And so it has begun – the draining of the Tooth Fairy’s bank accounts due to our kids beginning to lose their teeth. Jack was the first – lost one of his lower front teeth in October. It was loose for awhile and then one day he decided it was time for it to go. I gave him the idea of gnawing on an apple and sure ‘nuf he had that tooth out in 10 or 20 little tiny bites. The excitement that coursed quickly through all of the Fab 5 once that little tooth popped out was quite an experience for all of us! The Tooth Fairy was generous – left him two bucks underneath his sleeping noggin – and so was Jack – when he found the treasure, he gave half of it to Brooklyn and declared that every time he lost a tooth he would give a dollar to one of the girls. This is not the first time Jack has exhibited a generous streak towards his girls and it melts our hearts every time! Chivalry is not dead as long as Jack Jones is part of our world…. :)
The next to discover a wiggly tooth was Brooklyn and it appeared a few weeks ago. And there it still is, not-so-firmly attached to her less-than-generous gums. Brooklyn won’t touch it except for the occasional wiggle to make sure it’s still there. Every time we suggest a way to get it out, she quickly says “No!” It’s been at least 3 weeks since the wiggle began and if teeth were attached to their gums with thread and a needle, that tooth would literally be hanging by a thread – a single, tattered, weathered, chewed up thread of a thread. And she won’t touch it…no way, nope, forget it.
And then there’s Lila. Lila discovered a wiggly tooth 2 days ago. And the tooth was out 10 minutes later. She first went for the apple and even though it got her gums bleeding, it wasn’t doing the trick for her. I told her that it might not be ready to come out and to give it a few days. A few minutes later as she was brushing her teeth she showed me how far she could push it back. It didn’t look ready to come out yet, especially since there was a decent amount of blood and I told her to give it some time. The next time I looked at her – no more than a few seconds later – that bloody spot on her gums had grown quite a bit and on further inspection I confirmed that the tooth was out! We found it in the bathroom sink…Lila had been pushing on it with her toothbrush and didn’t realize she had pulled that sucker out and spit it into the sink. I immediately went downstairs and hid the pliers…ha! The Tooth Fairy bestowed the same treasure upon Lila as she did upon Jack – 2 crispy dollar bills. And Lila danced! And Lila also sang! She sang and danced and showed everyone the treasure; and she showed us all the joy of being a kid who believes in magical fairies……
Three children, three teeth, three temperaments. It is such a joy to discover the the differences between our children when life’s experiences draw them out! Jack: patient to a point then focused on the task then surprisingly and blissfully generous. Brooklyn: patient almost to a fault, perhaps a little timid, but good things happen to those who wait…and especially to those who wait contentedly. Lila: hmmm…impatient maybe?? Excitable, eager, and ready for the next big adventure.
Three children and two more to go.
Three teeth and 110 teeth to go (give or take a few when adding in Eliot’s).
Three uniquely crafted temperaments (plus three more when their siblings are included)…………..And untold joy to discover in each.