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Sometimes my 6 year-old daughter Dylan has a way of sucking just a bit of the joy out of the milestones of childhood.

Like losing her first tooth.

It’s been wiggly for weeks and then just before bedtime, it fell out. Oh the joy! MY BABY LOST HER FIRST TOOTH!!! Get the baby book. We’ve got to write this down. My little girl is all grown up!

Wait – why is she crying?!

While some children might start dreaming of how to spend their tooth fairy riches, Dylan did not. Instead, she sobbed.

Rick and I figured she was completely freaked out by the idea of some fairy flying into her room on a broomstick in the dark of night and grabbing the tooth from beneath her pillow with a bony, wrinkly fairy hand. So we told her that we could easily mail the tooth to the tooth fairy and no one had to enter our home. I mean, we have an alarm for just these kinds of situations.

But no, that wasn’t enough. The sobbing continued.

Turns out, she just didn’t want to be the center of attention and figured a missing tooth would turn her into the Suri Cruise of kindergarten. I promised her that I would not contact TMZ with news of her missing tooth. I tucked her into bed.

But yesterday, I got a picture…

And she even let us put the tooth under her pillow.

I hope that fairy knows the alarm code.

22 Responses to notify the tooth fairy! oh, maybe not.

  • Bryn says:

    Last Christmas I had to promise my then-two-year-old that I would meet Santa out in the street to collect her presents because she didn’t want him coming in the house. It hadn’t even occurred to me that we might have Tooth Fairy issues in the future.

  • Bitsy says:

    I hope she remembered to come. Our tooth fairy used to fall asleep and forget and then she would have to leave an apology note the next night saying how busy she was. She sucked.

  • Having been away, I just got to enjoy a whole week of you with my morning coffee. My husband just left for a week (he said it was business) so no one will interfere with my coffee pot. Love your radiant smile double doing the feeding in the car, we have had similiar issues on the growing up with our girls, don’t get me started on lice and just deleted a comment where someone gave me h*ll for writing about coffins as ‘it was insensitive and uncaring, and clearly not taking people’s feelings into consideration’ …. have a great weekend … I so enjoy reading your blog, thanx for all the good, the bad and the ugly 🙂

  • Oh wow, she sounds so much like my oldest! He could make a headache out of the most precious early childhood milestones by overthinking them! He’s 11, and STILL leaves a note along with his tooth to the tooth fairy (which he knows isn’t real) asking that she leave the tooth behind, because he really can’t part with it, but still wants his dollar.

  • red pen mama says:

    My 5yo was THRILLED to lose her first tooth, and her second. As soon as she feels a wiggle, she’s talking about it to EVERYONE she knows. Must be her daddy’s genes. That man can have a conversation with anyone anytime. I’m an introvert, and would stay at home (except for going out to dinner with people I know I like already).

  • Daphne says:

    Silly mama, fairies don’t ride broomsticks..just make sure he/she doesn’t sleep through the night and forget about the debt. That’s harder to explain.

  • annie says:

    She’s adorable!! My girls aren’t fond of the attention at school either. They were just thankful they didn’t lose any AT school because then they’ve pretty much lost the day.

  • Emilie says:

    So you got tears even though you skipped the traditional “tie the wiggly tooth with a string attached to a door knob and slam the door” trick that my mom thought was so much fun? Moms really can’t win…

  • Adorable picture! My almost 4 year old, Eleanor is terrified of losing her teeth (several 6 year olds in our neighborhood are currently showing off their gaps). She doesn’t like “any fairies coming into our house” and now that she’s given it some thought, she’s not overly fond of the idea of Santa’s annual break in either. And she has two whole years to continue to psyche herself out over this. Yeah!

  • I have it on good authority that the Tooth Fairy has a *wee* bit of a drinking problem. So don’t even worry if you knows the alarm code, because if she did she’d probably forget it since she’s drunk. So she just skips your house entirely!

    I know this because it happened to us. Or at least my kids think so when their tooth didn’t get picked up overnight. Oops!

  • francine Kasen says:

    My daughter thought the tooth fairy must be a big giant TOOTH with wings! She was NOT happy about the visit either…but the cold hard cash under her pillow helped disuade her fears. She even had a little pen-pal thing going on with the TF and left her a dime to thank her for her gift!

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    I think the Tooth Fairy should leave a copy of the record – ‘ALL I WANT FOR XMAS IS MY 2 FRONT TEETH’…

  • I got a text from my husband that one of our kids lost a tooth while I was at BlogHer. And I had to text back “I took all cash in the house with me to NYC.” The Tooth Fairy had to leave a baggie of 100 pennies.

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