"Moooommmmyyy! Moooommyyy! The tooth fairy didn't come yet?"
Eyes pop open...I look at the clock.
Whew...3:30 am. HAPPY DANCE!
Yep, I was happy it was 3:30 and not the real "time to get up" morning.
I pop out of bed and head to Jules's room.
She is distraught.
"The tooth fairy didn't come yet! The tooth fairy didn't come yet! Maybe she is not coming."
I am exhausted but have to get myself out of this...I created it.
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Just a few days ago Jules lost her first tooth...
and the next day promptly showed us another tooth was also loose...
and quickly became OBSESSED with this second tooth falling out.
She was incessant, insistent, and persistent all day about getting this second tooth out. It was not ready...almost but not quite. I could not take it anymore...I had literally told her that the tooth was "still there, and the tooth fairy is just waiting" 100 times!
Finally in an effort to divert her attention, I suggest she write the tooth fairy a note or draw her a picture just to let her know you are excited to see her again soon. This excited her...but then it turned into an obsession.
By bed time she had decided that the tooth fairy would be receiving one beautiful original piece of art (by Jules), one pink swirly bouncy ball, one penny, and one dime, so that the Tooth Fairy would not forget about here.
Under the pillow the treasures went,
and she sort of went to sleep, tossing and turning all night...
until 3:30 when she woke up, distraught.
And when Mommy realized she forgot to tend to her duties.
Once Jules was settled, I snuck into the garage, found some scrapbook paper,
a length of ribbon, and a pretty embellishment and
sat down at about 4 am to craft a response from the Tooth Fairy.
Just what I wanted to do at 4 am!
I quietly entered Jules's room and swapped out her gifts for
the Tooth Fairy note and went back to bed.
In the "real" morning she was ecstatic! She carried the note with her all day...
and around 6 pm started preparing another offering for the Tooth Fairy (yeah!).
Well, three days later that tooth is still in her mouth,
the Tooth Fairy has now collected:
2 Tootsie Pops,
a note that says "I love you Tooth Fairy,"
a flower button,
and fifty cents
(to add to the first night loot of a bouncy ball, penny, dime and picture).
|She is much happier than she looks!|
So, this is what I do as a mother...I come up with creative solutions to my kids obsessions and problems and, in turn, create, more work for myself...but to see their eyes light up and to hear them tell the stories over and over...there is nothing like it. It is a good reminder of the simple, sweet and magical moments that make you thankful you are a Mom!
(Now I must go write Note #3)
What crazy things do you do as a mom?