“Eric?” she obviously was talking to me and not our son, Mauldin.
“Oh, I thought you were talking to him,” I reply as I glance down at our little boy who is half way through his early-morning apple juice. He likes to drink his juice and watch Playhouse Disney. He is a multitasker, that’s just how he rolls.
“Well, I guess I kinda was talking to you both, but the only thing he can say is Da-da…” my wife says with a hint of sarcasm and glee.
As I think about the fun retort I just stop myself because our son may be only 10 months, going on 11, but he is pretty sharp and one day soon he will start repeating what we say… and my dirty thoughts weren’t something I want coming out of his toothless chops. As I reach down to grab his empty juice cup he looks at me with the saddest face and a frown that could melt the heart of The Heat Miser.
It is and has been for a long time a huge, huge and very large pet peeve for anyone to put their fingers in my child’s mouth. I understand when the doctor does it, or my wife or myself… but other people who have germy hands it is just something I cringe just thinking about. However, for this day it was something that had to be done and I took the opportunity to “feel around for evidence of some baby teeth.”
“So, do you feel anything…” my wife quickly asks.
“Well, I think, I think… I think I can feel something…” I replied.
“Let me check,” said Laura.
She picked up our little boy, still in mid-frown from the sippy cup being taken away and now one of his favorite shows, Charlie & Lola, is on and we are taking him away from it… I know, we are terrible parents.
“Oh my… goodness…” said Laura. “Our baby has cut his first tooth.”
I immediately went to turn on all the lamps in our room so I could get a good look at this so-called tooth.
“Do you not believe me?” said Laura.
“Yes, my dear,” I replied “but can I just look at it? I wanna see it too!”
I sat there and looked as I asked our little man to open wide, as if he actually knew what I was asking him to do.
“Can daddy check to see your tooth?” And, just like that I saw the little white rectangle sticking out of his lower gum as if it were there hiding all along and just waiting for us to discover it!
“Well, hello there my little friend… how long have you been there?”
So, there it is, like I said… the whole tooth and nothing, but the tooth. More to come, I’m sure!