The Nugget Chronicles: Eight Months, One Tooth

Yes, folks, you read that correctly. Today is the day where Nugget marks her 8th month as a drooling, diapered, still-not-quite-mobile little person. It’s been a pretty tremendous eight months for all of us, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store just ahead. We’ve already gotten to witness so many cool things, and a few scary things, but we know we’re just barely scratching the surface of the person she is going to be, and it’s phenomenal to think about.

Of course, she didn’t want the beginning of her eighth month to go by without any fanfare, so she decided to start a little early (well, technically even this post is early, since she doesn’t officially hit the 8 month mark until 10:35 tonight). See, a couple of days ago, we noticed that Nugget was poking her tongue around her mouth a lot more than usual. She was even taking breaks from eating (which is pretty rare for her) to jab her tongue forward, blocking any hope of the spoon getting food into her mouth.

The reason behind this? She’s finally starting to get her first tooth! We’ve been anticipating this for awhile, and, well, to be honest, we thought it was going to surface a few months back, because we thought we felt a little bit of sharpness to her gums (don’t tell me that none of you other parents out there have ever felt your kids gums). This continued off and on for awhile, but nothing really came out of it.

That is, of course, until a couple of days ago. And boy, were we ever wrong about what we thought was the indication of a tooth before, now that we’ve actually been able to feel the start of one. It’s still mostly within her gums, but the very top of the tooth is poking through, and the sharp little ridges there make what we felt before seem like just a gentle rubbing.

Of course, as is Nugget’s true nature, she isn’t really showing a lot of distress over this new tooth. Sure, she’s having some more crying fits than normal, but she is having a pointy thing poking through her soft mouth tissue. And sure, there are times where she just needs something to suckle on, to take her mind off of the new thing jabbing her, but, for the most part, Nugget has been pretty much the same as always. Most of the time, she’s happily babbling away, playing with her toys, and every once in awhile, jutting her tongue forward to explore this new discovery she’s made.

Honestly, the only time she really starts to lose her zen-like nature is when either myself or HawtWife decide that we want to see her little tooth, and see how it’s developing. We’re pretty sure that by the time the third or fourth one comes in, we’ll start to lose interest, and, if we end up with a second child, we’ll barely even notice when they’ve got a full set of chompers, but right now, this is one of the coolest things we’ve gotten to experience yet. And that’s on top of everything else that she’s done that’s so incredibly cool.

Yes, I know, I’m kind of gushing here, but a large part of that is my overall amazement that I got to play a part in creating such a perfect little person. And, even better, thanks to my decision from a month ago to trade paychecks for snuggles, I get to play a huge part in helping to raise her to be an amazing full-grown person. Am I going to make mistakes? Sure will. But I also know that kids are pretty resilient, and a lot of things that adults would view as goofs are things that kids just roll with.

Of course, in the back of my head, the fact that Nugget has her first tooth starting to emerge means really only one thing, unless she somehow hit jackpot in the genetic lottery. Yep, I’m already thinking about my little girl in braces. If she ends up anything like myself or HawtWife, she’ll need them. But, I have to admit, even that isn’t phasing me, partially because it’s a really long way away, and partially because, oh my goodness, my daughter has a tooth!

Yes, I’m gushing. I can’t help it. She just kind of brings that out in me.


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