Sydney's two front bottom teeth have been loose for quite some time now. As a matter of fact, the "grown up" teeth have already come in behind the baby teeth (Hello Dr. Orthodontist. Shall I just sign over my first born to you now?) and the baby teeth still were loose! The girls went and had sleepovers last night (Liv and Emma at Emma's grandma's house - they made cakes, got manicures and pedicures - what a life!) and Sydney with Emma's brother Bubba at Bubba's house (also known as "Aunt Beth and Uncle Chris's" house - Beth being one of my best friends and our kids are all the same age and have grown up together and are also the best of friends).
Anyway, Sydney's had these loose teeth for quite a while now and they just weren't getting any looser. I checked them before she left yesterday and told her she needed to start working on them - moving them back and forth, making them looser - you know the drill. Apparently she listened to me because she lost one at Beth's house this morning (her first tooth and I wasn't there!!) According to Beth and Chris, it really wasn't loose enough to come out - I think she must have used pliers in her desperation to have the tooth fairy visit. When she showed Beth (who immediately called me) and told Beth the tooth fairy would FINALLY come to her house, Beth asked her how much she thought the tooth fairy would bring. Sydney's answer :
"About twenty dollars"
At which point Beth began to laugh hysterically.
So, the tooth has been up under her pillow in a little purple velvet bag since she got home from their house at about, I'd say, 2:00 this afternoon =)
They fell asleep before I could get a picture of the toothless girl...
But here's the tooth! (I took it out of the bag for the picture and carefully placed it back in) So what is the going rate for a bottom front tooth?
Of course, Olivia told her that sometimes the Tooth Fairy gets too busy and can't make it right away so you have to leave your tooth under the pillow for a night or two until she gets to you.
Yeah, sometimes, the Tooth Fairy forgets about the tooth under the pillow and then has to run around the house looking for change and then run to the neighbors to borrow a dollar bill only to remember, while standing on their porch at 1:00 a.m. (after waking up in a cold sweat and realizing that the child would wake up in the morning and the first thing she would do is check under her pillow only to find the tooth STILL SITTING THERE FORGOTTEN) that the neighbors were on vacation.
The tooth fairy, at that point, was out of options.
In the Tooth Fairy's defense, she's got a lot on her mind, she drinks and quite frankly it's very hard to try to pick up all the teeth in one night and leave cash. I mean, come on! It's a thankless job. How would you like flitting around from house to house picking up stinky, bloody teeth that haven't been brushed since God knows when, from under pillows while trying NOT to wake up the kid whose head is laying RIGHT THERE, all while carrying a sack of teeth, a sack of cash, a scepter and freaking fairy wings? Not me, thankyouverymuch. If I was her, I'd outsource it.