Yesterday, Jaysen lost his first tooth!
It was so exciting for him, and he looks so cute with this little space when he smiles. At first, I wondered if he would be preoccupied with the space, but he seems to play with it the same amount any other kid would. In fact, I had to goad him to have fun with it- "hey, why don't you see if this french fry will fit in there? What about this straw? Can you drink with the straw and close your teeth?" I think he officially figured out that his mom is strange.
Sorry, kid...you're stuck with me until you're at least 18.
We had been discussing the Tooth Fairy, as a preparatory measure (we will have NO surprises in this house), and Jaysen informed me that when you put your tooth under your pillow, the Tooth Fairy leaves you...a quarter. A quarter?!?! Awesome...I'm getting out of this so cheap! Then he tells me the Tooth Fairy also leaves video tapes. I told him I'd have to ask her, but I didn't think that was true.
So last night, Jaysen wanted to do anything but get ready for bed. I had him write a letter to the Tooth Fairy-"Dear Tooth Fairy, I lost my first tooth. Love, Jaysen." He ended up getting so angry because he couldn't draw a picture of a tooth (to his liking), he almost went into meltdown-mode, and then he drew a picture of himself, mad, and a really scared looking Tooth Fairy. Eep!
He was up and around doing a bazillion different things, from playing with play-doh to wanting to learn to play jacks. I finally told him that he'd better hurry up and get in bed or the Tooth Fairy won't come. The Tooth Fairy comes when you're sleeping. The next thing I know, he's in the bathroom putting toothpaste on his toothbrush. That little sucka brushed his teeth by himself, without supervision or assistance, got into bed, and called me to turn out his light. I could not believe it. (I still had to lay with him until he fell asleep.)
So the Tooth Fairy came, and left a dollar and a small bag of Hershey's kisses. Shut up! So my Tooth Fairy left candy! I had to make sure the Tooth Fairy experience was a good one after all that!
Anyway- this morning, I had to wake Jaysen up. When I told him I thought the Tooth Fairy had come, he said in a distressed tone "Oooh nooo! What are we gonna do?" Not exactly the response I was expecting. Did he think she "stole" his tooth? Did he want it back? What if he is expecting only a quarter? What do I do now??? I didn't do anything. I just sat there. Jaysen threw the covers over his face, and after about a minute, re-emerged with a half-smile on his face ready to check out his bounty.
In the end, he was happy.