Archive for May, 2011

“Every new beginning comes 
from some other beginning’s end.”
— Semisonic’s “Closing Time”
Sean about to get his first tooth – July 2005

Sean about to lose his first tooth – May 2011

After three weeks of gentle wiggling and carefully biting his food with his side teeth, Sean’s first loose tooth was finally jolted almost free by a stray ball in the backyard. I’m not sure if it was the blood or the extra wiggliness of it that convinced him he was ready to just get it out for good, but after a few hard tugs from Daddy (and a few yells and tears from Sean), our little boy was sporting his first toothless gap.

I was cheering for him on the outside, but on the inside I was still wondering how it’s even possible that my little baby is already big enough to start getting his adult-size chompers. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the bittersweetness of childhood milestones.


And then Chris and I had the fun of determining what the tooth fairy’s going rate was going to be in our house. Sean was expecting pennies (maybe we should have humored him), and we contemplated a quarter or two until we remembered that we got quarters for our teeth. We figured the tooth fairy’s rates have probably changed in the last 25 years, so decided maybe a dollar might be more appropriate. (I was just thankful we had a dollar and weren’t stuck with nothing smaller than a $10 bill like one girl I know when her son lost his first tooth. That tooth fairy was broke by the time that kid lost all of his teeth!)

I’m curious: What is/was the going rate for teeth in your house?

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