1.28.2011

The Day I've Been Waiting For ...

... for 4 1/2 YEARS was today. The day that Sheridan FINALLY lost the tooth that she chipped when she fell down the stairs in Israel. After she spiked a high fever. Had a febrile seizure. Frothed at the mouth. And was rushed to the ER. The night of the big 4th of July party at the Ambassador's house. Where Matt was actually sent home by the Medical Unit to be with us.

Yeah, this was clearly a memory that stands out in my mind.

One that is just as vibrant as how the tooth made its way into the envelope for the tooth fairy tonight.

Sheridan was sent to bed early this evening. VERY early due to behavior these last few days that has driven me near the brink of insanity. See, she fooled around way past her bedtime last night. Decided NOT to sleep on her bed, but rather on the floor. Annoyed her sister. Jumped all around in the dark. Then cracked AND chipped one of her few PERMANENT teeth on the side of the bed. Followed that scream-fest with the next hysteria that her braid "just fell out." And wouldn't go back to bed until she put band-aids on every conceivable scratch that she saw from her elbows to her toes.

I may have had an extra cocktail last night ...

She then picked up this morning where she left off last night by throwing fits about her hair. Not being able to "play" before school. Forgetting to attach her lunch bag to her backpack. Not finding her jacket. And of course, getting upset that I didn't remind her to put her shoes on before we walked out the door.

I. Was. Done...

So, I instituted a new bedtime for Sheridan. One that would have her going to bed far earlier than her sister, and would give her time to chit chat to herself and fall asleep before Riley came into the room.

In theory that is...

In reality? She WENT to bed early... after threats that 'everything in life she cared about would be taken away from her' were spoken through clenched teeth. Though she didn't stay in there for long. Because instead of relaxing and trying to fall asleep, she spent the next 25 minutes wiggling her tooth. Wiggling and tugging. Tugging and wiggling. Until the tooth, that was NOT ready to fall out any time soon, was grasped tightly in her sweaty little hands. And blood was dripping out of her mouth.

And now? Now she had to spend the next ten minutes stopping the blood, and writing her letter to the tooth fairy. Which she ecxsididely excitedly did before going to bed.

However ... I was left with one BIG problem. I only have a $20 bill. And "I" refuse to reward her with that large sum of money for her crappy behavior. Even if I have been waiting ever-so-impatiently for that ugly tooth to finally fall out.

Such a dilemma...

I'm guessing that writing a check would be kinda obvious?



15 comments:

Mom24 said...

SO funny. :)

They always find a way around us, don't they?

Did a neighbor help you out or is the tooth fairy coming tonight? I've started keeping a stash or $2 bills in a drawer for the tooth fairy to borrow...I never have cash.

Hope bedtime's uneventful tonight.

Connie said...

How did that work out? Did the tooth fairy leave a note "I've got your tooth, but you'll not see a dime until you start listening to your mom"? You earned your extra cocktail.

I've lucked out, in an odd way, my kids refuse to let the tooth fairy have their teeth.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

And I thought it was annoying that Oliver refused to even try to pull out teeth that were barely attached anymore (really - lets them fall out of his mouth and we never even found the last one - I think he swallowed it).

This may be worse... But a good indication of her future as being an achiever and making things happen. You just have to put up with this kind of thing in the meantime.

I have a feeling that George will be ripping out his teeth. He does seem to like money...

American in Norway said...

Oh bles you heart... so freaking funny though..
You are such a good mommy. :-)
What did she end up getting??

Daniela Swider said...

I am with Connie on this one. I would have had the Tooth Fairy write her a note that she will get the cash when her behavior improves.

I think your Sheridan and my Nia are very much alike. Nia is major drama queen. She is clever and rambunctious, independent, very strong-willed and oh so intense. When she gets worked up, it's next to impossible to get her to calm down. She can be sweet too but she rations the sweetness for some reason.

I know that, if/when we help her channel her energy in the right direction, she can move mountains. When it happens, it's amazing but most of the time it eludes us, unfortunately.

I do think kids like that are poised for great things. It is a matter of approach and we are still perfecting the approach to ours. Best of luck with yours!

Oh, and Nia chipped one of her baby front teeth mere weeks after it came in. She hit it on the edge of the pool at less than a year old - there was blood everywhere! She finally lost that chipped tooth not too long ago. I am hoping she spares her permanent teeth.

Just US said...

That sounds like a day in the life of our house! Taylor, my third one, is often sent to bed WAY before his bedtime due to inappropriate behavior. My new mantra is "they won't live with me forever" and I so pray that that is true! Did the tooth fairy decide how to leave behind the money?

amyjr said...

WOw that spending 25 minutes trying to get an unready tooth out sounds like my 6yr. Emma. Good luck and you deserve the extra cocktail...anytime.
I always keep a $5.00 supply of $1.00 gold coins on hand, hiding of course for the reason of hardheaded kids.

CaraBee said...

These are the days that try mom's souls.

I do not look forward to the tooth fairy drama. I KNOW that I'm going to be in exactly your situation every time because I never have cash. Guess my parents were lucky they only paid in coin because you can almost always find a quarter somewhere.

And I'm still chuckling about writing a check. You totally should have done that.

Maria said...

hmmm didn't she do that last time to avoid bedtime...ahahah- oh Sheridan-you should write a letter (using your left hand) saying that you (aka toothfairy) couldn't pay because you didn't approve her behavior before bed....that would be funny!

Bfiles said...

seriously, there is just never a dull moment at your house. You are my hero.

SLM said...

So freakin' funny!!! Thanks for sharing all the highs and low of being a parent...

Connie said...

Speaking of teeth, Honor is like Kate's Oliver, she won't pull her teeth. It will dangle, driving her and everyone else, crazy. She had one like that yesterday. We went to a friend's party, and right before we were all to yell 'Surprise', Honor walks up to me and hands me her tooth. Then she had to show everyone she knew her new gap (not the tooth). I have no doubt this tooth will end up in a labeled bag in a container with the rest. They save their teeth. Maybe they're planning on cashing them all in at once, in a few years after inflation drives the price up?

Pam said...

That's pretty funny. Kids can do amazing things when they put their minds to it!

My daughter wrote to the tooth fairy when she was about seven and said that it wasn't fair that she was only getting $2 and her cousins who lived right up the street were getting $5 per tooth. Dang, the tooth fairy had to come up $5 from then on...

modestmuse said...

LOL that is so cute! She has quite the personality -- wonder where that comes from? ;) I love hearing about the adventures in your household. I'm sure there are many in store for us too with Baby Nile. It breaks my heart to hear of the pain kids (and parents) go through in growing up, but there are so many fun moments like this too. Thanks for sharing!

Mom Brau said...

You need a drawer of dollar coins. I keep them on hand!

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