Sunday, March 6, 2016
Over the space of two weeks, Joe lost both his front teeth. He's not a fan of this whole teeth falling out business. He thinks tooth fairy money is poor consolation and would rather just keep his teeth, thank you very much. Even though we felt so bad for him we gave him $10 for each front tooth!
(I never realized how much variety there was in tooth fairy practices until I asked my Facebook friends "What is the going rate for the tooth fairy these days?" and got answers varying from "small items from nature" to $20 per tooth, with most people falling around $1 per tooth. Now, I got $1/tooth back in 1982, and even then it wasn't enough to buy anything except candy. So I decided that the tooth fairy would recognize CPI/inflationary increases in our household, and Joe has gotten between $5 and $10 per tooth. I realize this is on the very high end of normal and I probably couldn't keep it up if I had five kids, but as it happened I still ended up having to subsidize the Lego set he really wanted, and it hopefully distracts him from how much he hates this whole teeth falling out thing. Nonetheless, he would have happily skipped the Legos if he could have kept his teeth.)
The only thing worse than the teeth falling out is the part where they are loose, so at least we're past that with the front two. You should've seen this poor child trying to maneuver a grilled cheese sandwich past his wiggly front teeth. It was a hard couple of weeks!
Mostly, this is how he feels about it:
But he does find it mildly amusing that he can slip a whole Cheerio through his front gap now.
Anyway, yesterday I had a sewing buddy over and she recently got a serger and is learning to sew with knits. She brought a bunch of this navy ponte knit she picked up at Joanns. She had originally planned to sew leggings for her daughter with it, but I told her it wasn't stretchy enough for that and gave her some rainbow chevron cotton lycra to make leggings with instead, as well as a beginning serger lesson. In exchange, she let me take enough blue knit to make a Field Trip Raglan sweatshirt for Joe (she still has tons left to make a sweatshirt for her daughter!).
Speaking of quick and dirty makes, I made these pajama pants for Joe last year, when he still wasn't wearing pants, even PJ pants, and they sat in his bin unworn for a long time. With the chilly weather and return of the long trousers this year, Joe has taken a belated liking to these and wears them any chance he can now! He's discovered the joy of flannel pajama pants! Again, not my finest work as a seamstress (check out my total disregard for the concept of pattern matching!) and nothing fancy, but a regular favorite. Joe doesn't seem to mind that they are "floods"!
Happy gaptoothed customer.
What does the toothfairy leave in your household?