Baby Elma Family Milestones

Tooth, possibly Teeth



I’m making it official.  As of last night’s bathtime, Miss Elma has teeth.  I can see a tiny sliver of white in her mouth in that brief moment between laughing smiles and her thumb being firmly replaced in her mouth, and more than that, my finger can feel a little raised bump of something ever so slightly sharper than her pink little gums.

At a minimum, she’s got her lower left front tooth, and I’m pretty sure I can see and feel the telltale corner of her lower right making an appearance as well.

All of which rather explains why my poor baby has had rather a clingy snuffly sort of day.  All she’s really wanted to do was sit in my arms and snuggle in or have a little milk to cool down her radiator red cheeks.  So that’s what we’ve done; curling up with Kitty on one side and Elma on my lap to watch Sofia, long snoozy nurses in the rocker in her room, and a snuggled up walk around the park for a little fresh air.

Kitty got her first tooth a lot earlier and from then on they gradually made an appearance in orderly rank and file, and almost always one at a time; I have a funny feeling that Elma is going to be making up for lost time, although I hope for her sake that three months worth of teeth don’t suddenly decide to arrived within a week.

And with that milestone comes the clanging realisation of just how much my littlest girl is growing up.  I think the lateness of her teeth had sort of paused her age in my subconscious.  It’s the logic that goes: Kitty got teeth at 8 months.  Elma has no teeth. Therefore Elma is not more than 8 months.  Quality logic I know, it runs alongside this one: Kitty had a sleep regression at 4 months.  Elma has not yet had a sleep regression.  Therefore Elma is not more than 4 months.

Dubious I know but there is a thread of truth in it.  A mouthful of teeth will change her expressions, and certainly change those gorgeous kisses, and I remember from Kitty how it sparks that transition from tiny babyhood to mobile little girl.

In a few days time she will be 11 months and counting down to her first birthday.  She’s a speedy crawler, an avid climber over obstacles (mostly my legs but also including the laundry pile artfully strewn in her way by her father in lieu of a stairgate on Kitty’s bedroom door – he turned around to see only two tiny feet as she wiggled her way down the far side), full of kisses and smiles for everyone, and currently very keen on pointing.

And as she seems to be a devoted carnivore, consistently picking meat over everything else on her plate if it’s there (like father, like daughter), I think she’s going to enjoy having teeth; just as soon as they finish growing.

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  • Katie 06/11/2013 at 2:28 pm

    No your logic makes perfect sense! 🙂
    Hope Elma is ok and doesn’t suffer too much, We are still waiting for S to grow any and he is 9 months! x

    • Carie 06/11/2013 at 8:43 pm

      I was wondering where they were when Elma hit 9 months but then a friend’s baby didn’t get any until 13 months so I stopped wondering and just enjoyed the bite free nursing!

  • Lucy 06/11/2013 at 8:26 pm

    Teeth are such a big milestone. I felt that with both of mine, it really changed their smiles. And I remember with my little man, that I actually wished he didn’t have teeth. Now I look back at pictures of their gummy smiles and think they look funny without some pearly whites.
    I like your logic, although my daughter has been hell bent on doing everything sooner than her big brother, so it doesn’t work very well for me. x

    • Carie 06/11/2013 at 8:44 pm

      Most of the time Elma has been a bit sooner with the milestones but somehow the Mama-logic only kicks in when they’re later!

  • Laura 10/11/2013 at 4:28 pm

    Just discovered your blog and wanted to say its lovely. Really enjoyed reading about snippets of your life.

    Laura x

    • Carie 10/11/2013 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoy it and it’s sweet of you to say so.

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 11/11/2013 at 7:34 pm

    Teeth are a big milestone. LL has two of them now at the bottom but I fear that the top ones will soon be showing- they have cut through but you can’t see them yet. That to me is when their mouth and smile changes- and for some reason that makes me feel really sad. My baby is growing up far too quickly. Hope Elma’s don’t trouble her too much. x

    • Carie 11/11/2013 at 11:06 pm

      They are definitely growing up before our very eyes! I hope LL’s new top teeth come through without too much trouble too x