Monday, June 30, 2008

Crayons, marbles and baby teeth. Oh My!

I did some cleaning this weekend. You know the kind where you go through your sock drawer and find an antenna, chopsticks, marbles, lollipops, markers, crayons, money, and the fart machine that your sister, I-kid-you-not, sent your kids for Christmas that does it's business at random times during the day or night if you don't turn it off leaving you cowering in the corner with your kids because you think some sadistic intruder has figured out how to scare the, well, poop, out of you. Oh yeah, been there done that. Had to call the husband to come home from a business dinner because I really thought someone was in the house trying to scare me with the fart machine. Once again, I digress. So among that group of weird things that only mothers with small kids that like to wander in and out of the master bedroom at-will leaving behind whatever is in their hand at that time, I found these:



Yup, a couple of my kids baby teeth. They were in individual snack size baggies, dated and placed there by The Man after the tooth fairy made her rounds because, although I birthed those kids, I am never touching those teeth. EVER. Oh don't worry your pretty little heads about how I got them out of those baggies to take this picture. I put on my surgical gloves and mask, and took the tweezers to them. Trust me, no bare hands were used in taking that picture. So when I found about six baggies of teeth (with various notes to the tooth fairy including one by my daughter pleading on behalf of her brother for the toothfairy to leave money even though hunka hunka swallowed his very first lost tooth ) in various places like the sock drawer, medicine cabinet, and first aid kit, I wondered what the heck I was going to do with these things. Do I keep them for their scrapbook that I haven't started yet? Or do I do what my mother-in-law did. Keep one in a baby food jar and send it to their spouses after they get married? (Hi. Mrs. N! If you're reading, I still love ya!) I gotta admit, it was a little tough looking at a tooth that was three decades old lying on a bed of, oh yeah, did I mention that bits of The Man's first haircut were sitting in the baby food jar as well. And I would have taken a picture of the jar, but, ummm, well....you know....

So now what? I am tad skeeved out about leaving these teeth around until my kids are grown. What do you do with your kids baby teeth?


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40 Comments:

Sarah Mae said...

I will probably throw them out! I have one of my baby teeth that I kept (or I guess, my parents kept) in a little plastic orange treasure chest. I found it recently and threw it out.

YUCKO!

Bobbi's Book Nook said...

Okay, I have a confession to make. I have 3 medicine bottles that contain ALL my children's baby teeth! Does this make me a good mommy or a gross mommy? You decide.

Ha ha - I did love your teeth story.

Courtney said...

throw them away. i mean, really, what will i do with them? i have pictures of them with their "missing" teeth - that's good enough! and i'm with you about NOT touching them - yuck!

Trish said...

Two words.........

Gar Bage.

Really, teeth are gross.

Your kids will never want them.

Megan B said...

Snicker, snicker, I say you drill holes and make a necklace out of them for next Father's Day :)

Mama's Losin' It said...

Duh!! I've totally been here before...at least NOW I recognize you. I think when I hopped over via sits I just linked straight to the post and didn't see your picture. But I'm very familiar with that photo...did you change your layout? People mess with me by changing layouts and/or their little pictures in the corner....totally throws me off!! ;)

Suzanne said...

I came across my kids baby teeth one day when I was on a cleaning tear. It doesn't happen often but when it does....LOOK OUT.

They seemed so precious at the time, but YUCK, ICKY, ICKY....I threw them in the garbage!!!!

Fasten your seatbelts for this story.... my former co-worker had saved her children's umblical cords!!!!

- Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

Kelly said...

Oh wait I think I have my Son's umbilical cord, you know the stump of it!!! eeeeewwwww........just kept it wrapped up and never touched the thing, in fact I wonder where that thing is??? anyway as far as teeth, my kids teeth are sitting in an envelope or something waiting to be put in a scrapbook also or memory chest or something.

Love,
Kelly

Gina said...

THROW THEN AWAY!!!!!!!
This is a little easier at my house. There is no tooth fairy. The kid pops out a tooth, and promptly trades me for a dollar. Simple. In your case, I would say throw them out fast. you don't want to leave evidence that the tooth fairy may in fact be living under your roof.
And, by the way, where do you get a fart machine?

One Wired Woman said...

Oh funny, Megan B... hee hee Sort of like a shark tooth necklace. :) I have to admit I just can't throw them away. I'm keeping them for some weird reason. I think they may think it's cool to see them when they are grown. :) ~Jill

Amy said...

I throw them away too! Yuck!

Kat said...

I have the teeth in plastic baggies under my bras in one drawer; under my undies in another; in the junk drawer in the bathroom; and who knows where else. Why? I have no idea. Next time I "discover" one of those baggies, it's going in the trash...

Karen said...

I buried mine, under a cabbage tree, in the front garden of my old house, back in NZ.

Looking at the house, on google maps, I'm pleased to see that the tree is still standing. I forgot to warn the new owners about the couple of dozen teeth buried under there. Can just imagine the forensic investigation if that tree had been pulled out...

Tracy P. said...

This is a hilarious conversation. I reason that the inventor of the tooth fairy totally made it up so that the teeth could be disposed of, and the loser of the teeth made happy. It is therefore my obligation to dispose of them just as soon as the toothless one is satisfied. (But first I hide them in something else so that MR. Tooth Fairy doesn't rescue them from the garbage.)

MotoMom said...

Great question! I too have them all over the house. Some I'm not even sure who they belonged to anymore. After reading through the comments I am convinced I will not be thought of as a terrible mom if I don't keep them. When I get home they are gone!

EEEEMommy said...

Toss the teeth, keep the notes!

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

I gotta say I like the burry under the tree idea. Cause I can't quite TOSS them, but yet I don't really want them hanging around my thongs...

ohhollyf said...

Yeah, protect the tongs !
I think it's gross to and my stomach turns at the though of a loose tooth.
Would we ever need it for DNA ?
I like the bury it, and if I didn't know he would dig it up everyday, I might start having him bury them, and then no touching for me.

Lula! said...

A friend who is also a dentist gave my girls a "Tooth Bank." I'll take a picture of it and send to you, 'cause you gotta see it to believe. Each little storage spot is labeled for the specific tooth that goes in it--canine, molar, cuspid, etc. So guess where their teeth are going?

We have yet to lose any toofers in this household, much to Libbey's chagrin.

And...EUUUUUWWWWW...I'm sorry, Mrs. N, but that's just gross. (And that 'Mrs. N' is directed towards your MIL, not YOU!)

Becoming Me said...

I will probably thrown them out. I have no desire to see mine. I cannot even watch my daughter spit while she brushes her teeth without gagging.

Swirl Girl said...

My husband did the same thing with our older ones' teeth. I found them accidentally - and just closed the drawer. I didn't tell him I found them either.

Although I think it's kinda gross, I am touched that he would be sentimental enough to want to save them...for whatever perverse reason - he wants them.

He doesn't know I know about the teeth...someday, probably in divorce court, I will use this against him. LOL~ NOT!!!

Can you say voo-doo doll scrappings?

ps- just saw Wall-E. I actually liked it more than I thought I would. I enjoyed the human spirit triumphs message about it.

Sissy said...

The lady who had my job before me at the elementary school where I work was the official loose tooth puller. They asked me if I would do it when I took the job, and I said HECK, NO! I did not need to be pulling the teeth of random little first graders and then sending it home to mommy in a tooth necklace.

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

Ok...I threw them out. Now WHY would I do that...cause I am 38 and my mother had MY baby teeth, and I DO NOT want them...ew

Mrs. R said...

It is so weird that you posted this.. just yesterday, my son was snooping around our summer house and found a purple velvet pouch with a baby tooth (his).

He was so excited, convinced he could "recycle" and put it under his pillow AGAIN. Funny thing is, he never asked why it was in the drawer....

Michelle said...

I'm so crossing that bridge when I come to it. There are some things about being a mom that I'm just not looking forward to!

The Roost'er said...

Oh, Debbie!
I thought of you today when the doorbell rang and three of my four sweethearts went and stuck their nose up to the see-through part of our new door before I had the chance to wrangle them into the hall. OH and no. he. dihn't. tell me my neighbors 'ALL blahbidy blah blah...!'

And, re: teeth, my 'oldest' has his first cuz it fell out the HARD way (down the stairs, to the surgeon...) But his twin sis has wires in a jar that were removed from her chest after one of her heart surgeries and every year she sports those puppies to school for the inevitable 'show and tell' day.

Kids like gross.
Moms, not so much.

Heather said...

They're in my underwear drawer. Don't ask...just walk away.

Missy said...

I don't understand the obvious connection between baby teeth and undergarments. Did I miss something? Is that in the Mommy Manual that I forgot to read? (:

Jennifer P. said...

We have them in little tupperware containers---just waiting till my children are old enough not to care if I throw them away. Funny thing is--they thought I should make a necklace out of them. If I do--I'll send it to you :)!

Feathering My Nest said...

I've always thought of the old bloody teeth as so gross too. I don't know what it is. They are just yucky. I'm glad my mom threw ours out, cause that's what I've always done. That Karen's story about burrying them, cracked me up. I can just imagine the forensic investigation. Oh my goodness. Kathi

Kimba said...

We still have all of our teeth in this house but I think I'll probably throw them away once they start falling out. I can't help think it's a little icky. My mom still has my baby teeth and - get this one - my wisdom teeth! I was still living in her house when I had them pulled so she kept them.

Now that's gross! They're huge! Not cute little baby teeth. Big honkin' wisdom teeth. Shudder.

Elena said...

I have a few of each kid's teeth in old check boxes around here. My husband says I'm morbid, but I keep them incase I never need something for DNA. (Now that I read it, it does sound rather grotesque. But you just never know.) So anyway, a few get kept, the rest get tossed in the garbage.

HeathahLee said...

I am going to be no help. In fact, when you figure out what to do, please share, since I have a few that I've felt too guilty to throw away. Why is that? He won't want them again, unless it's to do some strange experiment that I'm sure I won't approve of anyway!

Mom Taxi Julie said...

LOL my MIL gave me my husbands too! I promptly threw them away. ICK. I still have my kids but I have no idea whose are whose so I guess I should throw those away too!

T-Luh said...

Well, since my little man still doesn't have teeth, I can't tell you for sure what I'll do when they fall out. I am sort of a sentimental dork though and when his umbilical cord fell off and looked like a jelly bean in the front of his diaper, I set it aside and couldn't decide what to do with it. He's my first baby though- that's my excuse. Finally my OCD sanitary side trumped my sentimental first-time mommy side (and we had contractors in the house working) so the little jelly bean got tossed when I did my thorough cleaning after the workers left.

btw, ROTFL @ the thought of you calling The Man home from a business dinner to investigate the possibility of a flatulent or practical-joke-playing intruder in your home. I can only imagine that phone call and it Cracks Me Up! SO funny!

Caroline said...

You know how people can make jewelry out of old gold crowns that people used to have on their teeth? Okay, maybe you didn't know that, but it can be done. Maybe there's something that a jeweler can do with old teeth. On second thought...that's way grosser than gold teeth being made into jewelry. Nevermind.

Sue said...

Why would I have them? The Tooth Fairy has them.

Christine said...

Sadly, I would just throw them out. No sentimental value here - I mean, I have pictures of him with baby teeth in his mouth - so it isn't like I could forget what they looked like.

Either that - or you could make a tooth necklace like you always see pictures of on the cave men. That could be a great conversation starter at the holiday parties.

Mama Dawg said...

I have a little turtle thingie that has a lid on it and that's where I keep her. I think I'm missing two of 'em though. Who knows where they may be!

My daughter has a farting bear. It has its own remote so the person holding the bear doesn't know that it farts. You can then be in the other room and make it fart. She LOVES it! So do I, to be honest.

childrendentistsca said...

Being a good parent is not an easy task. There's a lot more to keeping your kids healthy than just feeding them the right food and making sure that they get enough exercise. You have to find good pediatric dentists and doctors and schedule regular checkups, to make sure that they stay healthy and grow well.

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