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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Tooth Fairy, that was CLOSE!

My oldest lost his first tooth (awww) a few weeks ago. To help me remember my "job" I wrote in large letters on our dry erase board, "TOOTH FAIRY TONIGHT." We slipped him two quarters and it was a very exciting moment, come morning. Adorable.

A few days ago, out came tooth #2. This time I forgot to write my BIG reminder note. So, picture this. It's about 6:30 am. I'm in the shower, DH is half naked at the sink shaving. DS comes in to use the toilet and says something like, "I know there are coins under my pillow, but I'm not as excited to look cuz it happened last time." So, to him, I guess the second time just didn't have the same pizazz so he didn't check before coming to the bathroom. Whodda thought? Well, DH peeks into the shower with this panicked face and asks if I did the quarters. Oh crap! I'm thinking. Go! Run! Put money under his pillow! So, in some miraculous fashion shaving cream and all, DH runs to the change jar, runs to DS's room, slips money under, takes the tooth out, all while DS is back and forth from the bathroom and doesn't suspect a thing. It was an amazing display of coordination a LUCK. What a relief.

So, I thought, what would I have said if he HAD checked and nothing was there!? Give me your "line", your "excuse". What? ...Tooth Fairy's wing were getting trimmed? She was out a little late at the Easter Bunny's party?


  • One time my husband and I were in the kitchen when my oldest came in saying that the tooth fairy must have forgotten. . .oops. . .my husband, quick thinker, looked at the calendar and said, "oh, it's the first day of spring, she's on vacation. . ." Nice.
    posted by Blogger wendysue at 9/27/2006 01:43:00 PM  

  • My niece had to keep putting her tooth under the pillow because the tooth fairy didn't come and didn't come. However, when she did come, she left extra money to make up for her lateness. So I would have said, "try again tomorrow. Sometimes she runs out of time with allthose kids, Must have been a busy night last night."
    posted by Blogger The Wiz at 9/27/2006 01:56:00 PM  

  • I don't think my kids will know about the tooth fairy. My husband doesn't like lying to them about imaginary people. My oldest is three and she likes to mention Santa Claus but we haven't yet said that he's not a real person, just pretend. It comes from some article he read about losing your childs trust by lying to them...or something. He has strong feelings about it and I don't...so my kids will be the ones breaking the news that their is no Santa Claus, Easter Bunny etc.
    posted by Blogger Lacey at 9/27/2006 02:01:00 PM  

  • I've forgotten. Sometimes the tooth fairy comes sometime the next morning during breakfast, or while they are at school. The tooth fairy comes eventually and since she gives money, no one has the right to complain about it anyway.
    posted by Anonymous JKS at 9/27/2006 02:57:00 PM  

  • Classic my mom:
    I get up, find my tooth is still there, and while my mom is helping me make my bed, she finds a dollar elsewhere, tucked in the bed...oh that tricky fairy.

    It's kind of like the coin in the ear trick.

    I think my mom told me that the tooth fairy knows we might want to keep our tooth (why my mom didn't retrieve it from under my pillow), and that she likes to mix it up a little by hiding it in the sides of our beds and such (why there is no money under my pillow, she forgot).

    lacey, I personally wasn't scarred by being lied to. In fact, just today I saw this ornament in a catalog that said: This house believes in Santa, and I smiled. The entire American continent deceives their children (and I am pretty sure it happens on other continents too), so I am ok with it. Check out this book, maybe your husband will like it.
    posted by Blogger Kage at 9/27/2006 05:12:00 PM  

  • katie, love this story. i felt like i was there in the apartment, sharing in the panic!! what a funny little kiddo.
    posted by Anonymous fellowstew at 9/27/2006 06:37:00 PM  

  • Ok, I feel SO much better! I though I was so terrible to forget--guess Moms find clever ways to get around it! Ha ha! Money hidden in the sheets! Love it. Vacations. Ha! I can so see my son getting older and just rolling his eyes at the ridiculiousness!
    posted by Blogger Katie at 9/27/2006 06:54:00 PM  

  • This post came at the most PERFECT time --#1 will be losing her first tooth any day now. Great advice, excuses (hahaha!) and a good reminder to REMEMBER! :)
    posted by Blogger Cheryl at 9/27/2006 08:15:00 PM  

  • My mom had me put my tooth on the kitchen table rather than in my bedroom- "It's so messy, and your tooth is so small! What if the tooth fairy can't find it?" I think she did it partially so that she wouldn't forget and so that we really wouldn't loose the tooth. Later when I was 10 or so I found a box hidden in her closet. It was full of film canisters with her kids names written on them, and inside were all of our (sterilized) little teeth. She was so sentimental about it that she couldn't just throw them away.
    posted by Blogger Starfoxy at 9/27/2006 09:00:00 PM  

  • The tooth fairy still owes me a few dollars.

    I always put my tooth in a Ziplock baggy with a note asking the tooth fairy to let me keep my tooth. When I woke up in the morning (if the tooth fairy remembered--sometimes she was a few days or weeks late) the money was in the bag and my tooth was still there. I don't know what happened to all those teeth in baggies, but if I threw them away it wasn't on purpose.

    I recently had my last baby tooth extracted. I was so sad when I woke up from surgery and they had already gotten rid of my tooth. Didn't they think I might want that tooth? It was in my mouth for 25 years! I guess I get too sentimental about things.
    posted by Blogger Brittany at 9/27/2006 09:44:00 PM  

  • Lacey:
    My DH had the same attitude about Santa, but I love the holidays and could not imagine a childhood for my children without the hope and anticipation that comes from wishing for good things. After DH realized and saw how much my DS loved "kitty clause" it restored his trust in the magic.
    posted by Blogger trimama at 9/27/2006 10:37:00 PM  

  • My office sent out ipods a few years ago with a saying on the back
    "Happy Holidays from your friends at Kroll Zolfo Cooper".
    I talked to one of the bankers who received one. He had given his to his son from "Santa". His son had been playing with it (he was 9 or 10) and asked his parents who Kroll Zolfo Cooper was. "Elves! Those are the names of three elves!" Phew. He bought it. I thought that was clever.
    posted by Blogger Melissa at 9/28/2006 12:16:00 AM  

  • THERE'S NO SANTA CLAUS?????!!!!!!!

    (I like the magic of childhood- fairies and gnomes and leprachons aren't real, either, but how magic it is to play in the leaves and flora of the backyard, imagining all sorts of forest creature living there, building houses for them, leaving treats and letting the mind have fun... Have your husband read "Yes Virginia" from the NY Post in the 1930's (?)-- or any book by Rudolf Steiner or any Walforf School book...)
    posted by Anonymous tracy m at 9/28/2006 08:09:00 PM  

  • Love your story Katie and I also love hearing all the excuses given. Parents got to keep on their toes!

    Lacey, I totally know where your husband is coming from. I might have read the same article about trust issues. Also, my husband had a crazy professor in college that talked about how bad it was to let your children believe in Santa for the same reasons and also because don't you know if you switch the letters around it spells "satan".

    I did give it all some thought and one of my reasons for following the tradition of Santa/Tooth fairy/easter bunny (besides the other good ones given here) was that I did not want my children to be responsible for destroying the innocent beliefs of other children. And I don't want them thinking they are smarter than the other kids because they know the "truth".
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 9/28/2006 11:10:00 PM  

  • my mom would tape the tooth to a 3x5 card and have us write a little note to the tooth fairy. When the "fairy" would take the tooth it would go into my mom's cedar chest and when I was older my mom gave me the teeth and the cute notes I wrote to the fairy. It is a really cute keepsake from moy childhood. . .Also, it made it easy for my parents to grab the tooth from under the pillow!
    posted by Blogger Natasha at 10/03/2006 05:47:00 AM  

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