With three kids who all have big mouths full of teeth, another lost tooth isn’t a big deal. However, when someone’s little sister yanks the tooth out of her sister’s mouth, it becomes a blog post.
Here’s how it went down:
Erin has a bunch of loose teeth. Three to be exact. All in a row. One was really loose tonight. It looked like a nasty snaggletooth barely hanging on. As I was sitting across from her at dinner tonight, all I wanted to do was to pull that bugger out of her mouth. That led to a lively discussion on how her tooth should come out. We decided we’d tie a piece of dental floss around it and try pulling it out that way. It sounds simple. Make a loop and put it around said loose tooth. We did that. Many times. No luck.
I was ready to give up and let nature take its course, but Carrie wasn’t. So that feisty 4-year-old grabbed onto Erin’s tiny incisor and pulled it with all her might. Within seconds she yelled, “I got it!” I don’t know who was more surprised, Erin, Carrie, or me! Our jaws all dropped as we stared at the tooth sitting in Carrie’s hand. As Erin put her tongue onto the missing space where her tooth used to be, she broke into a huge grin. Then she realized that space was gushing with blood. Good thing she’s not afraid of the sight of blood. She very calmly grabbed a napkin and held it in her mouth until the bleeding stopped.
Then she posed for a picture with her sister and the now famous tooth.
Carrie was of the opinion that since she pulled out the tooth, she should get to put it under her pillow for the tooth fairy. That didn’t happen, but you can’t blame a kid for trying.
Let’s hope the tooth fairy remembers to visit this time around.