Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Tooth Fairy Fail

Landon lost his very first tooth a few days ago.

He was super excited about his impending visit from the Tooth Fairy.

"When will she come get my tooth?" he asked, grinning from ear to ear.

I responded, "Tonight!  Make sure to leave it under your pillow, okay?"

Nodding his head, he clutched the ziploc bag, in which his tiny baby tooth was enclosed tightly, to his body.

"Hmmm, I wonder how much money she'll leave me?" he wondered.

I answered, "Well, I'm pretty sure the going rate is $5.00 for your first tooth!"

"$5.00!!!" he exclaimed, his brown eyes twinkling with obvious glee.  "Oh wow!  That's a lot of money!"

That night, before falling asleep, Landon made sure his baby tooth was safely nestled under his pillow.

After the kids were asleep, I said to Tim, "Hey, Tooth're the one who always has some cash so don't forget to leave some money for Landon, okay?"

He nodded his head and assured me that he would leave our child the money.

However, in the morning, I was greeted by a very upset 5-year old.

"Mommy!" Landon shouted from his room.  "The Tooth Fairy didn't come!!!"


Tim muttered under his breath, "Shit, I totally forgot."

I rolled my eyes and went back upstairs to console our child....feeding him some crap about how the Tooth Fairy's wings were broken and she couldn't get to our house in time before he woke up...blah, blah, blah.

"Okay," he sniffled.  "But she'll come tonight for sure?  You promise?"

Nodding my head, I replied, "Of course.  She wouldn't let you down two nights in a row!"

After the kids were tucked in bed that night, I reminded Tim to be sure to leave Landon some money for his tooth.

"You get one pass...that's it!  Please do not forget tonight, okay??" I begged.

"Okay, okay...I won't forget!" he assured me....again.

The next morning, I heard Landon crying.

"What's wrong?" I asked him, bending down to hug him.

"The Tooth Fairy didn't leave me any money.  She forgot again," he cried.

Really?  WTF?  I need to add Tooth Fairy to my already endless list of responsibilities around here like I need another hole in my head....or a 3rd set of twins.

I ran downstairs and lit into Tim.  "Did you seriously forget AGAIN?" I whispered between gritted teeth while the kids were still upstairs getting dressed.

Rubbing the sleep from his eyes, he looked confused.

"I thought I left some money for him.  I don't know...maybe I forgot again," he mumbled.

"For the love of God, it's his FIRST tooth.  And now we've completely traumatized him.  He thinks the Tooth Fairy hates him.  We're such crappy parents," I complained.

Then came the sound of laughter from upstairs....

"I found it, I found it," Landon yelled.  "She left me $5.00!!  It was under my bed sheet, not my pillow!  Silly Tooth Fairy!!"

Crisis averted...but I still wanted to slap Tim upside the head with a frying pan.

When the kids were all downstairs and eating their breakfast, Bella said to me, "I think the Tooth Fairy is a man."

I asked, "Why would you think that?"

She responded, "Because the Tooth Fairy is pretty forgetful."

My eyes darted over to Tim, who was still laying on the sofa and shaking his head...probably wondering why he ever thought marriage and kids were a good idea.

Major Tooth Fairy fail.

But you know what?  It wasn't the first time and it probably won't be the last time.

Just keeping it real, as always.

And I'm willing to bet that I'm not the only one who's had a Tooth Fairy fail, right?

RIGHT?? Registered & Protected


Kristen said...

HahHa! Of course he did! :)

SherilinR said...

i've had several tooth fairy fails. the worst was on the second tooth. the girlchild was of course still really excited about her tooth fairy bounty, but i forgot. the next morning, as soon as i heard her start yelling, i snatched a dollar, held it in my fist & "helped" her look. i magically "found" it. the way to make that work is to always leave the tooth behind. then they don't know for sure if the fairy came or not. plus, i really don't want her old teeth, so she can keep them & save them herself.

Tracie said...

I only have one who is loosing teeth, but that is how I found out about the tooth fairy and Santa. My mom forgot and came to apoligize and as she was leaving I asked if she was santa too, she asked how I knew and I told her the hand writing was the same. I think I was 9.

Nezzy said...

Oh the logic of that wonderful Bella!!! That one let's nothin' slip past her does she??? Heeehehehe!

Our kiddos got to trade their teeth in on stuff at Stompers or Barbie Dolls. We kinda skipped the whole 'Tooth Fairy' thing.

Have a blessed and beautiful day sweetie!!! :o)

Lisa said...

I love Bella's comment!! She sounds like quite a smart little girl :)

middle child said...

"I think the Tooth Fairy's a man. Cuz he's pretty forgetful." Perfect!

Samantha said...

We haven't gotten to the age of needing a tooth fairy yet...but I'm sure I'll forget. It's just one of those things that

Erica said...

Definitely not the only one to have a Tooth Fairy Fail..when my oldest lost his second tooth, the tooth fairy was too busy, but left a note explaining that so many people had lost teeth that Friday, she didn't have time to get to everyone but that she left an extra dollar because it was a day late :)

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I am the worst tooth fairy EVER. I sucked at it. I did use the trick another commenter mentioned a few times though, the hide the cash and then magically "find" it trick. Nice save for us dumbasses!! =D

HoneyDame said...

I tell you what, your Bella is going to be one hell of a smart and amazing woman!!!!!! Some women are yet to come to the realization that she came to @ such an early age....:D
I am beyond impressed with the way she reasons!

Jenny said...

ROTF at Bella thinking it's a man, because he's forgetful! Funny!

Yes, the tooth fairy messed up here already and Abby has only lost 4 teeth. FAIL!

Jode said...

I had my first tooth fairy fail as a single parent and it wasn't one else to blame if i didn't already have enough mummy guilt lol!
The stories you come up with as to why she didn't arrive are amazing (if i do say so myself!)
Thank goodness you posted about this as i have thought i was the only one all these years!!!She is nearly 16 now though and seems to have pulled through ok so don't worry!!

Shelly - Tropical Mum said...

I actually had a Tooth Fairy win: remembered to leave the money as we were heading out the door to evacuate from a cyclone (which missed us). I tell you it wasn't only my son who was surprised that the Tooth Fairy remembered to hide the money under his pillow to be found on his return. The look on my husband's face was priceless.

But just so you don't feel bad, a few weeks ago we had an Easter Bunny fail. Swings and roundabouts, swings and roundabouts.

Jen said...

I really worry about this. So far we have the Tooth Fairy covered with Hayden but then there is the triplets and what if they start loosing teeth all at the same time? Good Lord, I am screwed.

As Told By Lisa said...

I had to laugh at this post. With six kids we have had our share of tooth fairy mishaps.

We have forgotten a few times, for up to three consecutive nights with my youngest two.

One time when my oldest (now 18) lost a tooth, I looked everywhere- under the pillow,under the bed, on the floor.

In the morning she came in our room very upset. She said mommy, "I slept with the tooth in my hand all night, cuz I wanted her to wake me up, but she never came"!

All I could do was laugh.

Expect the unexpected with parenting!

Kathryn said...

tooth fairy forgot here too. 3 nights in a row :( But she got the money....from me and her dad!!

Olusola said...

your Bella is too smart for her age.

Kimberly said...

Of course the fairy is a woman would stuff her junk into a unitard and freely hand out money for teeth. Now if it were for shoes?

Simone said...

I so did that when my daughter was little and was devastated to find that the tooth fairy forgot about her. I slid the money under her sister's pillow instead. I told her to keep looking because maybe, the tooth fairy realized that her sister was afraid of the dark and that she slept in her bed when she was afraid. Sure enough, there it was. Good save for sure. Maybe the TF should just give out ATM cards so that you can quickly load with money?

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oh too funny! Well, I always forgot to move our Christmas elf, so I wouldn't be surprised. however, no loose teeth yet, so we'll just have to see what happens!

Evonne said...

With the last tooth my daughter lost, it took that stupid fairy 2 weeks to show up. A lot of kids must have been losing teeth and she was really backed up. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

Heather said...

He should have made $10 off of that one ;) I can't believe he's already losing teeth!

Charlene said...

Oh hell...I suck as the tooth fairy!! Poor Nathan and Nicholas are lucky when I remember...I've gotten pretty good at weaving (ahem, lying) tells about how forgetful the tooth fairy is.

IASoupMama said...

The tooth fairy is a man in our house, too, but only because I'm so totally fried by the end of the night, I can't remember my own name... We've only had one fail and it was because the tooth fairy leaves two-dollar bills around here. And we had an unexpected tooth loss and didn't have one. I suggested to the tooth fairy that he "borrow" a two-dollar bill from my son's piggy bank, correctly assuming that he just puts the money in there and doesn't keep a running tally of how much he has. Whew!

Rhiannon said...

hahaha sorry this is just too funny! my tooth fairy never came and i saved all my teeth in an empty margarine tub and my little sister found it and dumped the entire tup under her pillow one night and weeks later asked how come the tooth fairy never came... well those darn teeth were long gone by then!

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

We hardly ever have cash at our house. Reading this reminds me we should probably keep a special stash, just for such occasions. I'm thinking a personal check would kinda give it all away, right? ;)

championm2000 said...

Well, not yet. Thank goodness. We barely survived the teething part.

But, this line...

"...probably wondering why he ever thought marriage and kids were a good idea."

OMG...I bet my husband feels this way ALL. the. time. haha

Missy | Literal Mom said...

Phew - all's well that ends well. But girl, you gotta alotta teeth to leave to the tooth fairy remembering coming up over the years!

Twins Squared said...

We've had a few this year as well. The first one we got lucky - that child slept in another room that night. Did you know the tooth fairy won't come if you're not in your bed? And I forgot the other reason. But the tooth is still in the tooth box but she doesn't even bother to put it out anymore. I think next time she'll have two in the box. Hopefully that will fix it!

But his first tooth? Yeah, not good! :( He probably doesn't remember though. Once he got that $5 that was probably all that mattered.

Emmy said...

Under the sheet? Yep, toothfairy fail. Too funny. So far we have been good but I know many other people who the toothfairy has failed.

Karen Peterson said...

The Tooth Fairy forgot about me a time or two. I'm glad Tim remembered on the second night.

And it's good for Bella to be disillusioned early about men and their forgetfulness!

Tina said...

I made the mistake of going way too far the first year and then couldn't rally that kind of creativeness any other year....yep, put red lipstick on kiss my baby's forehead, sprinkled pink glitter all around his bunk bed and he slept on the top so I had to use a ladder to leave the lipstick kiss.
He was so stoked the next morning asking if she had blond hair....right I forgot to pull some hair out to leave in his bed. ewww.

TexWisGirl said...

oh lordy. that was almost grounds for divorce! :)

Ioana-Carmen said...

Hy sweetie! lovely post, maybe we can follow each other? Kisses

Kimberly said...

Haha, love this post. One time I didn't have any case so I borrowed one from my son and slipped it under his pillow, with the intent to replace his the next day. Well, in the morning imagine my surprise when he announced the tooth fairy gave him his own dollar. I asked as innocently as I could muster why he thought that, cause i had made sure there weren't any marks on it. He said it was the same serial number! Yea, that was the end of the tooth fairy! Epic fail.

Tiffany said...

LOL - I have a good friend in KC who just experienced this same thing. Too funny!

I also agree, the tooth fairy must be a man :)

Jessica said...

Ha! I've forgotten the tooth fairy duties on more than one occasion. Oh well.

Pamela Fagan Hutchins said...

I just came over to read Courtenay's post (very funny) and discovered you (very funny). My kids are teenagers and older now, but...I confess, tooth fairy fail. And me, not their dad :)

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr

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