Posted by liafreitas | Posted in The Preschool Mommy | Posted on 13-07-2010
Tags: Disneyland, kindergarten, tooth fairy
Over the last six months, kids in LG’s preschool class started losing teeth. I was surprised because 5 years old seems a little young to me but more and more kids kept getting visits from the tooth fairy so what do I know? LG was mad at first because she didn’t have a loose tooth. I explained to her that she didn’t get her first tooth until she was 10 months old, which is pretty late, so she probably wouldn’t have a loose one for awhile. Sure enough, within a month she had a loose one.
As the weeks turned to months the tooth kept getting more and more loose. 3 weeks ago, I was sure the tooth was ready to come out. LG and I would floss each night trying to get it out. A few times I got the floss just right and yanked a little. Bad decision. Not only did I piss my 5 year old off but after a few attempts she was done letting me near her tooth. I would ask her to wiggle it for me several times a day. I would ask to wiggle it and she would promptly clamp down and say, “No way.” Sigh…..
Last week that tooth was barely hanging on. It was ready to come out but my advances were met with, “It will come out when it is ready Mom!” We were at a friends house for dinner and I was devising a way to get the tooth out. At this point I was scared it would come out in her sleep and she would swallow it! For dinner we made tacos along with some corn on the cob. I had tried corn before and LG just figured out how to eat it without getting near her tooth. Darn kid is smart!
With every bite I watched LG like a hawk. After a few minutes I gave up and we were all chatting about who knows what. While we were talking I noticed a strange look on LG’s face. Then she reached up and felt her tooth. I could tell something was going on.
“What’s wrong? Let me see.,” and I jumped up to take a look.
LG got very nervous and started crying saying, “No! No mommy!” She reached in to feel her tooth and it happened! I saw the tooth drop behind her row of teeth and she really started crying.
“It’s OK baby, your tooth fell out!!! Let me grab it.” I swooped it out showed it to her and then we promptly grabbed hands and started jumping up and down screaming!!!! It was a scene straight from junior high. We rushed to the bathroom because at this point LG was pretty shaken. We looked at the new window in her tooth line and she noticed it was bleeding. I explained why that was and we rinsed her mouth. We talked a bit about how it was a little scary but that it didn’t hurt right? She agreed and we headed back to the dinner table with a BEAMING 5 year old.
Her buddy Darius was waiting at the table and he was a little shaken up since Ashley was crying. He hasn’t lost a tooth yet so he was now afraid it actually hurt, which surprised me since this is a 6 year old who rides Tower of Terror at Disneyland!! LG promptly explained that it didn’t hurt it just was a weird feeling that scared her for a minute. D was satisfied and talk about the tooth fairy ensued.
As I sat across the table looking at my gap toothed baby, I realized she is growing up. She no longer looks like a baby. She is a big girl. She is amazingly beautiful, well spoken, and fun loving. Kindergarten starts in 4 weeks and I feel like I am already thinking of her prom and sending her off to college. It is all moving so fast!!!!