In August, Gracie and Lukie met the dentist for the very first time. He was very nice and patient with them. They had lots of fun and they think the dentist is a nice man with dolphins on his walls. He told us then that Gracie was getting ready to start losing teeth. Two of them would need to be pulled because she had an extra baby tooth that was crowding the others, but on the bottom, she actually had adult teeth starting to push the baby teeth away. For a moment or so, I was petrified by the idea of teeth being lost. I mean, these are my five year olds! They can't possibly be old enough to lose teeth! But they were so excited about getting their "Mommy" and "Daddy" teeth, that I could not help but be excited for them. Alas, I forgot about the Tooth Fairy.
I did not really think about how the whole Tooth Fairy thing would go. I mean, there are some crazy parents out there. They "glitterize" their money before they put it under the pillow or they do elaborate scavenger hunts for kids to find their treasure. Me? When Gracie lost her first two teeth (to the dentist), I was not prepared. After I panicked for a few minutes, I realized that I could do something on our own and the Tooth Fairy letter was invented. I downloaded a pretty picture of a tooth fairy and typed up letters that were left with the money under the pillow. Gracie and Lukie get so excited when they see a letter from the Tooth Fairy. I'm so glad I did something that worked for us.
Since Gracie's surgery, she lost a tooth at school (The envelope holding it was lost again in extended care. Luckily, someone found it.) and she lost another one a few days ago. Daddy has been joking with her that she has windows in her mouth. He will play with her and say she has little Whos living in the windows of her teeth. She always giggles when he says that.
It has been a couple of days since Gracie lost the latest tooth and already, those adult teeth are pushing higher and higher in her mouth. The gap on top, the one from her surgery, is still quite glaring, but it is getting better as it heals.
Lukie wants to know when he will start losing his teeth. He will not be comforted by the reassurance that it will be soon. He thinks of himself as the bigger and stronger twin and he wants to do things first. Unfortunately for him, Gracie seems to do most things first, but he is never far behind!