Wednesday, May 21, 2008

You’ll Be A Man, My Son

The big news this week is that Tom has cut his first tooth.

Amid much screaming, many tears and multiple applications of Calpol, Mr Toofy poked his head up from the red welter of Tom’s gums sometime on Monday afternoon. A companion tooth – I can only assume a Mrs Toofy – is also well on her way to studding Tom’s mouth with some beautiful calcium based bling.

My first reaction was to sigh proudly and to announce that soon he’ll be shaving and riding unsafe motorbikes. They grow up so quickly these days.

Thankfully crawling, walking, potty training and coordinating the PlayStation controls (rather than chewing them) – not to mention an entire school career – are all still ahead of Tom so I guess I can look forward to having him at home for a little while longer.

It’s so nice to have a full nest.

13 comments:

lucyfishwife said...

My laptop has a permanently stuck E key; I bought it off my brother-in-law whose (then)3 year old had been using it. It is permanently stuck with strawberry Petit Filou. Never let your kids near anything delicate...

Steve said...

I know what you mean, Tom is already making regular beelines for the video and DVD player, his little pudgy fingers juiced up with saliva and mashed up apple... and he always saves his milky sick for my shoulder. Usually when I've just put on a clean top. His timing is impeccable. He definitely has a sense of humour. :-)

MOTHER OF MANY said...

Potty training is much more exciting?!?!

EmmaK said...

Enjoy the quiet times before they can work the DVD...my four year old recently broke ours because she washed a DVD with water (cleaning it apparently) before inserting it into the machine. The result was obviously, a broken player. I admire her initiative...BUT

The Sagittarian said...

The wee critters are programmed to be like that. Funny thing tho', have you noticed that often (if you're lucky) you come into the world bald, dribbling and toothless and you pretty much go out the same way except not as many people want you on their knee!!

Steve said...

Ally, it is when they manage to get it all in the potty and not over the carpet / sofa / bed / your best pair of trousers...! ;-)

Emma, Tom's already got a fascination for the DVD and the PlayStation. He's evidently going to be very technically minded as he appears to want to know how things work... bright boy. I'm hoping to keep him away from Grand Theft Auto until his late teens though...

Amanda, the great tragedy of my life is not being invited to sit on more people's knees. Maybe I ought to seek part time work as a ventriloquist's dummy? Yeah, I can guess what kind of responses I'm going to get to that...

kate5kiwis said...

aha, way to go tom.
i hope you've taken eleventy billion photos already, dad.
we finally picked up our first PS2 eight hours ago amidst ecstatic emotion like a jesus rally.
already the kids are totally au fait with the controls.

i know that one is black and one is silver, and i guess that's the way it'll stay.
X

The Poet Laura-eate said...

You write about it all so entertainingly.

Yet thankfully I find I remain reassuringly untempted to contemplate parenthood (not that I could afford a little tyke of my own anyway)

Steve said...

Hi Kate, 70 odd kajillion photos and a number of home movies professionally edited by my gorgeous wife already... are we parents or Tom's personal paparazzi? Who knows?! I'm glad to say I can find my way around the PS2 but oddly find that I loathe the damned thing. A sure sign of advancing old age and cantankerousness...

I have to admit Laura, they are expensive to run but do a lot of mileage to the gallon. Plus when they're bigger you can put them to work on the occasional household chore - shopping, gardening, sewing 6000 t-shirts in a room the size of a washing machine, etc... after a while they pay for themselves... ;-)

Reluctant Blogger said...

haha yeah I don't think he'll be packing his bags just yet. It'd be interesting to know what he would put in the bags if he did decide to pack up and go.

It transforms their faces when they get teeth doesn't it? and opens up all sorts of new eating experiences too.

Ooops - I am actually feeling a bit broody now. Can't have that. I'd better go. . .

Steve said...

Hi Gina, at the moment his toys of choice would be an elephant spinning top toy and a play mobile phone that speaks the alphabet and numbers in a very jolly voice. As for transforming his face - he's still very cute so I hope he doesn't suddenly morph into Brian Blessed!

And there's nowt wrong with a bit of broodiness!

-eve- said...

I envy you, Steve :-) (Although haven't started having any maternal urges yet ;-))

Daisy said...

enjoy it while you have it...an empty nest has it's benefits but it becomes hard when you have been a homebody so long...