ThePinkThing finally lost her first tooth last night. It's really been bugging her that her friends who are 6 months younger have lost several teeth already. But I figured she'd be late to lose her teeth -- she was late to get her teeth. Her first tooth came in when she was around 11 months old. That (in hindsight) was great -- she never really fussed when her teeth came in, maybe because of her "advanced" age. At the time I wondered if she would ever get teeth or be wearing dentures at age 4. But, since her teeth came in on the late side, I expected them to start to fall out on the late side. At one point I told her that I didn't expect her to lose her first tooth until she was 6½ and she is just a few days over that today. Good guess, Mom! Her dentist told her (when she showed him this loose tooth in early March) that she would lose it on July 4th. He was not far off. Amazing.
She called my father (an oral surgeon) to tell him that her tooth was really loose last week. He told her to save the tooth for him to check out. She got all horrified on the phone and told him that she was giving it to the Tooth Fairy (if she came to take it) and no way would she save it for him.
Anyway. TheHusband, ThePinkThing and I made a bet early last week as to when this tooth would fall out. TH guessed last Friday, I guessed yesterday, and TPT guessed tomorrow. When we got home last night, TPT came over to me to tell me that I "was out of it" since the tooth hadn't fallen out. I said that it could still happen if I yanked on it. Her eyes got big, and she opened her mouth obediently. It was hanging on by a thread and came right out. She ran inside the house to tell TH that the tooth had fallen out. While drooling blood. Yuck.
We decided that I didn't really win the bet because I helped the process along.
We shall see what the Tooth Fairy will bring . TH and TPT emailed the Tooth Fairy (shockingly the destination email is mine) just to be sure she knew to stop here last night. We put the tooth in a little jewelry bag I found (TH's offering of a ziploc baggie was summarily rejected by TPT ["How can the Tooth Fairy get that open?"]), and I suspect that the tooth is gone and something else has taken its place...