Emi's bottom two teeth have been loose for what seems like forever. She rarely wiggled them to help the process along. I kept trying to pull them out (gently so she didn't know) or turn them but, just like the owner, the teeth were stubborn. On Thursday, April 26th, Emi came home with a huge smile, a little gap and a tooth in her first. It had fallen out at school and she gave the story from A to Z, including a detailed report about how much blood there was. I was a little disappointed that I wasn't there for it but the best part was yet to come. My mom had sent us little tooth-shaped plastic boxes to keep the teeth in so she put it in there and put it under her pillow when she went to bed. I've been telling her about the tooth fairy ever since her teeth started wiggling so she knew what was going to happen.
When it was time for bed, she got her tooth-shaped box and put it under her pillow. I told her to try to keep it in the same place so the tooth fairy would be able to find it. She nodded very seriously. I had decided to give her 500 yen ($5) for each tooth. It seems steep when I think about it American dollars but for Japan, I thought it was fair. I didn't actually have a 500 yen coin so Chikara and I went to a vending machine and tried to make change. Instead it spit out a whole bunch of 100 yen coins at me. Grr! I had no choice but to give her 5-100 yen coins in a little bag. Around 11:30, I went into their room to make the switch. I took some laundry in with me just in case she woke up but she was snoring so I knew she was really asleep. I put my hand under her pillow and found the little toothbox right away. I took out the tooth and put the box back under her pillow along with the money and walked out of the room as quietly as I could. Success! I have to admit I was nervous. I've never had much success in getting the girls to believe in Santa Claus so I was determined to succeed with the tooth fairy.
During our trip, Emi lost her second tooth. On Sunday, she was playing hide-and-seek and suddenly she popped up from between the rows of chairs and came running towards me. I thought maybe she had bonked her head but she held her little tooth in her hand. She was very excited once again to make a big deal about the blood. What is it with her? I thought that her tooth might come out during our trip so I had brought her toothbox so we wouldn't lose the tooth. Unfortunately, I still haven't been able to find it although for sure it's somewhere in our stuff so I'll keep looking.
One of her new teeth is already coming in so the gap will soon be gone. It's too bad because she's so cute when she smiles. Here are some pictures!