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Baby Savannah – 6 month Progress Update

I cannot believe the changes since I wrote the last update about my beautiful daughter Savannah at 3 months old. A lot changes in 3 months, in the world of a baby.

6 month old sitting up

Physical Development

This is the area that she has changed the most, at 3 months she  Continue reading

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First Dentist appointment!

There are so many firsts to be excited about, first dentist appointment probably isn’t up there, however I was kind of excited to see how many teeth he has…why would you be excited by that I hear you ask? Because the end of teething could be upon us! Ahhhhhhhh you say with a nod and understanding.

Anyway, so the first thing they made me do, because he was a new patient, was fill out 10 million forms – are they serious! Luckily he decided to keep still and tip out the contents of the change bag while I was busy writing at the speed of light.

The dentist lady was very nice, she made us both feel comfortable and said that the important thing for him was to be comfortable and happy there and that if she cannot see inside his mouth this time, it doesn’t really matter…phew I thought (because secretly, our practise runs of “Nate open wide” hadn’t been going too well).

He sat on my lap and she carefully lifted his lip up slightly to take a peek, after a couple of tries she got a fairly good look and said they looked healthy and that he has at least 16, maybe 18 teeth, so perhaps only 2 more then he is done! Nice 🙂 She said normally at his age they only have about 10-12 teeth, so he is advanced. (Well he did get his first tooth at 4 months).

Nate was very well behaved, even though he was obviously scared. He was more afraid when they looked in my mouth and used the tools that were noisy, but the book they left out for him on “choo choo trains” kept him sat like a good boy on his own whilst she checked out my teeth.

I found this useful tooth chart:

tooth-chart

A couple of things she noted to me, was: no fluoride in toothpaste (or very low) until after age 2, brush their teeth (for them) twice per day, and obviously limit sweets, chocolate and cakes. I could proudly say that we never give him any of those currently. Not because I am being ‘mean mummy’ but because he has his whole life to eat and enjoy naughty treats, right now, he prefers fruit (which is possibly no better for teeth, but is healthier) so we are enjoying giving him all the fruit he wants.

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Where has my happy boy gone?

Nate has been teething non-stop for 3 weeks straight, in this time he has had two teeth through and the third is on the way for a total of 5 teeth. The problem is he has been so very unhappy that it’s hard for me to remember the way he used to be. Sometimes I think I made it all up, maybe he was always like this. I worry that I will never get my happy boy back. Please someone confirm that this is a phase and my happy boy will be back once the teething is over.

What a shame that hubby has been on hols for the last two weeks. I mean it’s been fab for me but I feel like he wishes he was back at work, I have to admit I was thinking it myself last week when the teething was really bad and it took us ages to get him to sleep for his naps and at night.

What is it with teeth? Such a bad invention, they seem to cause us all problems most of our lives 🙁

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Didn’t realise he was teething!

So Nathaniel is at that lovely age now (almost 8 months) where he is simply so much fun to be around. He has so much personality, he is learning to clap, he laughs like the minions in Despicable Me and then it all changed last week. He was suddenly grumpy all day long. I had no idea what was going on, I had also dropped his morning bottle do I thought it might be that at first but even after his afternoon nap he was still grumpy. For a while me and hubby thought it might be that we were giving him too much attention, or picking him up every time he moaned and therefore he had worked out how to get attention etc etc. Then I looked in his mouth on Monday and saw a white bit on his gums! His third tooth was breaking through….*light bulb*
We finally worked out what was wrong! I realise it makes me sound like a bad mother that I didn’t realise what was wrong but the last time he teethed was months ago and it was really different, that was so bad it was obvious he was teething, he had bright red cheeks, would cry all day etc but this time it was more subtle so I didn’t realise he was teething. So I thought, phew, now his tooth has broke through I should get my happy boy back…but no! He was still grumpy! So I thought I was wrong something else is bothering him, I looked in his mouth and I saw a red mark on his gums, his 4th tooth is coming through!

So here we are day 5 into this teething period. He hasn’t been too bad, he has been better in the day than last week but worse at night. We have had to give him calpol to help him cope with the pain and it took over an hour to get him to sleep last night!

I want my happy boy back so hope this ends soon. My only consolation is that teething seems to be better now he is older and I hope it continues to get easier as he gets older. Feel free to contradict that or share your teething stories with me!

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