It’s another big first moment. Yes, N has his first wobbly tooth.
It crept up on me. I know several other 5 year olds who’ve recently lost their first, but thought we’d be waiting a bit longer. But no, he woke on Monday morning telling me proudly that his tooth was wobbly.
I think he was a little confused about how it’s still wobbly 2 days later. He was obviously imagining a brief wobble and then it falling out immediately after that.
After he got over the surprise of still having the tooth 2 days later, and moaning about how it’s hard when I brush his teeth to not hurt it, he’s taken over brushing over that tooth only! And the questions about the tooth fairy have started.
Now I know some parents don’t like the idea of the tooth fairy ‘lies’ but hey, a little bit of magic didn’t do us any harm. So I’ve been enjoying making up what I imagine the tooth fairy to be like. Maybe I should have made her a him, or an ugly tooth fairy without any teeth of her own, but I decided to go for the stereotype. Because it’ll be a lot easier for him to deal with when talking to other children about it.
‘How big is the tooth fairy?’
‘I’m not sure. Small’
‘This big’ cue him crouching on the floor.
‘Smaller than that’ a smaller ball of N on the floor.
‘More like Grandpa in your pocket size’
‘Ah small, like when he puts his shrinking hat on. DAD, the tooth fairy’s small like this size’ hand sizing ‘like Grandpa in your pocket’.
I love how he needs to relate sizes to things to understand the difference between big and small.
Later on, it’s obviously been preying on his mind.
‘If the tooth fairy is small, are there lots of them to help out?’
‘I’m sure she’s got some helpers yes’.
The next day
‘How does she know you’ve got a wobbly tooth and when it’s fallen out?’
That magic’s got a lot to answer for.
How old were your kids when they lost their first tooth? More importantly what’s the going rate for a first tooth?