Baby Family Milestones Pip

One tiny tooth, or is it?


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I think it was Elma’s birthday or thereabouts. We sat at supper, the girls chatted away telling us about their day, H sat with Pip in his lap, trying to amuse him for those few precious seconds that would allow me to bolt my supper (a) while it was still hot and (b) using both hands and I duly scoffed away.

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“He’s got a really strong bite, this one!” said my poor husband as Pip  clamped down again on his father’s finger. Then a pause, a little;e exploratory look and,

“is this little white bit a spot? or.. or has he cut a tooth?”

A spot! a spot on my baby! Nope, not a spot, but what looked very much like the little tiny white corner of a very first tooth. Frankly i was a little bit in shock. Well Kitty got her first tooth at around 8 months and Elma hung on until 11 months; given Pip was 3 1/2 months you can see why we were’t expecting anything for a little while.  And while I know that some babies teethe earlier than others, and some babies are even born with teeth, I promise you, no nursing mother really longs for their baby to be the one sporting a full set of pearly whites at six months.

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But a tooth it very much appeared to be, and we watched and checked, and double checked and waited for this little cut of white to start turning into a proper tooth, and I started to look forward to smiles with that one little tooth.  But nothing changed.  When the girls started bringing in teeth they acquired quite a few relatively quickly and you could certainly see the difference week on week, but Pip’s little white spot stayed exactly that, the tiny corner of a tooth peeking through but deciding not to do any growing yet.

And then, one day, it wasn’t there any more.  I know it was definitely there in December, and I’m certain that it wasn’t just a spot or a very stubborn bit of milk, but it seems to have vanished.

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The only thing I can think of was that it was the top of a tooth that has yet to grow and is sitting happily in his gum awaiting a growth spurt a little further down the line and for some reason it showed itself for a few weeks and then young sir piled on a few more ounces of the gorgeous baby chub that gives him such very kissable cheeks, and that sort of fattened up his gums and it disappeared again.

All of which leaves me with two quandaries. Firstly, has anyone else’s baby had a moment of indecision on the teeth growing front? And more importantly, does this count as his first tooth in the not insignificant matter of the baby book?

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  • sustainablemum 08/01/2015 at 8:56 am

    It’s up to you if it counts surely? My youngest had teething like pain around this age but waited until she was over a year to actually cut one. The HV informed me that sometimes they have pain when the tooth buds are descending although it could be a while until the teeth actually cuts through. 🙂

    • Carie 08/01/2015 at 10:30 am

      happily we’ve been pain free so far – so it’s mostly been curious – hopefully he won’t have it too bad when the real time comes!

  • Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork 08/01/2015 at 9:03 am

    I’m not sure I can help you with the baby book quandry, but I do think it’s perfectly possible for baby teeth to recede back into the gums again! Or rather, it’s the gums that grow faster than the tooth, I think. It happened with M’s canines and we were none too pleased about it because it just prolonged the agony… Hope your Pip doesn’t suffer too much when his pearlies do come through!

    • Carie 08/01/2015 at 10:32 am

      Oh no, that does sound painful for a canine – happily Pip doesn’t seem to have noticed anything happening to his teeth – fingers crossed that remains the case!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 08/01/2015 at 1:50 pm

    Lol… I’m afraid I have no answers, but this did make me chuckle! A little mystery!! What a little monkey. Oh well, it’ll be the story to tell when he’s older… the mystery of the disappearing tooth… sounds like an Enid Blyton book!

    • Carie 08/01/2015 at 9:19 pm

      doesn’t it just – hopefully it will reappear at some point and I think we’ll count it when it comes to stay!

  • Suzanne3childrenandit 08/01/2015 at 2:38 pm

    Either way, he looks absolutely adorable! I love his little stripy baby grow, red is so cute on babies 🙂 Good luck with the tooth mystery! x

    • Carie 08/01/2015 at 9:18 pm

      You’re right – stripy babygros are the best!

  • Charlotte 08/01/2015 at 10:31 pm

    How strange. Bob cut her first tooth early. People used to comment on her teeth when she was 6 months. Maybe it is just on it way and decided to wait a while. x

  • sally 09/01/2015 at 11:17 am

    How strange, I’ve never heard of disappearing teeth before but it does sound feasible, gums must grow as well as every other part of him. I always find the subject of teeth in babies quite weird all round, I just can never quite get my head round the fact that all their teeth are already there, waiting to pop out at various different points in their future.

  • Laura Smith 09/01/2015 at 4:31 pm

    Same thing happen to my daughter! Not at 3 1/2 months though. Hers would break through, not progress, then the gums would heal over them again. I felt is was really unfair she had to cute the same tooth more than once! I say note in the baby book that it peeked out now, and then note again when it comes in completely. That way you are totally covered and also have a fun story!

    • Carie 10/01/2015 at 8:13 am

      Oh gosh – once is funny but again and again just sounds painful – hopefully this’ll just be a one off until all the teeth start coming through in a few months!