Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Tooth Fairy STEALS

Losing teeth is a pretty uncommon occurrence in this house.  For the past year or so they have all come out of Phillip's mouth.  It has been quite a while since Lexie lost a tooth, with the complications of her not having a few of her permanent teeth and all.  When Phillip loses a tooth, it's not a big deal in the typical ways.  It's a big deal because it normally involves tackling him and holding him down while trying not to lose a finger to his bulldog jaws while trying to pull the tooth out of his mouth.  It involves lots of screaming, crying, struggling, and cursing.  It's not a pretty picture.  The last few teeth have just kind of "disappeared" because I didn't want to have to fight him on it.  I'm not sure if they fell out at school, or he ate them, or what happened to them.  Anyway, long story short, Phillip losing teeth does not involve the tooth fairy because there is rarely a tooth for the fairy to get. 

A few nights ago, while Lexie was supposed to be going to sleep, she kept complaining that her tooth was hurting her.  She had mentioned a couple of times that it was loose, but this was the first time she said anything about it hurting.  Had it not been half an hour past her bedtime, I might have been a little more sympathetic.  I asked her if she wanted me to yank it out, because that was the only thing that was going to make it feel better.  She clapped her hand over her mouth and her eyes started to tear up as she whimpered a quiet "no".  I told her to go to sleep then because there was nothing else I could do for her. 

A couple minutes later, she came out again and told me she was bleeding.  I told her to go get a tissue and get back in bed.  She went in to the bathroom and came out about 30 seconds later holding her tooth.  She had pulled it out all by herself.  I asked her if she felt better, she gave me a big smile with a big hole in it and said yes.  So again I told her to go get back in bed.  I didn't think anything else of it. 

The next morning, I was getting Lexie up for school and went over to her dresser to turn off her night light, and there on the dresser next to it was her tooth in a little plastic bag.  Well, crap... guess what I forgot to do.  She sat up  and looked at the dresser.  "The tooth fairy didn't come!"  I told her the tooth fairy didn't come because the tooth was on her dresser.  She didn't know to come because she didn't put it under her pillow.  She looked at me with this panic stricken look on her face.  "I can't put it under my pillow!  What if the money falls off the bed again and I can't find it!"  This is all in reference to LAST time she lost a tooth and the tooth fairy "put the money under her pillow but she must have shifted during the night and it fell on the floor under her bed."  or I forgot about it and hurried and threw some money under her bed while she was crying.   I told her we'd deal with it that night because it was too late then and she had to get up and get ready for school.  This tooth fairy doesn't keep cash so something needed to be done to remedy that.

All day long, I kept thinking there was something I needed to get cash for, but I couldn't remember what.  I figured whatever it was, it could wait until I remembered.  Well, I remembered at bedtime that night when I put Lexie to sleep with her head halfway down her bed so the money wouldn't "fall out again".  Way too late to get the money from the bank.  I had absolutely no idea what to do.  Then I remembered...  Lexie had a bank in her room that had her birthday money in it.  My mom had given her five brand new two dollar bills.  I could "borrow" one of them and hopefully she wouldn't notice.  So, I waited for her to fall asleep, went in to her room and broke in to her bank, and replaced her tooth with a stolen two dollar bill.  She was very excited when she woke up.  I'm hoping I can get all the money to the bank without her noticing she's missing some, or the tooth fairy is going to have some explaining to do.