You will not want to look at the last photo in this post if pictures of fresh tooth holes make you a bit queasy. So I’ll leave that one until the end to give you time to sign off!
Ellie lost a tooth this morning! (She’s almost exactly 5.5 years old.)
The new tooth is already well on its way to coming in, meaning she’s had a shark tooth for probably at least two weeks. I have a very curious mixture of excitement and sadness for this new milestone in our family’s life. Ellie already is feeling so grown-up to me and this loss of a tooth is just confirmation that indeed, she’s stepping into a new phase in her life.
We don’t do Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny in our family and I didn’t want to do the Tooth Fairy either. It wasn’t part of my growing-up experience (I find the idea a bit creepy to be honest, probably because I have no childhood memories attached to the tradition.) However, I also didn’t want Ellie to feel deprived of something special that all the other kids get and did want her to have a way to mark this special time in her life. So I did a bit of online “Tooth Fairy alternative” searching and we came up with some ideas together. She decided that she wanted me to make her a special bag to put her tooth (teeth) in. She chose the fabric from my stash and I added an embroidered “E” for fun. We’ll keep the bag in her box of “very special stuff” so she can add her other teeth to it as she loses them (if she wants to). Maybe someday she’ll be able to make a complete model of her baby teeth mouth!
We also decided that each time one of our kids loses a tooth, they’ll get to pick out a special celebratory meal (teeth are for eating!). Yiayia is going to join us for our dinner on Friday. Ellie has chosen bacon cheeseburgers with oven-roasted french fries and crispy roasted cauliflower for her special meal. I’m in favor of that meal!
The past week, we’ve had fun reading the book, Throw Your Tooth on the Roof. It tells of many tooth traditions from around the world. We learned that we’re really acting like Lithuanians (keeping the tooth in a special box/bag) and that there are an awful lot of mice taking teeth in non-English speaking countries!
So hooray for Ellie! She’s growing up and losing teeth! In case you can’t tell by the pictures above, she’s very excited about it! (And she told me we should write a blog post about this!)
Fair warning – here’s the picture of her mouth. Don’t look if you don’t want to!