My six year old lost her front tooth today. She has been wiggling it for weeks, trying to loosen it up. “Daddy! I’ve been wiggling and wiggling my tooth back and forth and now it is about to FALL OUT!”. My husband has been designated as the “professional tooth puller” around our house. So, it was a given that she would run to her daddy to tell him it was ready to come out.
My husband hopped up off the couch pretty swiftly. He takes this tooth pulling role pretty seriously. I think it’s the sweetest; watching him interact with our kiddos. He is so patient and loving, and was just as excited as her that her tooth was finally ready!
Before bedtime, I could hear the kids talking and giggling. “I wonder how much the tooth fairy will bring you”, my DS (dear son) said to his little sister. I’m lucky our change jar isn’t empty at the moment, otherwise the tooth fairy may have had to leave a note like she did a couple years ago for our son.
At the time, I was in nursing school and was up way past my bedtime studying for a big test the next morning. When I finally closed the books, I laid down almost immediately, forgetting to leave money under my sons pillow. The next morning, I woke him up early for school. “Mommy! She didn’t come! My tooth is still under my pillow!”, my DS says with tears filling up in his eyes.
WORST. MOM. EVER.
My stomach turned to knots. I had to come up with something quick.
“Oh no buddy, I am so sorry! You know what? I bet A LOT of kids lost a tooth yesterday and maybe she didn’t have time to make it all the way out to our house. I bet if we keep your tooth under your pillow tonight, she will show up”.
That night, while DS was sleeping soundly, I crept into his room and left the money, along with a certified letter from the tooth fairy:
I am so very sorry that I wasn’t able to pick your tooth up the night you lost it. So many children lost a tooth that day so I had lots of stops to make and ran out of time. My little wings can only fly so fast! I hope you can forgive me. I left you a little extra this time 🙂
Love,The Tooth Fairy
And that’s the year I paid my kid $5.00 for his tooth. Let’s just say DS was beyond ecstatic to recieve this personalized letter from the tooth fairy, herself!
Sometimes us moms get so consumed in the hustle and bustle of life, that we sometimes forget to put money under our kid’s pillow. Sometimes we forget to send field trip money. Sometimes we show up late to appointments. And I can’t be the only one who has stayed up late making a valentines day box because I completely forgot about it. It’s okay to not have it all together all the time.
Motherhood is crazy to say the least, but also the most rewarding thing you’ll ever do in your life. Just know that you’re not alone, mama. We are in this together.