A very special rite of passage happened for Gabriel this week, he lost his first tooth!
On Friday afternoon when picked Gabriel up from school he came running towards me smiling widely. Straight away I noticed something, a gap on the bottom row of his teeth. I felt my heart stop for a moment, at first I thought perhaps he had had some sort of accident, I had visions of him having fallen down some stairs or worse, been smacked in the face?!! His tooth had not been wobbly at all, Gabriel wasn’t old enough to be losing teeth, was he?! Before I managed to ask him, he shouted happily ‘Mummy! Mummy! I’ve lost a tooth!’
To my amazement Gabriel appeared almost celebratory! ‘Wow! When did that happen?’ I asked him.
He considered his reply for a few seconds and told me that he wasn’t sure. He recalled eating a cake at lunchtime, then when he checked in the mirror later afternoon, his tooth was gone! No pain, no stressing and no worries!
I admit I did feel a little emotional. As parents we focus the early years on coping with teething pain and gaining teeth, now Gabriel was about to lose all those baby teeth and replace them with ADULT ones. Gabriel wasn’t phased though, he didn’t even seem too concerned about where the tooth was. He had definitely lost it, but I reassured him that the tooth fairy would certainly visit anyway. She could locate the tooth and leave a coin, if he wrote her a letter explaining what happened.
So we did, Gabriel wrote a letter and placed it under his pillow at his Grandma’s. Sure enough, a shiny gold coin (£2, apparently this is the Tooth Fairy’s going rate?) was his on Saturday, to spend just how he liked.
I’m super proud of Gabriel. He wasn’t scared or confused by the loss of his tooth, he took it in his stride and got on with his day. He wasn’t even sure if he had swallowed it, but again he thought that was quite funny! (Gah!)
Later, after Gabriel broke the news to Daddy, Dave & I did laugh about the amount of cash kids make out of their teeth these days- a child usually has twenty teeth, so one down, nineteen to go. A nice £40 profit for Gabriel there!
I found this chart online, from Healthy Canadians it’s pretty useful in terms of which teeth are likely to go first and also a rough order of loss. Helpful when checking for wobblies! Of course, the ages suggested are only an estimation, but at least now we are on that road, I have an idea of the direction we’re heading!