April 18 12

I will be the first to admit that I often label things as THE WORST, even though they are not actually THE WORST. But, you see, at the time, they are the bane of existence, and are deserving of the label. People, I’m realizing, are kind of literal, and are quick to tell me that what I am whining about may not, in fact, actually be THE WORST.

Take, for example, when I tweeted about the sound of a person filing her nails. I called it THE WORST, because as I listened to my mother filing her broken nails, I got goosebumps over every inch of my body and needed it to go away rightthatveryminute. So, in that moment, it truly was THE WORST. People got all hot and bothered and were quick to tell me that it wasn’t the worst, as the sound of clipping nails was actually THE WORST. I will argue that at the time of said tweet, I was not listening to anyone clip nails. So.

Take, for example, when I announced that having to wiggle someone else’s tooth was THE WORST PART OF PARENTING, my friend was quick to point out that wiping someone else’s ass when said child is perched on all fours bum-blazing is, in fact, was worse than sticking your fingers in a child’s mouth. Fair indeed. But I haven’t wiped a child’s nether regions in a very long time (Winning!), but I have, in fact, wiggled teeth.

One tooth, to be exact.

One tooth that has been loose for exactly a year.

A very determined child has been working away at that thing for months and months and months.

At first it did not budge at all.

“Wiggle it, Mommy!”

Then it started to move, just a tad.

“Wiggle it, Mommy!”

Then it started to move back-and-forth, front-to-back.

“Wiggle it, Mommy!”

Then it started to move back-and-forth, side-to-side.

“Wiggle it, Mommy!”

And then, wonder of wonders, last night happened.

Finally.

I didn’t have to wiggle it anymore.

I did, however, have a giant cry because, you know, my baby lost her first tooth. I will never have another moment like this; I will never have another child lose her very first tooth. Bittersweet, at best.

And I did, however, have to dive headfirst into my couch cushions as a favor for the cashless tooth fairy.

(I did manage to discover $4.00 in change—thanks to my husband’s sock drawer, the bottom of my camera bag, and my car’s cup holders—and am feeling overly accomplished at this feat.)

And from the look on her face this morning when she discovered her reward AND that her tooth fairy—who she has named LouLou—allowed her to keep her tooth, I guess it really wasn’t THE WORST after all. 

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  1. Oh my gosh. I just love the name she has given her tooth fairy! In fact, I feel so honored with this accidental coincidence I want to take over tooth fairy duties for this child of yours! ;)

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    ali replied on

    Loukia!!! I almost emailed you last night to tell you!!

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    Comment by Loukia on April 18, 2012
  2. Yay!

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    Comment by Kristabella on April 18, 2012
  3. $4?? With inflation, doesn’t the Tooth Fairy leave twenties now?

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    ali replied on

    BITE YOUR TONGUE.
    :)

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    Avitable replied on

    I’ll try not to say anything next time (if there IS a next time!!!) that I get to see the kids. :)

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    Comment by Avitable on April 18, 2012
  4. I too just experienced the last of the firsts, as my “baby” also just lost her first tooth…there were many tears, and all of them were mine. I’ve realized that we don’t recognize when a “first” is a “last” until waaaaay after it’s happened…then we look back and say “hey! That was the last time I (fill in the blank)!”

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    Comment by Amberlea on April 18, 2012
  5. No, you were completely correct about nail filing being the worst! I don’t get manicures anymore because it skeeves me out so completely.

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    Comment by Anna on April 18, 2012
  6. That is so cute. I am so not ready for my kids to loose teeth. In fact I am pretty sure I am going to need to be medicated next year when my oldest starts kindergarden.

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    Comment by Corey Feldman on April 18, 2012
  7. you’re way better than me. When #3 lost his teeth, the tooth fairy got lost and ended up in Daddy’s wallet. And then, she just forgot to come.

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    Comment by mara on April 18, 2012
  8. When my baby #3 lost her tooth, the tooth fairy also forgot to come and baby #3 wrote a long note to the tooth fairy explaining her great displeasure that said tooth fairy did not live up to her expectations. The tooth fairy could never make up for it no matter how hard she tried.

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    Comment by Anne Rodrigues on April 19, 2012
  9. It really amazed me that my son losing his first tooth would be such a big moment in our relationship – he had troubles with losing it as well and his loose tooth became the focus of our frustration, happiness, and my crying. I guess it was just one of those things that I will never forget as a mother.

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    Comment by Jenny Garth on April 19, 2012
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