A mom celebrates her son's milestone.
Angela Chee: Yea! My son finally got his first tooth -- well, actually he got his first teeth (two bottom teeth). Why am I excited? Because he's a year old and, while I loved his toothless smile, I was starting to get worried that he'd never get teeth.
For months, starting at about 6, he's been teething -- chewing on things, drooling. Every time he got really fussy, I kept thinking a tooth must be coming. Moms told me he might get a fever or wake up in the middle of the night too, if he was teething. I waited ... nothing. Months went by -- no teeth. He even started walking and was still just gums. My pediatrician said not to worry; some infants don't get their first tooth until 14 months. But still I felt that was really late, especially when I go to playgroup and all the babies have a mouthful of teeth. I guess I should be thankful since I breastfed up until 11 months and some moms warned me about the painful biting. Yikes!
I know each baby is different, but every mom knows inside that you don't want your baby to be that different. So when those little white pearls started peeking out through his gums ... I was relieved.
So if you're in the same boat and waiting for your baby's teeth to come in ... don't worry, it will happen eventually.
So now I guess I just have to wait for the other 18!
|Angela Chee is a television host, voice-over artist and creator of TheZenMom.com as a resource for other moms because motherhood isn't always so zen. She is a first time mom.|