March 21, 2012

Happy Teeth


I've secretly been on a bit of a vacation the last few days. Big Smith took some time off of work and he did a little skiing, we had a quality time around the house, and then we went out to my mom's to enjoy this beautiful weather. Tomorrow he goes back to work (very sad face). I have a zillion photos and thoughts and have also been (mostly) keeping up with my March Photo a Day... but today is just too nice for me to sit here and sift through all of the pieces so instead I'll just mention the one super exciting milestone we hit about a year late.

See that hand Little S has in his mouth in the picture above? That hand has been living in that position and I've been silently hoping that it meant we were going to get some teeth in that mouth... and FINALLY after a full year of what seemed like teething Little S just barely cut his first two teeth!!!!

He's almost 16 months old and trust me, I know it's strange not to have any teeth yet. His doctor told me again and again that it was completely fine, unusual but not unheard of, that he had no other symptoms of problems that "delayed tooth eruption" could indicate and he was just late. Still, when everyone looks at you with their eyes bugging out of their head when you say your little one has no teeth, when all of the other toddlers have a mouth full of chompers, when your kid is also small and everybody seems to have unsolicited advice and opinions... it's hard to keep focus on the fact that all.kids.are.different. They all grow at their own pace, crawl and walk when the time is right, and some even wait until they're16 months old to cut those very first little white teeth.

Little S has stolen my "mouse" and run away with it five times this morning so I think that's a sign that I need to close this computer and get outside. Here's a little glimpse of what we've been up to courtesy of my cell phone and I know I keep saying it but hurray for this weather!

7 comments:

  1. Ha, I never noticed that W had no teeth! Our neighbor's little girl also didn't get her teeth until she was 18 months old, it was kind of cute, though! I'm so glad you are not freaking out about it- it is so true that these babes have their own schedule, and wouldn't it be strange and boring if every kid did things at the exact same age? Variety is the spice of life!

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  2. A couple friends of mine have had late teethers, so this seems perfectly normal to me. Hey, Rowan didn't walk til 17 months, so no timeline is set in stone for babies! Sorry your little vacation is over. My husband goes back to work tomorrow too. Ditto on the sad face.

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  3. I also never noticed that little Smith was toothless! He's just so darn cute I completely missed it! We've been on the opposite end of the teething spectrum, but yes, it is so important to remember that they all develop at their own pace. I have been pulling my hair out this week with our little guy cutting three chompers, so I'm actually pretty envious of you! Ha!

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  4. When you're that adorable you don't need teeth. All children are different and have their own time schedule. He's probably glad to have them come through so they don't hurt so much.
    Laura

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  5. yay for two teeth! now they'll all probably come at once! :)

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  6. Yes! Kids are all different. And I promise you he won't be starting kindergarten with no teeth. The mom guilt/competition is so hard sometimes, especially when your kid is behind in stuff that other kids are acing. For example, I have been judged mercilessly by playground moms about my neversleeper. But people are all different, and very tiny people are no exception. Little Smith is right on track for Little Smith.

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  7. Aww, congratulations to Little Smith on those teeth!! That's adorable. It really is impossible not to compare your child's development to others, isn't it? I've been finding that more and more as I meet more moms. (LOVE those puffy little cheeks in the last photo!!)

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