Why is this boy smiling?
Because he knows his net wealth is about to increase by a dollar.
Or maybe it's because he's not the one scrambling to come up with a buck for the tooth fairy to leave beneath his pillow.
Just about the time AJ's middle two teeth on the bottom are finally re-appearing in permanent form, he's got a new chewing challenge. Tooth number three fell out during school yesterday. More accurately, "it was super wiggly, so I pulled it out" - is how he explained it to me. "There was some pink stuff in my mouth, but it didn't get blood or anything on my shirt."
Well, that's a relief!
So while AJ fell asleep dreaming of the tooth fairy, I fell asleep wishing for a visit from the full-night-of-sleep fairy. Alas, it was not meant to be. The tooth fairy got her act together and dutifully completed her transaction, but the fairy of my dreams was a no-show. Sydney's fever is gone and her appetite is starting to return, but her sleep schedule is still out of whack. At least we didn't have the two-hour block of middle-of-the-night bonding time as has been her habit the previous three nights. Instead, she seemed to wake up for a few minutes every hour or so.
This weekend cannot get her soon enough.