Sprout Wish: noun. A wish a child makes to be older and/or reach a particular milestone that his peers and/or siblings have reached.
Yesterday, Philosopher Child lost his first tooth. (I'll wait while you applaud like you've never applauded before. Done? OK.) He took it out himself, no muss, no fuss, just out. So, in accordance to ancient tradition passed down from whoever thought this nonsense up, the Tooth Fairy, while tripping over toys and being generally grouchy but hoping not to wake up the child, removed the tooth and replaced it with a dollar, making sure to hide the tooth in the back of the child's mother's wardrobe, where the child would not find it.
This resulted in the child dancing around all morning with said dollar.
Of course, this whole situation is fascinating to Viking Toddler. He asked me this morning if I could take one of his teeth out.
"No," I replied. "You have to wait until you are a little older. They'll get wobbly, and then they'll come out."
Viking Toddler then shook his head around, "wobbling" it, in an effort to make his teeth wobbly.
Clearly, I've gotten through to him. *Eye roll*