The Tooth Fairy Came To Visit
May 22 2008

Our 5 ½ year old son just lost his first tooth yesterday and the tooth fairy paid a visit to our house last night for the very first time.  He lost it at school and had it haphazardly carefully wrapped up in a paper napkin when I picked him up.

He was so excited to tell me about it!  He held the mangled paper napkin and kept fussing with it in the car.  We came inside and I opened the napkin and it wasn’t there!  I was probably more upset than him and asked him if he thought he dropped it at school and he assured me he hadn’t.  I kept asking him a million questions and he said it was probably in the car.  I was nervous that it wouldn’t be there and I would have to deal with a very upset 5 year old (and huge feelings of mom-guilt), but he climbed into the door and he looked around his booster seat and he found it.  Talk about breathing a million sighs of relief!

He didn’t want to tell his dad (who was out of town) about it until we picked him up at the airport last night.  And even then he wanted to keep the tooth at the house until we got back from the airport.

It was a very exciting milestone in our house! Not being sure what the going rate for the tooth fairy was, I put the question out on twitter and got some great replies:

LifeCandy @aruni – you’re lucky! my son (at 5) surfs and blogs regularly – he would’ve found the tooth rate himself eventually 🙂 about 3 hours ago from web in reply to aruni

thomsinger @aruni A SB Anthony or Sacagawea dollar is what the tooth fairly leaves for the Singer Girls. Unique & we get to lecture about strong women about 3 hours ago from web in reply to aruni

dpenna @aruni $1 sounds fair to me! about 4 hours ago from web in reply to aruni

dpenna @aruni hope I’m not too late: I gave $5 for the first, but after that $1.50 is all she gets 🙂 about 4 hours ago from web in reply to aruni

prCarrD @aruni I know a tooth fairy who leaves $10 per tooth! Crazy! about 4 hours ago from txt in reply to aruni

wendywood @aruni – my son just lost his first tooth and the tooth fairy left him a dollar as well. According to my son, going rate should be $100 each about 5 hours ago from twhirl in reply to aruni

NikkiPilkington @aruni When my daughter was young, 50p (a dollar?) so i think you have to allow for inflation 😉 about 5 hours ago from TwitterFox in reply to aruni

BeckyDMBR @aruni Not sure about the going rate, but congrats! 😉 about 5 hours ago from web in reply to aruni

LifeCandy @aruni – a quick online search last autumn when DS lost two at the same time turned up $2-$5/tooth! I was stunned! about 5 hours ago from web in reply to aruni

clgoodman @aruni Our tooth fairy leaves one gold $1 coin. about 5 hours ago from web in reply to aruni

abunslife @aruni Tooth fairy left 5 bucks for my son’s first tooth a few weeks ago, but she will leave a dollar from now on. Congrats! about 5 hours ago from web in reply to aruni

mgenovese @aruni My son just lost his first tooth last month. We were told $2 = going rate. So far he’s earned $4. Lots of teeth left though..hmm.. about 5 hours ago from web in reply to aruni

dpenna @aruni OH congrats on it being the first! Be sure to take a pic of the empty hole! about 15 hours ago from web in reply to aruni

dpenna @aruni We are doing the same tonight – for the eighth time! How many do they lose anyway? LOL about 15 hours ago from web in reply to aruni

infinitypro @aruni Wait on the post, but don’t forget the tooth fairy! 🙂 about 16 hours ago from web in reply to aruni

zenaweist @aruni don’t forget to do the tooth fairy thing. We’ve forgotten a few times! DOH! about 16 hours ago from twhirl in reply to aruni

ShamaHyder @aruni-maybe tomorrow. sounds like a fun post! about 16 hours ago from web in reply to aruni

We ended up giving him 4 quarters which he seemed very happy with.  He put them in his piggy bank right away.  I asked him if he wanted to buy something with it or save it and he said ‘save it’ which made me happy.  I’m not sure what he’s saving it for though.

His other bottom tooth is loose, so I’m guessing it will fall out soon.  I’m not sure how long it takes for all the baby teeth to fall out, but he could make quite a bit from the tooth fairy by then. 😀

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8 Comments on “The Tooth Fairy Came To Visit”

  1. 1 Diane said at 2:40 PM on May 22nd, 2008:

    I’m SO glad someone else mentioned forgetting a time or two! We had to lie once and tell the little one the tooth fairy probably already had made her rounds because she went to bed too late. Also once we didn’t have any cash/change on hand (she lost it late at night) so we again lied and said the tooth fairy needs more notice than an hour. LOL The things we do as parents!

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  2. 2 Erin Defosse said at 4:15 PM on May 22nd, 2008:

    I want some of those golden $1 coins that one of the members of the Twitterati mentioned!

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  3. 3 Kristin Gorski said at 8:49 PM on May 22nd, 2008:

    What a big moment in life! The picture says it all — he looks so proud. 🙂

    Your going rate of $1 (4 quarters or a dollar coin) sounds just right.

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  4. 4 Aruni said at 8:59 PM on May 22nd, 2008:

    @Diane – I have a feeling that we might forget a time or two as he loses more teeth and then our daughter starts doing the same in a couple of years.

    @Erin – It would be cool to have those golden coins!

    @Kristin – Yeah, I felt $1 was good. Plus he has a piggy bank that he likes to put coins in, so he enjoyed it. 🙂

  5. 5 Carole said at 8:54 AM on May 23rd, 2008:

    I wanted to make it a dollar, but the ex gave them $2 when they were at his house, so I felt I had to stick to that when they were here….

    Great pic, by the way!

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  6. 6 Michelle said at 3:59 PM on May 23rd, 2008:

    Awww… enjoy being the “tooth fairy” for as long as possible. My 10-year old asked me a couple of months ago, “Mom, who is the tooth fairy?”. Well, I quickly yanked him into the bathroom so his nosey 9-year old sister and 8-year old brother didn’t hear the question. After moments of going back-and-forth inside my head I decided to tell him the truth – if he PROMISED he wouldn’t tell.

    Well… it doesn’t end there. A couple of hours later he corners me on the couch, “Mom, who’s Santa, who’s the Easter Bunny?” …Needless to say my heart was broken in a million little pieces as I began to tell the truth –outing these magical beings — one-by-one.

    So, enjoy these precious moments of lost teeth (forgotten tooth fairy visits included), Easter Bunny visits, and Jolly St. Nick… because the “moment of truth comes all too soon”.

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  7. 7 Velma said at 9:15 PM on May 23rd, 2008:

    Oh, I have massive “failure to fairy” posts from my daughter. My son is convinced he’ll be losing some soon, but no way – they are all in tight, poor kid! I went the “Golden Dollar” Sacajewea coin route, since it seemed special enough. My NYC sister tells me that some of her kindergarden son’s classmates get up to $20 per tooth!

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  8. 8 Aruni said at 8:30 AM on May 24th, 2008:

    @Carole – I guess it’s hard to tell a kid that the tooth fairy had to cut her gift to kids when there is already a precedent. 🙂

    @Michelle – Oh no…what a hard day for him and you. 🙁 Hopefully he doesn’t tell his younger siblings too soon.

    @Velma – $20/tooth is crazy if you ask me! I don’t think I’ve seen these gold dollar coins that a few people mentioned.