The Tooth Fairy Will NOT Be Visiting Our House Tonight (and what we’re doing instead)

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.)

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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.

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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!

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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!

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2 Responses to The Tooth Fairy Will NOT Be Visiting Our House Tonight (and what we’re doing instead)

  1. Lisa Stinchcomb says:

    Aw. Jacob has lost most of his teeth. There’s one more, a shark tooth I suppose, coming in behind a baby tooth. We have not done Santa and Tooth Fairy, either, but not because I didn’t want to. I grew up with those magical traditions. Carter did too, but he didn’t want to perpetuate them. I should also add, to explain further, that I am the sci-fi, fantasy buff in the family. I love the impossible possibility of it all, those other worlds. He likes to sit beside me and point out how it is not possible for a space ship to be stuck in time while time outside goes on as before, and equally impossible to simply get unstuck by reversing the engines. I tell him to go in the other room and let me finish watching my show. What that means for Santa and the Tooth Fairy is that I tell them all about the magic of Santa and coming down the chimney and flying reindeer, and then Carter tells them it isn’t true. Ditto with the bunny and the Tooth Fairy. The kids haven’t missed out on anything. Take care!

    • Laura says:

      This comment is cracking me up! This things that I never learned about you and Carter! 🙂 I do, to be honest, worry that I’m not injectiong enough of the magic/mystery into my kids’ childhoods (as I know so many families’ love to do) but I have to trust that we need to do what works the best for our kids and our family and I frankly don’t have the time or energy to do it. Sounds like your kids are free to choose however much mystery they want! 🙂

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