eventually, I stopped my blubbering and pulled out the book "Throw Your Tooth on the Roof". I had bought this book with this day in mind. I bought it well in advance and saved it. I'm never this prepared. Ever. And to be honest, I didn't think I'd need it this soon. But here I am. Reading it.

The book was perfect. He really enjoyed learning about what kids do with their teeth all around the world. We talked about the different countries. We talked about the path the tooth fairy must fly, the path that magical rat must travel.

He wiggled it like crazy, non stop. By the time we were eating dinner the next night, it was literally waving at us any time he spoke. He wanted me to pull it. Tonight was the night the tooth fairy would come.

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Our Tooth Fairy Visit:

I didn't have a cute little pouch. Kevin and I hadn't even discussed what the tooth fairy would bring. We quickly decided that the first tooth would be more. Because it was extra special, and because he was so brave. Five dollars for the first tooth, two dollars for the teeth after that. Inflation from our days with the tooth fairy.

But I wanted to do more. I decided I'd have to go to the store and get some glitter to decorate the five dollar bill. (Why didn't we have glitter?!) And maybe I would get a pack of note cards so the fairy could leave him a little note. You know how they say you shouldn't go to the grocery store when you're hungry? Well, I have something to add to that. Never go shopping for miscellaneous tooth fairy supplies while you're hurried and emotional. I was grabbing things willy-nilly.

The tooth fairy ended up leaving him a little note, written in my curliest hand writing, with a highly decorated five dollar bill tucked inside. In the note, she explained that the first tooth was extra special and she liked to celebrate by surprising kids with an extra special present. She told him he could find his under his bed. He was thrilled to pull out the small gift bag that contained a small toy he'd been wanting and a fancy new toothbrush.

More Ideas From Around the Web:

-I love this idea of leaving the tooth in a glass of water and providing evidence of something magical.

-Surprise your kids with a picture of the tooth fairy flying beside them while they slept. This service will cost you $9.95, but you might could do it yourself with some clipart!

-I absolutely adore this cute little tooth fairy door. Bonus? It would help your child learn their address!

-Here's a nice tutorial on a simple and cute tooth pillow.

-Be sure to check out this homemade keepsake record book.

-For even more ideas, follow me on Pinterest and check out my All Smiles board!

What are your families tooth traditions?
And were you emotional for that first tooth?


  1. I think I will have issues when my little one loses his first tooth! {And he's not really that little any more - almost 3!}

  2. Oh, what an interesting book! We'll have to see if we can find it at the library. Our first tooth was traumatic as well. I had a friend come over to pull it, and when it started to bleed, DH started screaming, "STOP! You are hurting him." My friend was mortified (and now terrified to ever pull another tooth). The tooth, on the other hand, fell out when my son was brushing his teeth.

  3. I was kind of blindsided, Trisha! I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one that gets emotional over these things. Hehe

    And oh my, Leann! That's kind of funny in a way, but I can see how it would be traumatic at the time. I think it's REALLY cute that your DH was so worried. R wanted me to pull his tooth. I was nervous and Kevin wanted to do it, but R really wanted me to. I even warned him that it would probably bleed a little, but he was so sure he wanted it out RIGHT then. When I finally pulled it, he was so giddy over losing his first tooth he just laughed. Lol.

  4. Thanks for the book recommendation. I love to teach my boys about culture. Check out my site if you still need a solution for your future tooth fairy visits. esty.com/shop/scrappypants.

  5. Losing a tooth seems like such a big kid thing to do. I will have to look for this book.


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