We were at church when Tornado E noticed something about his tooth.
Tornado E: My tooth is broken.
Me: (whispers) Mouse voice.
The Husband: (whispers) Let me see.
The Husband looked into Tornado E’s mouth.
The Husband: (Whispers) Did you know he broke his tooth?
Me: (Whispers) No. But he would’ve cried when it happened, right?
The Husband shrugged.
We went out to breakfast for my Dad’s birthday. My brothers and sister-in-law were there, and I sat on the farthest end from Tornado E, who procured a seat of honor next to my Dad.
Tornado E: Papi! My tooth is broken! It’s wably!
My Mom: Let me see, Tornado E.
My Mom looked into Tornado E’s mouth as my Dad put on his glasses.
My Mom: It’s loose, all right.
My Dad: Wait. I think he’s already missing a tooth.
I jumped out of my chair and ran around the table to inspect for myself. Sure enough, my eldest baby, who won’t be five for another week, had a loose tooth. WHAT??!!!!!
SIL: Fae, your face! It’ll be ok.
Sure, laugh. You’ll be looking the same way when you have a baby ready to lose a tooth.
My mom: I guess I’ll have to make a tooth pillow soon with my wedding dress.
I sat down in my seat and called The Husband to demand why he failed to mention Tornado E’s tooth was loose. Failing getting a hold of him, I texted my BFF.
Me: Tornado E’s tooth is loose!
BFF: Omg! Omg!
So when we returned home, I confronted The Husband.
Me: Why didn’t you tell me Tornado E had a loose tooth?
The Husband: He has a loose tooth?!
Me: Yeah. That’s why it was broken.
The Husband: Tornado E! Come here! Let me see your tooth! Isn’t he a little young?
Me: Yeah! I think so.
This morning as I tried to wake up, rubbing the sleep out of my eyes, exiting the bathroom, Tornado E came running up to me.
Tornado E: Mommy! I lost my tooth!
Tornado E: See!
There is was a space where a tooth should be.
Me: So where’s the tooth?
Tornado E: I don’t know. I was jumping on my bed dreaming, and then my tooth fell out. It went this way and that way.
Me: Um, what about the tooth fairy? Remember how your uncles were telling you about the tooth fairy?
Tornado E: Well, the binky fairy will find it because she’s made out of light and can find anything.
But what about me? What about the picture I wanted of you holding up your tooth and smiling with a gap? What about the tooth I was going to hide until you were an adult and surprise you? What about the tooth pillow? What about me who is losing my mind that you are old enough to lose a tooth??