Thursday, July 10, 2008

It ain't easy being a tooth fairy...

July 4th marked another independence in our family. The liberation of Kai's first tooth. I know, she's too young, right? I thought so, too. I mean, by all accounts I should have at least a year, maybe two, before she starts losing teeth.

But, as usual, she does things her way and she went ahead and lost her first tooth. And, in what is a shining example of how things work in our family, she lost it in her 4th of July cook-out dinner. And swallowed it.

So, when it came time to do the whole Tooth Fairy bit we wrote a little note explaining what happened and I told Kai the Tooth Fairy would totally understand. We put the note under her pillow and off to sleep she went.

And, then I had a Strongbow and watched a movie. And I got sleepy. And I went to bed. Without remembering to do my Tooth Fairy duties.

The next morning a tearful and distraught Kai woke me up crying emphatically, "Wake-up Mom!! The Tooth Fairy forgot me. She forgot! I just don't understand!"

And then it hit me. I am the worst Tooth Fairy ever!

I told her that I was sure the Tooth Fairy came and maybe she just missed it. While she was distracted by telling her Dad the insult the TF gave her, I made a quick little note from the TF and slipped it in the pillowcase with $5. When we went back to her room I made her search everywhere. Then I told her that maybe since the tooth was in Kai's tummy the TF put the money inside something, too. She looked in the pillowcase and Ta-da! Redemption.

I had to explain that the TF doesn't always give $5 for a tooth only the first tooth (or when she forgets to get some singles and only has a $5 bill in the house) but she was quite happy about the whole thing. As luck would have it, the 5th was the huge Library book sale near our house so she was able to go get about 15 books for her $5.

She's already got another one on it's way out and I'm gonna have to step up to the plate this time and do it right. Otherwise, this is going to be one lavish (and guilt-ridden) Tooth Fairy!


Jane @ What About Mom? said...

Funny. Actually, I was thinking this post would be a good entry in the Imperfect Parent blogging awards.

I'm gonna go nominate it right now.

I think my poor kids are pretty resigned to the fact that the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus who visit our house are somehow just not as on-the-ball and generous as the ones that visit their friends' houses.

Jane @ What About Mom? said...

Hey, where's your permalinks to your posts? I need it to nominate you.

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Hey! We've had to write notes to the tooth fairy also!

Kim N said...

That is great. I almost had the same experience as the tooth fairy, but I bolted out of bed at 6:30 in the morning and scrambled to find some change and then crossed my fingers that my daughter wouldn't wake up while I did my duty.

My mom posted a cute story about my niece when she lost her first tooth that you might get a kick out of.

Ashley said...

This cracked me up! I too have fallen victim to the sleepy tooth fairy syndrome!
I actually wrote a post about it on my blog :) You should check it out so you won't feel so alone in your mommy guilt!

Kelsey said...

haha Thats too funny!

Gettysburg Mom said...

My son knows the truth about the whole tooth fairy business- so it's just a simple business deal. I recently told him I don't even really want the tooth. I saved the first one, the second one- by the third one I realized I have three kids and what was I going to do with all these teeth?