Too Bad It Isn’t Halloween Right Now

  • Vlad the Impaler;
  • Elizabeth Bathory, the Blood Countess;
  • Bunnicula;
  • and our baby.

The kid has been teething recently. His bottom front teeth came in a few months ago, and for quite some time those remained the only teeth visible in his mouth. A few days ago, two other teeth began to poke through his gum line. They were not, however, the front teeth on the roof of his mouth, which in most infants are usually the next teeth to sprout. They are the teeth on either side of where his front teeth will eventually descend.

That’s right, our baby is apparently sprouting fangs. One can easily imagine the comical scenes that could follow:

An annoying stranger approaches the stroller. “OOOH, what a cute baby! What’s his name?”

The baby smiles, revealing his teeth; the stranger jumps back and shudders. “Nosferatu,” I reply casually.

Right now, his two top front teeth are also just beginning to poke through at last, but the ones at the sides remain much more noticeable and probably will remain so for a while longer. In the meantime, we’re keeping an eye on the vegetables in the house. If any of them start mysteriously turning white, we’re in trouble.

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