17 November 2005

that tooth fairy, she can fly

ava lost her first baby tooth on monday at school. that sweet little tooth. it's been hanging on for a while now, threatening to flee the scene. hung around long enough to get a taste of the halloween candy goodness and then it must've decided it was time to give up the fight. so tiny, that sweet little baby tooth. which got me to thinking about how tiny that ava-girl once was and well, I don't think I can stand to think about that for too long. I start to feel all mushy and soft and sentimental inside and there's just no time for that today, no time for the weepiness.



we spent monday evening excitedly discussing the tooth fairy. is she small? or is she a giant? how does she know when all the kids lose their teeth? what does she wear? does she fly? and if so, how? we have come to the conclusion that she is very tiny and that she travels with a tiny computer where she receives emails from all over the world from parents of newly toothless children. we're pretty sure she can fly and also believe she has sparkly wings that change colors. we decided we needed a special box for the tooth and so out came the paints and brushes and crayons and an old jewelry gift box that was just begging to be reincarnated as something more fabulous and important. I had to hold back my gasp of mama-like horror as ava placed that FRESHLY PAINTED little box under her pillow. one look into those eyes all lit up with excitement and possibility... I just didn't have the heart to point out how the gloppy wet paint might make a mess. bedtime was a breeze that night, you would have thought it was christmas eve. and true to christmas-morning fashion, ava woke me VERY EARLY the next morning to show me what the tooth fairy had left in the box: a plastic purple heart ring with a dollar bill attached and a shiny new fifty-cent piece.

and that big kid tooth is already pushing its way through, the first of so many. when ava went to show off her 'new' smile to daddy, he said, "wow. you look like a real kid!"... and it breaks my heart a little, but she does. she really does.

(ava drew a picture of the whole thing and it is lovingly featured here on loverboy's blog... and there's a little more of the toothless wonder here)

18 comments:

  1. well my oh my it is nice to know that the tooth fairy has entered the digital age!

    ava is a dear!! how fun it must be to make a special tooth fairy box with her! :)

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  2. oh the tooth fairy, i remember actually feeling the 'tooth fairy''s hand going under my pillow and trying so hard to stay asleep and still because of course everyone knows that if you are awake she will disappear. oh to be a little girl again. ava is extraordinarily blessed to have such fun parents that love her so well.

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  3. i'm dying over these pics of her...too sweet!

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  4. ah ava, ava ava! growing up! as i was saying in ward's blog, i like the idea of the tooth fairy having a computer with her as she flies. so imaginative! so bittersweet these things. and when we were going through them they seemed like a big deal, but not so sentimental. noah is currently just realizing that we loose teeth, as his friend chloe has just lost hers, so he keeps asking me if he still has his teeth. not for a while yet. (thank goodness)!

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  5. Great pictures! Yours and Ava's! Let's see a picture of that great box! $1.50, man I got a dime for my teeth, dern inflation...

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  6. too heart breaking!
    when those big grown up monstrosities come ramming through and those gorgeous little baby teeth are lost... it's another ending ad beginning!

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  7. I agree. I think the Tooth Fairy is very tiny and has a tiny laptop. I'm just not sure where she keeps all the money....

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  8. Ah, don't forget -- she has a magic wand to *poof!* the money into her little purse she carries around. At least that's what they tell me.

    I love these shots, Andrea. You did a wonderful fantastic marvelous job on the photos. And of course, a great job on the writing. Lovely.

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  9. I love the story. Sweet and beautiful.
    the photos are fabulous.
    tooth fairy has a laptop & a wand to take care of any money carrying issues. Lovely.

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  10. isn't it great how the tooth fairy story can adapt to any time period? now the tooth fairy takes emails :) So great :)

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  11. PRECIOUS!
    And the artwork rocks.

    (bears repeating!! my sentiments exactly.)

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  12. The milestones are coming too fast and furious for me. I will always remember how I felt the first time I held Ava. She was a chunk of a four month old and I thought you were placing pure gold on my lap. My heart flipped over and split open and I experienced at age 30 a brand new emotion. Then she was leaving her crib, then using the potty, then going to preschool with all those other kids, then - gulp - kindergarten? And now this rite of passage into big-kid-dom. Tomorrow I will be happy for the thrill my little friend Ava experienced on Monday. Tonight though I can't help but indulge in the weepiness.

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  13. hurray! we cant wait to see the gaping hole first hand! now Luxie has decided her teeth are loose and she is going to be six and she is going to get her big girl teeth too (and why not? anything Ava does has got to be pretty cool, right?)

    cute hat too!

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  14. You made my day with this story. Thank you!

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  15. I have three boys. 4, 2 and 5 months. I will never ever forget the feelings that awoke in me the moment I first looked at my 4 year old. Red, wrinkled and swollen I truly believed the world was envious of me having such a beautiful, perfect, baby. Now that I'm on #3 I realize they are all equally beautiful and perfect. But, I can still look at his face and all those feelings I had no idea existed before him rush over me and take my breath for a minute. I frequent your site and feel a twinge with each of Ava's milestones. I will be there next year. I try to prepare myself. She is beautiful. Enjoy each moment.We are so blessed to be part of their journey's.

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  16. omg im totally tearing up (must be the hormones- hehe) but what a doll. i just love that toothless pic! yay for ava!!

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  17. thanks, all.

    meridith- that story is so stinkin sweet.

    jan- yes you have a while til noah loses that first tooth... so glad you can relate!

    katiek- I know, inflation, right? I usually got a dime too, though occasionally got a shiny new quarter... score!

    glam jo- I'm going to have to ask ava about that one... I'll bet she'll have an answer.

    nancila- I love that you have been able to watch ava grow up with me... she so adores you. it means so much to me that we are experiencing this bittersweetness over ava's lost tooth together.

    jenn- thanks so much for sharing your sentiments here... happy to hear that you enjoy reading about my ava-girl and I know you will truly enjoy experiencing the coming milestones with your boys... whatta wild ride parenthood is...!

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