Well, actually the title should really read ‘First teeth’, seeing as Arlo’s four front teeth all came in within a week of each other.

Brief teething discussions I’d had in the recent past had led me to believe that one day I’d see a white dot, then Arlo will scream hysterically for a few hours and the next thing I know, a tooth will have just popped out. So I was surprised to find out that the teething process is actually lot more drawn out than just described.

Arlo has been dribbling and chewing on everything in sight for as long as I can remember. But the first tangible evidence of actual teeth was indeed the white dot, a very sharp little point. Or two of them, in Arlo’s case. Over the course of a week these points then turned into lines, which then turned into little stumpy teeth. I suspect they have further growing to do as they are still very small. His top two teeth pushed out from the front of the gum line, and did actually seem to appear overnight. There was no inconsolable crying, Arlo prefered to grumble and whinge on and off all day (but then, this is his prefered method of noise regardless).

I am now breastfeeding a baby with four front teeth, which is a new and not always welcomed experience.

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  1. Ouch! Until I had kids, I never realized how painful of a process teething was – for the kids and for me! Since your little one has teeth now, you might like this Mom’s Guide to Caring for Little Teeth (http://www.1dental.com/moms-guide/). It’s been a good resource for my 4 year old and my newborn.

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