September 17, 2009

New Teeth???

Is it possible that a whole 6 months after PK's first (and only) two teeth sprouted out, she might ACTUALLY be getting some new ones? The clues:

1. Cold-like Symptoms
She's had a bit of a cough and runny nose since last Friday. A minor inconvenience, but she's been in a relatively good mood in spite of it. And, more importantly, she has been able to sleep through the night in spite of it.

2. Drool
Since her nose was REALLY runny last weekend, we figured that the snot was running down her mouth too. Then I finally clued in that this wasn't snot - it was drool! Drool is, after all, a sign of teething.

3. Rosy Cheek
Yup, PK's right cheek has been like a little beacon, switching on and off from rosy red to normal.

And the pièce de résistance...

4. Teeth!
I spotted a little white speck on her upper right jaw a couple of days ago. Judging by its location, I think it might be a canine. Figures that it wouldn't be her top two teeth. That would just be normal, and with teething, PK hasn't been following the norm. That and when you consider that my first two teeth were my upper canines, I guess it's not entirely surprising!

And yes, I did say teeth, not tooth. This morning, we were on the subway on our way to work. PK got a bit restless (maybe it was the teething?), and started wailing in her stroller. I tried to calm her down, but to no avail. With her mouth wide-open from crying, I spotted it on her lower right jaw - a little white spec. Looks like it might even be a molar! Zoinks! I guess her teeth sure like sprouting on the right hand side. Not surprising, I suppose, given that it was her right cheek that was red this week.

When it rains, it pours! I'm just glad that she's finally sprouting some teeth. For one thing, I just want to get it over with. Also, I think that she would enjoy food a heck of a lot more if she could actually chew it with her teeth. All things considered, however, she does do pretty well for gum-chewing. While I am very glad to see some teeth sprouting out (and at least it explains the runny nose), I will definitely be sad to see that gummy smile go. All a part of growing up, I suppose!

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