So…AndyZ has been teething lately. BAD teething. He already has four on top and four on bottom, so the next teeth to cause him pain would be the 3rd from middle in all directions top and bottom. I have NO idea what those teeth are called. Hang on…let me look it up. Okay, so he has all of his incisors and the pain and drool were being caused by the cuspids. Let me tell you some stories to indicate how much pain he was in:
- He started biting me. And bit ONE kid at school. Only once, thank god, he seems to understand that’s bad. But sometimes he still bites my shoulder when he’s really tired and fussy. Other times, he remembers the rule and he kisses me instead (Kisses! No bites!) which makes up for the bites.
- He is biting himself. They actually talked to us about it at school because he does it so hard he leaves marks and they wanted to explain so we wouldn’t think it was another child. Since we’ve seen him do it several times we needed no explanation. It’s always the same spot: on his wrist. He’s tasty!
- He’s just fussy and irritable and tylenol, teething tablets, gel and morphine combined don’t seem to help.
So…he’s been in this DefCon 9million phase for about a month and still…no cuspids! WHERE ARE THE CUSPIDS?
Anyway, moving on. Last night I noticed a full pre-molar completely grown in next to where the cuspids may some day show up. What? So there aren’t any cuspids coming in right now and the pre-molar has evidently been coming in for awhile since it’s all the way in now. And I haven’t noticed it? I felt like such an idiot. But not as much as I would later when I found out that this is not only not a big deal but everyone had noticed that pre-molar coming in…but me. Of course his teachers knew because they tend to pay more attention than I do (Too Much TV!) but my family had even noticed! Where have I been? And also? While I’d like to tell everyone like him growing a pre-molar first is SO FASCINATING! Which reminds me, he’ll need to see one soon. In any case, all of this is evidently common. Almost every parent I’ve talked to since had kids teeth out of linear order and are not impressed…where have I been and why am I making SUCH A BIG DEAL?
This is the lesson: Three kids in? And there’s still new things to learn.