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the eric update - day 189: teething?!

this was going to be a picture to accompany another epicurean adventure about the wonders of sourdough baking as an excuse for establishing a family tradition.

a long time time ago we received a gift of sour dough starter. sourdough "starter" is a batter filled with yeast and bacteria that is used to create a batch of sourdough bread. amazingly sourdough starter can live for a long, long time as long as you care for it while it's in your refridgerator. when our friend gave us the "starter" that was over 30 years old we became enchanted with the idea of sourdough as a metaphor for creating a organic tradition that can be cultivated through the ages. so kris created a batch of "starter" imagining that odin would think we were that much wierder when he got older and realized that we were making bread from a material that was as old as he was.

while kris was making the starter, i had my hands full with odin. he was uncharacteristically fussy and irritable and if you look close at the picture you'll see another bit of strangeness. he was drooling. alot. little bits of drool were collecting in his mouth and we noticed that his lapel was drenched in spit ( look close at the lapel on his "hoodie" and you'll see that it's dark with wetness ).

hmmmmm. a fussy, irritible baby who is drooling? could it be that little odin is in the earliest stages of teething?!

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1/09/2005 11:20:00 PM 5 comments


It could be! My ds started teething at 3 months (and Odin is 3 months adjusted now, right?) and had 4 teeth by the time he was 5 months old. It can take a couple of weeks of drooling before you see any real evidence, though.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:59 AM  

I have learned that with babies, ANYTHING is possible. Boiron makes a great homeopathic teething remedy if you ever have need of it! It's called Camilia (contains water, chammomile (sp?) and belladonna in very small quantities).

By Blogger pumpkinhead, at 10:03 AM  

While first teeth can come in any time just about, this is one case where the parents are a good predictor. Just dig up your baby book and see when your teeth came in (and average with your wife's date) for a good guess.

By Blogger Derek, at 6:59 PM  

I'm right there with you - Adam is teething now too, probably for the last time as he's getting his two year molars. Time flies - Ethan will probably have his first loose tooth in a year or so. I think molars and kanines are the worst to come in. I'm not sure what you can expect with a preemie, I would suspect he would get teeth on his corrected age schedule. Since you were a preemie too, that might be a good indicator of when you may expect the first tooth. Take lots of toothless grin pics as you'll notice lots of facial changes once teeth start coming in.

By Blogger Candy, at 8:06 PM  

interesting - i had no idea you could get a good indication of when a baby's teeth might come in looking at when mine and kris' teeth appeared.

the drooling has settled down over the past few days and he doesn't seem overly fussy so maybe sometimes drooling is just drooling.

By Blogger e3, at 10:31 PM  

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