However, I have recently had irrefutable proof that LO is, in fact, teething. He has started biting me.
Now, considering the fact that LO is starting on a single tooth that is taking its sweet time to erupt, the biting should not be such a big deal. Unfortunately, LO is biting me when he is in possession of a particularly sensitive portion of my person. In addition, he likes to chomp down as hard as possible and then pull away with his jaws still clamped together.
I apologize for the collective wince that everyone just felt, but what's a blog for if not to make people feel uncomfortable on a grand scale?
I do get a little warning before the torture commences. LO growls a little prior to making like a barracuda. I think one of two things is going on: Either the poor lamb is really hurting because of the the rogue tooth breaking through untouched gum, or he seems to think he's a miniature Tyrannosaurus Rex because I have inadvertently given birth to Calvin of cartoon fame.
In any case, each time it happens, I take him away from the breast and make him wait several minutes before he's allowed to finish his meal. I know that he will get the idea eventually. I made a point of looking up this phenomenon in the book last night and learned that it typically takes 20 to 30 incidents for the child to learn that bitey=bad.
Let's just take that in for a few moments while we all enjoy some deep cleansing breaths.
As I tell LO multiple times per day, it's a damn good thing he's so cute.