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Thursday, April 2, 2009

My child is a freak.

The Babe is two days shy of seven months old, and for the past week or so, has been the biggest crabby pants you have ever met. He keep crying, but it's not like sad or hungry crying. It's like he's just bitching. Bitch bitch bitch whine complain bitch bitch whine. Pick him up and hold him - more bitching. Put him down on the floor with his toys - more bitching. Feed him some smooshed up bananas - he shuts up for two seconds, then starts the bitching again.

He looks fine. He doesn't look sick. No fever. No diaper rash. No spitting up.

The only other logical explanation is teething. He's drooly, and he chews on everything, but I kept rubbing his bottom gums and there was no sign of teething. The gums aren't swollen or soft; there's no telltale lump where a tooth is coming. His bottom gums feel like they did the day he was born. There is nothing going on down there.

Then, yesterday, I noticed something that completely threw me off. He was lying in my arms on his back, and he was, as usual, bitching and complaining. I happened to look into his mouth as he whined, and there on the top gum is a beautiful white pearl of a tooth, just thisclose to popping through.

If you don't have children (or if you aren't a dentist) this might not strike you as terribly freakish. But it is. Babies are supposed to get their first teeth on the bottom. Just like they're supposed to roll over before they sit up. It's THE RULE.

But my child does not, apparently, follow the rules. I hope this isn't a trend.

9 comments:

ImogenSky said...

That's a little funny :) My youngest daughter also popped the top two before any of her teeth. And now at 17 months old she has every tooth except she doesn't have a single eyetooth/canine...

Kids are weird :)

Jennifer said...

My son is doing the same thing, only he's got TWO top teeth coming, and not the two front ones, the two that flank them.

He's got his two bottom teeth already.

He might end up looking like a llama.

Kimberly said...

My littlest guy is 9 mos and he just got his first bottom tooth. Only one though. He is a freak in his own right - he has mastered sitting up but refuses to try to learn to rollover. I try to teach him and he just gets stiff and pins his shoulders back and cries. Weirdo!

zonapellucida said...

there are no rules and you are in good company ;)

breedermama said...

My cousin's baby got her top canines in first. I called her Vampire girl.

Zeemaid said...

ouch I feel for you. I have a whiny bitch soon to be 2 year old and unfortunately teething isn't his problem. When my kidlets were that small and that miserable. We'd give em a dose of advil. It worked every time. Now I know many people don't like to give drugs to kids at all but we'd hold out for the longest time and then we finally gave in, did it and it worked and were like.. OMG why didn't we do this earlier. We all suffered.

Zeemaid said...

oops that post didn't come out the way I intended. I didn't mean to say my 2 year old was a whiny bitch. Oops. I meant to say my 2 year old has been whiny and bitchy too, lately.

Lisa said...

I never really thought about the bottom teeth appearing first. I guess my kids did, but I don't think it's a hard and fast rule. Poor little guy! Well at least now you know.

Brea's Mommy said...

At least now you know why he is so crabby! Hope it gets better