And the tradition continues… We have are having a GREAT wild flower season this year and it’s so pretty in central Texas right now!! (FYI. April came with me to scout out picture locations, so she got the lions share of them. And I LOVE her Easter dress this year. It’s a little tough to tell since I didn’t give you a full body shot, but both the style and colors fit her just perfectly!!!)
I knew it was coming soon, so I’ve been agonizing a bit over exactly how we wanted to handle the tooth fairy. We don’t do Santa, but that doesn’t mean we don’t give gifts at Christmas. I knew we weren’t going to lie about the tooth fairy, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to address it straight up either. Do I leave a note of any sort? My sister did “The Mystery Dude/Princess” for her kids; it wasn’t lying but it also kept the excitement there. I was tempted to follow her lead, but in the end decided to just not address it unless he brought it up with me. She may have foreseen that leaving a note would silence or change the questions that were asked, enabling the mystery a bit longer…
In pondering how to handle the whole thing I googled some ideas to see what others had done. In the process I came across this fabulous book, “Throw Your Tooth on the Roof.” It gives a whole bunch of different traditions from all around the world and what other cultures do with their teeth. It’s super great and I highly recommend it. I ordered the book over the weekend when I realized just how loose his tooth was!! Sadly, my timing was one day too late.
Last night he wanted to put his tooth under his pillow. I think his friend Vincent told him how it works. Me: “What do you think will happen?” Abe: “I don’t know. Maybe I’ll get some money or jewelry! Maybe I’ll get a bag of rubber bands!!” Me: “Well, we’ll see tomorrow!!” Big grins to each other.
So this morning he woke me up….”Mommy, look what I got!! $5 and a Lego set!…I still can’t believe it…” Twenty minutes later when April wakes up and he’s building his set, “Hey April, look what the tooth fairy brought me!!” My ears totally caught that tooth fairy comment.
About 10 minutes later we were alone in the study. Abe: ”Mommy, is the tooth fairy real?” Me: “What do you think?” Abe: “I think maybe she’s not.” Me: “Why do you think that?” Abe: “I think maybe she’s kinda like Santa Claus.” Me: “I think you might be right.” Big knowing grins to each other. Abe: “I won’t tell. I love you Mommy!” Me: “I love you too buddy.”
What I hadn’t realized until tonight was that he hadn’t fully connected the dots. The book came today, so I got it out and told him that the book was supposed to be under his pillow instead of the Lego set. I really wish I hadn’t told him that; any mystery that was unknowingly left I had just killed. Abe, wide eyed and shocked, ”YOU put that stuff there!?!?!?” Me, confused, “Uh… who did you think put it there?” “Nobody. I thought it just sort of appeared.” Pretty sure that makes less sense then the tooth fairy.
[ASIDE: I just wanted to note that the $5 and Lego set that was supposed to be the book was only because it was his first tooth. From here on out I plan to do a $1 gold coin. Except for the two front teeth; those will likely earn another $5 just to ease the pain of looking so goofy.]
Today marks exactly two weeks of no diapers in our house. Zip. Zero. Zilch. That’s right, even at night time. NONE. For six and a half years we’ve needed diapers, but no more. WOO HOO!! No, that doesn’t mean we’re perfect; we still have an accident here and there, but we often goes days (and nights) without one. Our boy stepped up to the plate and knocked that diaper out of the park way earlier (and easier!) than I dreamed he would have.
It was all initiated by him, and when he kept going in his diaper, taking it off and then sitting on the potty I decided it was time to teach him the correct order of things. That was a couple weeks ago, and then we went back to diapers. I wasn’t trying to train him, just teach him the basics so he could then mull it over in his head. And then he kept telling us anytime he went in his diaper, and he would want to wear undies, so I figured, heck, why not? Might as well give it a shot. And sure enough, just like his siblings, it just took one day and he had it. It took a couple days for him to get comfortable with pooping there, but that worked itself out quicker than I thought it would. We haven’t had to use many public potties (only twice), but we’ll get there. Unlike the other two, I’m not stressed over it. We just travel with our potty and I’ve learned that he has a bladder of steel. That means that even when we went to the zoo, I didn’t need to bring the potty in. I knew he could hold it. Or use the big potty. And if he didn’t? No biggie. I had extra clothes.
A couple small details. It’s starting to fade, but when he uses the potty he then does what can only be described as a fist pump and excitedly says, “POTTY!” Super adorable. Also, just like his siblings, he prefers the little potty. So I would try to time it correctly when he was done and left to quick empty it into the big potty without him watching. My husband did not see the need to do the same, so now Andersen loves to empty the little potty into the big one. Isn’t that just so lovely?! He also loves to flush it and then to wash his hands, mainly because of the soap. Oh, and it’s also funny because he pretty much drops his drawers whenever he decides he needs to go and then waddles his way to the potty.
My boy is growing up SO fast!! He’s talking so much more, he’s riding his scooter (yes, we got him his own blue one; in the picture he’s riding April’s), and he’s wearing big boy undies. What a little man he is. A couple quick things I forgot in his two year post: 1.) The boy loves books. After spending the first 16 or more months of his life refusing anything to do with them, he now drags me by the hand over to the couch to sit and read piles and piles of books to him. This often happens even when the TV is on. 2.) Before this little man, all of our games had their pieces and our puzzles weren’t scattered throughout the house. I know I have others I keep forgetting; I’ll add them here when I remember them…