"Did Dario see the cup yet?!?" (I have them leave their tooth in a cup of water instead of under the pillow. On top of forgetting
to do it, I'm way too nervous to try to reach my arm under their pillow
without waking them up.)
"No," she said.
"Then run downstairs and hide the cup behind something and I'll leave the
money after you leave. Then you can pretend you're just finding it after
This is not the first time I've had to do a cover-up. It was worse when Gabby lost her first tooth when she was about 4 years old. She was so excited to have the tooth fairy come. So we did the whole tooth in the cup of water set-up and left it out on the kitchen counter. And of course, I forgot. When Gabby woke up she was so disappointed.
"Mommy, the tooth fairy didn't come!"
"Oh honey. I bet she didn't see the cup. We kind of had it
pushed to the side. Let's leave it out right in the middle of the counter
tonight, and I'm sure she'll see it."
Luckily she was a 4. And gullible. I don't think little Dario would fall for that, so I really need to get my act together.
on the verge of tears "Mommy! The tooth fairy didn't come
"Oh gosh honey...you know, uhhhhh, there are so many little
kids losing their teeth right now. I bet she just got so busy she couldn't
make it around to everyone all in one night. Let's give her one more chance."
dejected "Okay, Mommy." sniff, sniff
"Hey Gabby, why don't you go into the living room and pick out a movie to
"Alright." shuffles into the living room to rifle through videos,
at which point I hurriedly grab change from my purse and drop it quietly into
the glass, exchanging it for the little tooth(I just couldn't chance forgetting another night)
"Hey honey!! I can't believe it! I was just looking in the
fridge for a snack and when I turned around your tooth was gone! She must
have snuck in when I wasn't looking!!"