Friday, July 29, 2011

The Replacements

Yesterday was D-Day.  The day Abby's been waiting for.  The day she had a date with dental destiny.  The day she lost her first tooth.  Correction, her first teeth.

{The Baby Teeth and The Replacements}

{Sharon Shows Abby Her Extractions}

{Toothless and Lovin' It}

Abby handled the dentist's chair like a pro.  She was full of patience and giggles as Dr. DeLaitsch wiggled & pulled out her teeth.  The tears came later.

After a night out for supper to celebrate her Papa's birthday, we returned to Grandma & Papa's house to retire for the evening.  Abby didn't need to be reminded to place her little treasures in her Tooth Fairy pouch and place it under her pillow, but somewhere in it all the emotions inside of her got the better of her and she fell apart.
Tears streamed down her cheeks.  After taking a few moments alone with her teeth I found her crying, "I have to let them go, it's part of life."  I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.  "All my teeth were my best buddies."  And on and on she went.  Finally I sat down for a heart-to-heart and simply told her she did not need to give her teeth away; if they meant that much to her, they were hers to do with as she wished.

In the end, the magic of the Tooth Fairy reigned.  Abby placed the pouch with her first two baby teeth under her pillow, and when she said good night she confided, "I'm moving over to make room for the Tooth Fairy."  No doubt that Tooth Fairy was grateful to have the space to reach under her head that night.
My usually late sleeper was up at 6 am this morning with the excitement of striking gold.  Low-and-behold the Tooth Fairy had left in their place Dr. Seuss' The Tooth Book and two one dollar coins.

I am happy to report so far today there have not been any tears.  Only little Abby with exactly as many teeth as she should have, and a whole life experience richer.

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