Remember I shared about the loose tooth story over here?
Basically, Son2 HATED it and screamed ALL THE TIME. We could not touch his mouth, he refused to open it to eat and brush his teeth and eventually, the tooth came out and he swallowed it.
Prior to that, I discussed selling the tooth to the tooth mouse (that mouse does come to our house) and he refused and said “it’s mine tooth”. Well, that was that. As soon as the loose tooth was no longer an issue we all moved on.
The 2nd time around with a loose tooth was a complete non-issue, I think because he knew what to expect. We didn’t even talk about it.
Last week I was in bed and Son2 came to “visit” me – he does this to avoid going to sleep. The “visit” (which takes place anytime between 20:00 and 22:30pm – yes, I am THAT Mommy!) usually includes a bit of a cuddle and ALWAYS ends with him falling asleep in our bed. One of us has to carry him back to his bed.
Anyway. So my DH says to him “show Mommy your loose tooth”. He then proceeded to wiggle his VERY loose tooth for me. IT was quite literally hanging by a gum thread and watching him wiggle it went right through me and gave me the creeps! I did actually have to take a few deep breaths.
Then my DH told him to take out his tooth. And guess what?? He actually did this!!!
Now, I am not a person who is easily grossed out. I can handle bodily fluids about 97% of the time and I am fairly OK with general grossness.
But seriously. My kid pulling out his own tooth in front of me? THAT grossed me out completely. I was NAAR!
He was all matter-of-fact about it.
“Look mommy, here’s my tooth”, he said all excitedly. I couldn’t look at him. Or the tooth. And he was so proud of it which made it even worse! Fortunately there was no blood – I think that this would have freaked him out.
My DH asked him if we could sell the tooth. He said yes. So they got the tooth ready for the sale. Cleaned it a bit using a toothbrush and a damp cloth (please just try to picture this and tell me that I’m not being ridiculous by feeling completely grossed out by it) and put it in one of his shoes. ME? I stayed in bed. This entire thing made me want to VOM!
Son2 went to bed. We went to bed. The tooth mouse (i.e DH) had plans to wait for about 30 or so minutes before going to drop some change. Well, the tooth mouse fell asleep and forgot to go and purchase the tooth. In fact, the tooth mouse overslept. And so at 6:20am the next morning (i.e. the time when we nearly need to leave!), the tooth mouse (my DH) ran into the room and deposited the coins. Then he took the tooth to the loo to flush it and while he was doing that, Son2 woke up and went straight to look for his tooth. He wasn’t impressed with the money. He made it VERY clear that he wanted his tooth back!
I had to remind him that he agreed to sell his tooth and I then ALSO had to convince him that we could go to the shop to buy whatever he wanted. At this stage I was ready to let him buy WHATEVER and add to it if necessary. I TRULY cannot start my morning with a crying/upset/miserable child.
That evening, on our way home, we stopped at the PNP. He bought himself a packet of his favourite R5.99 Toppers biscuits. This morning he showed me that one of the top teeth were loose. It’s not that loose yet, just slightly. He’s working his tooth. Because he wants it OUT so we can go and buy more Toppers Biscuits! I think this is going to be his thing. Toppers Biscuits for a tooth. Maybe we should skip the money and just leave the biscuits there? Biscuits are his most favourite snack in the world!
Seriously. I don’t remember going through all this drama when Son1 lost his teeth? Is it only my Son2 that is so dramatic about all of this losing his teeth business?
A friend asked me last week how much our tooth mouse brings. I told her that our tooth mouse brings an amount of money that is equivalent to your age, in other words, if you are 6 years old then you’ll get R6. We introduced this with Son1 which was a good thing because these things can get expensive if you’re not careful! Sometimes the teeth fall out in quick succession OR there’s more than one of them at a time!
Is your tooth mouse richer than ours? And how does one deal with drama queen kids??