When you first hold that tiny little bundle of beautiful baby in your arms, it is implied that someday he will have to grow up. No one actually tells you he will grow up.....but you've had experience with larger, older, and much dirtier children, so you assume that they were once upon a time little smell-good-bundles as well.
But you think you are the exception. Your little bundle is special, and will stay a little bundle forever.
Let me tell you though, it's not true.
You are no exception, and try as I may, neither am I.
My baby went on to grow and grow and get dirty, loose his baby smell,
and now he has lost his first tooth.
A teeny tiny little white tooth, and I remember when it came in years ago.
He insisted on pulling it himself--and after 4000 trips to the bathroom mirror he had done it.
The toothfairy will come, and fly his tooth away to some place.....some place.....magical? lovely? heavenly? whimsical? where does she go? I've heard she builds her castle out of teeth....but that actually sounds a bit on the weird side, and I prefer to imagine fairies living in enhcanted forests and not houses made of tiny teeth. So, ahem, the toothfairy will come and fly his tooth away,
to some place.
And do you see what just happened? I went from being way too sentimental about a tooth, to being distracted by the slight weirdness that is the toothfairy, and now I understand her true purpose.
To distract overly sensitive mothers.
After the boy had dropped his tooth seven times in the first five minutes (showing it to his sister, to charly, etc) I decided it needed a resting place for the day.
So the tooth pillow was born.
-liquid stitch or hot glue
-needle and thread
Cut out two squares, the same size--this is your pillow.
Cut out a tooth shape(ish)
Sew your tooth onto one square.
Turn tooth side face down, and sew (with machine) around edges of squares, leaving about an inch opening.
Turn pillow inside out (you can use tweezers to pull it through if your opening isn't very big), and fill it with batting.
Glue on mouth--only a bit on the bottom and side edges so it makes a pocket.
hand stitch the opening closed.
place tooth inside mouth/pocket.
Wait for toothfairy to come, to whisk your child's tooth away....to.....wherever.