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This situation took place a while ago, but seeing as it’s remained in the forefront of my mind, and seeing as I am over the initial shock, I now feel ready to share its full and hideous glory with the blogosphere. Will it serve as a cautionary tale? Maybe. Will it change the world for the better? Most definitely (just as the rest of my posts do on a daily basis). When it happened, I was too repulsed to write about it; I mean when your baby ends up with a live and unidentifiable bug in his mouth, it’s not something you necessarily want to keep as a permament memory. But you know what? As time passed I’ve had many a good laugh over the whole thing. So, here it is.

A few weeks ago, Little N Bomb was sitting on the floor playing with toys. At this point in his wee life he was still pretty stationary. So while he played, I stepped in to the kitchen to battle dishes or something housewifey like that. When I checked on him just a moment later, he had the strangest look on his face (one of puzzlement, verging on disgust), and a stream of drool that gave Niagara Falls a run for its money. I also noticed that he was moving something around in his mouth, and at this point I got a little worried. So I gently pried open his tiny jaw and scooped out a “wild blueberry”? But we didn’t have any blueberries in our house. Upon closer inspection I realized this “blueberry” had eight tiny wriggling legs and a hard shell. Ugh. I opened the front door and tossed it, never having seen the likes of it again.

It wasn’t until today, that I actually had the courage to Google this mysterious bug. And despite my best efforts, I couldn’t find an image of it anywhere. The best pics I could find were of a VW Bug, a wooden spider and a DC comic book character (and obviously none of them are what I found that day). I guess the closest one is the wooden spider, but the one Niko had in his mouth only had one body sphere, not two. And who knew there was even a comic book character called the Blue Beetle?! Geesh, the things you can learn on this wild and wacky interweb.

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Niko’s latest accomplishment? Clapping his hands (well, sort of). It’s more like he bangs them on the table or his high chair or his lap, and sometimes even together. But what really gets him going is If You’re Happy and You Know It or Patty Cake. Sometimes he understands what to do and sometimes he doesn’t but it’s so cute to see him concentrating so hard to clap his hands and then see the huge smile that follows after he’s successful!

Lately in the morning, shortly after I hear his first wakeful chirps, I will just lie in bed awaiting his next move. Will it be crying, more chirps or some hand clapping? And more often than not, it’s the hand clapping. It will be all quiet and then I’ll just hear his two little palms smacking against each other from the other room, and when I go to see him, he’s just lying there smiling, wiggling and clapping. Too cute!

Note 1: To see a short video showing the amazingness of Niko’s utter glee and concentration at clapping his hands, click here.

(PS – I am aware that he’s wearing a Christmas bib in the video and it’s May, but when you’ve got a 24/7 drooler on your hands, you just use whatever’s available!)

Note 2: After posting Niko’s If You’re Happy and You Know It clapping video on YouTube,  I now realize I am not the only parent with this idea. There are so many videos of babies clapping along while their mommies sing the song, and it’s sort of neat to see the short clips and hear all the different voices and accents that the mommies sing in.


As I was feeding Niko barley cereal with a dash of prunes this morning, I had to do a double take when I thought I caught a glimpse of a second tooth. I couldn’t be sure, but upon further inspection my observation proved correct: a second tooth had sprouted up right beside his first one. It seems that the Tooth Fairy cast her spell in the overnight and Niko woke up with tooth numero deux today.

I say teeth, and teeth they are, but they are still super tiny, probably only about 2 mm for the first one and even less for the second. Furthermore, these elusive little teeth are proving difficult to catch on camera, but pictures will be posted as soon as I can get a clear shot. So, when are we supposed to start brushing this little puppies?

PS – I am aware that the Tooth Fairy is usually the one who takes teeth away but in this case, I swear she’s the one who dropped them off.

Note: Contrary to the cartoon below, Niko does not seemed to be bothered by teething. The only sign he shows is a steady river of drool.


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The rivers of drool (I think Niko went through at least five bibs yesterday) that have been flowing from our little guy’s mouth seem to have amounted to something in the overnight. As far as I can tell, the baby tooth fairy came for a visit.

While Niko was chomping on my finger this morning I sensed something other than the usual smooth gum line: a ridge, a peek, something jagged, not the usual. But do you think I can get a look at what’s there? Not a chance. Every time I try to see, Niko moves his head or tongue around so it becomes impossible, but I can feel it. I am just not sure if the white tip has poked it’s way through or if it is just getting ready to do so. Either way, we’ve entered a whole new world here, and there’s no going back. I guess it’s time to get Niko a toothbrush.


They came in droves. They came with outfits, they came as gifts, they came as hand-me-downs: when Niko was first born, I wondered what the heck I was going to do with all the baby bibs that kept pouring in. As a newborn he really didn’t need them: we used receiving blankets for post feed burping and drooling was non-existent. But now, now I see the beauty in having a lot of bibs.

The drool days are here, and Niko pretty much has a steady stream of drool in one form or another all day. So, he’s taken to making a fashion statement of sorts, frequently changing his bib, just as a celebrity would make a wardrobe change, channeling all his buddies from Mommy’s In Touch magazine. I mean, he will easily go through two, three or four bibs in one day, happily filling them with slobber and drool from the stream of bubbles he has gotten so good at blowing.

Does this mean teeth are in the near future? I’m not sure I’m ready for baby teeth! Although, I bet he’ll look pretty darn cute once those little white tips start peeking through his gums.


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