My little guy was a real old man baby. He was bald as could be until age 2 AND he didn’t get his first tooth until he was well over 1-year-old.
All through this first grade year he and his twin sister have been moaning and groaning about wanting to lose their teeth, so I am thrilled that yesterday my son did indeed lose his first tooth…at school!
He raced off the bus and told me the very long and detailed story about sticking his grubby hand in his mouth during recess, the tooth coming out and falling into the dirt…going to the nurse’s office and getting the tooth washed off…getting a small tooth picture hung up on the nurse’s fridge, etc. I LOVE IT!
I realized that I had no idea how much the tooth fairy doles out these days so I did a quick survey on Facebook. It seems the going rate is $5.00 for the first tooth and $2.00 for every tooth after. It was also suggested that dollar coins are a cool touch so my husband, who happened to be home unusually early from work, raced out to the bank. It had just closed, but when he described his plight for gold coins to be from the tooth fairy they let him in!
Years ago I had bookmarked a link for a letter from the tooth fairy. So we printed that and put it in an envelope with the coins. It was pretty comedic trying to get that noisy envelope under the pillow not mention locating that darn smelly tooth!
But my little man was so excited! He couldn’t believe the tooth fairy knew his “first AND last name”!
So now I feel prepared for future teeth loss. I saw some cute tooth fairy pillows on Pinterest but I’m on the fence.
And here’s my next question, what do I do with the tooth? I’m inclined to save it…is that gross? (warning I am also the insane individual who saved my kids’ belly button scabs until my husband begged me to understand that it was disgusting!)