A tooth fairy? "...Sure enough, the next morning, Mustard had taken his magic key and signed his lease. Our 'fairy' had moved in."
Losing a tooth can be a chance to get creative
Parenting is all about the milestones. Your baby’s first smile, first steps and first words - most of which, I recorded in my children’s personal child health record, aka 'The Red Book'. Though Ethan, my eldest, definitely has had markedly more entries in his red book compared to his little brother Logan...
One thing I did do for both was record not only their first tooth, but all twenty baby teeth and the order in which they arrived. Call it a science experiment but I had read that baby teeth usually fall out in the order in which they came in. Typically it starts with the lower centre teeth, at around age five or six.
And sure enough, at the grand old age of five years and four months, Ethan got his first wobbly tooth. It took a good few weeks before the tooth (yes, it was the lower centre tooth - and the first one he cut) actually fell out.
During this time, Ethan refused to let anyone touch it so we had days of him talking strangely trying to keep his tooth in place. By the end it was literally hanging by a thread, often at quite a jaunty angle to the rest of his teeth, including the new adult tooth that was already visible.
I started to get a little bit worried that he might lose his milk tooth if it fell out while he was at school or that he might accidentally swallow it. In the end the tooth decided to make its grand exit from his mouth in the middle of Logan’s 3rd birthday party and made it back home in the safety of my purse ready for the tooth fairy to visit.
When we first spotted Ethan’s wobbly tooth we started talking about how you put your the tooth under your pillow and a tooth fairy will come and take the tooth and leave money. To make things more magical we put up a little purple door from The Irish Fairy Door Company.
Ethan named our fairy 'Mustard' and sure enough, the next morning, Mustard had taken his magic key and signed his lease. Our fairy had moved in. And in plenty of time to collect Ethan’s first tooth and leave money and a note - with tiny handwriting of course.
I think this fairy door has a lot of potential. Mustard already has a direct line to Santa. And he also has a friend called 'Daphne the Dummy fairy'. You can guess what she’s coming to collect from Logan...
Kirsty McCabe writes her weekly column here on www.juniormagazine.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter: @juniormagazine to keep up with the latest news
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