It’s happening and I just can’t believe it! I really should know better; after all, growing up is what they’re supposed to do. Right? Ugh, this whole ‘rite of passage’ business is stirring up some crazy emotions in me. My little Gia is not so little any more: she lost her first tooth!
It’s not like I didn’t have plenty of time to prepare for this. Actually, I think I had too much time because that tooth started wiggling ever so slightly a full 2 months ago! I had seen those sweet little boxes for storing the tooth safely under the pillow but just never got around to buying one. That darn tooth seemed like it was never coming out, so I just kept putting it off! Needless to say, I was caught off-guard when the day came and had to scramble. Luckily, I found a very old (1924) silver dollar coin from good old Grandpa and a handful of chocolate coins.
Gia very proudly wrote a note to the Tooth Fairy and sealed it in an envelope with her precious, tiny tooth. It was not easy to fall asleep that night by any means – much like Christmas Eve! The surprise and sheer elation the next morning was seriously out-of-this-world! Her favorite part was getting chocolate coins. This just goes to show that it doesn’t have to be about the money. I’ve heard of friends who have left $10, even $20 for a tooth. I don’t know if my girl would have been half as excited for the cash as she was for the treat. I say, as parents, lets take the pressure off of ourselves and just keep it simple.
And now, a week later, the second tooth is just about ready to come out as well. With each wiggle of that tooth, I can see my baby girl transform ever so slightly into a big girl. She is realizing how amazing it is to grow up, to have one more thing in common with the other big kids at school and one less thing in common with her little sister. I might be a little crazy, but I believe she is even walking a little taller and exuding just a bit more confidence.
It’s a magical sight to behold.
I’d love to hear about your child’s first tooth fairy experience as well – be sure to share in the comments section below!