Ben lost his first baby tooth this week. We didn't discover that he had a loose tooth until Tuesday morning and by Thursday after lunch it was out. It was his bottom front tooth and the one right next to it is loose too.
We had a talk on Tuesday about what happens when a tooth actually comes out, about the blood, and that it might hurt just for a minute, how you should spit it out- not swallow it. Ben likes to know all the facts about things, his mind has always worked that way, and he had plenty of questions.
Right after lunch on Thursday he came down the stairs with a certificate from his teacher and his tiny tooth in a bag, along with a big grin on his face. Ben said that after lunch he was washing his hands and felt his tooth sitting on his tongue. He spit it out in his hand and rinsed out his mouth just like we talked about. And the only one crying was me... sometimes I marvel at the fact that my "baby" is getting so big.
When we got home that afternoon I quickly sewed a little tooth fairy pillow out of felt, it has his name on it and a pocket shaped like a tooth. He placed his tooth inside that night and right before bed the questions started:
"Mom, how will the tooth fairy get in the house?"
"Well, I think she will come down the chimney."
"Then how will she get in my room?"
"She'll use her fairy dust to make herself small"
The next morning Ben was more than thrilled to find his tooth gone and a dollar in the pocket. And he is actually looking forward to the next tooth coming out.
And I'm glad that I am here for all the little stuff that are making Ben's life memories.