Friday, October 14, 2005
the bad side of genetics
For the most part, I lost out in the gene pool wars when it comes to our kids. Almost everyone agrees that physically, our kids take after landisdad & his family way more than they do me and mine. In fact, we have a picture of my MIL at 5 years old that is the spitting image of the Bee.
But there are some things that seem to have come down from my side of the family. They just aren't necessarily the things that I would have chosen to pass on, if I could have avoided it.
For example? the Bee has the worst qualities of my parents' teeth.
I really wish that hadn't happened.
My dad has perfectly straight teeth, which are predisposed to getting cavities. My mom has terribly crooked teeth, which are fairly tough. The Bee seems to have ended up with the worst of both genes. Yesterday, landisdad had to take her to the dentist, because she got a cavity filled a few weeks ago, and now has developed a huge lump in her gum. You got it. Abscess (do abscess and cesspool have a common root? because yuck!) . My poor baby! Now we have to take her for an extraction next week. She hasn't even lost a baby tooth yet, and she's already having them yanked!
In addition to that, when she got her baby teeth as a baby, two of her front lower teeth were fused together into one. So now that she's getting her adult teeth, the lower ones are all crooked. Yes, she's six years old, and I'm already saving up for braces.
• Posted By landismom @ 10/14/2005 12:38:00 PM • • •