Ok, it's really late, but I finally got my pictures onto my computer today and I have a lot of posts I want to get up here; so... here goes...
Christian lost his first tooth the other day. I was loose for a few days. I was a little bit squeamish about having to pull it. I wasn't worried about the blood or anything; I was just worried about the battle it would be. I can remember put my parents through some fits when they tried to pull my teeth. Anyway, I put off the tooth pulling long enough that it came out on it's own! Yah! Christian just kept wiggling it around and it finally just fell out. It didn't bleed at all. It was a very nice first tooth experience for him. Here he is with his new gap.
Matt and I don't teach our kids that Santa is real. We just feel like that's lieing to them. I'm not sure if we ever discussed the tooth fairy. We didn't tell Christian anything about what usually happens when you lose a tooth (maybe we were hoping to save some money!) A couple of days after he lost it he told us that if you put the tooth under your pillow the moon will change the tooth into a dollar. He heard it somewhere, and we let him believe it. So he put the tooth under his pillow. We had quite a search for it. It had been in a plastic baggie; and for some reason he took it out. We almost couldn't find it. Anyway, we put the dollar there and he woke up amazed that his tooth had magically turned into a dollar.
I was debating within myself about whether we should allow him to believe the lie. I hadn't discussed it with Matt still, but he eventually sat Christian down and told him the truth. It just doesn't seem right to lie to your kids about things, even if it's something fun like this. I want my kids to always believe me and not wonder when I'm telling them the truth. Someone once told me that someday when your kids learn that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy etc. are not real, will they wonder if all those great Bible stories are made up too? Anyway, just to set the record straight, I don't think it's a great sin if you let your child believe these things, but we have chose not to.