So, What Can I Worry About Next?

It’s a never ending cycle. I swear.

We have our hopefully, **fingers crossed**, last appointment for Raelynn’s blood work on November 13th. We just have to go to the pediatrician and she has to get her finger pricked and I think they will be able to test it in the office. So, we should be able to know immediately if her iron is okay, which I really feel that it is. She is just a completely different person, but for the better. Just more energy in general and happier.

So, what could I POSSIBLY have to worry about when Raelynn has essentially done a 180 for the better?

She has ZERO teeth at 14 months old. My stupid anxious personality automatically assumes something is wrong. So what do I do? Turn to Dr. FUCKING Google because he is the best doctor out there. Don’t. Just don’t start this awful habit that I started during my first pregnancy. It’s the worst possible thing you could do. Basically Dr. Google says she is going to die because she has no teeth at 14 months old.

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Here is her big ‘ol gummy smile. It is pretty cute.

I thought she was teething at 4 months old, but obviously that was not the case. I was a first time mom and since she starting putting her hands in her mouth, I automatically assumed she was about to get some teeth. No. That’s what babies do when they discover they can put shit in their mouth. They gum on anything and everything, including their hand, because why not? What else do they have to do at 4 months old?

I don’t really have anything to compare to, but I don’t think she has showed any real signs of teething. Her gums are not white, you cannot see any teeth about to come through, she’s not screaming in pain or gumming on things. I don’t know. I really don’t. I had a dream a while back that she had 8 teeth come in simultaneously. It’s looking like that dream is going to be reality.

Anytime she is really fussy, I used to think, Okay, this is going to be it, she’s finally going to get a tooth. And then nothing. Just a fussy baby, and no tooth.

From what my mom has told me, I was a late bloomer as well. I did not get any teeth until I was 14 months old either. And apparently, your offspring tends to follow suit when it comes to this. I can only hope this is true with her. She is a little over 14 months so hopefully they will come in sooner rather than later, for my sanity. I know I am 100% going to regret asking for this because all of her teeth are going to come in one after the other and it’s all going to be in the middle of the night. I just know it.  But, I just want to know that she has teeth in her head and they are just being stubborn in coming through.

Below is a “normal” tooth eruption chart

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According to this, Raelynn should have about 6 – 8 teeth right now. Her pediatrician said they are not going to be concerned until she is about 15 or 16 months, which unfortunately is fastly approaching. I am assuming if she still doesn’t have any teeth at that point, they will send her to a pediatric dentist to get X-Rays which I will not be too thrilled about. Then, of course, I have read horror stories on the internet about babies having to get surgery to get their gums cut so the teeth will come through. God help me if that’s true.

Developmentally she is fine. She’s hit all milestones within reason. In my heart, I just know that she is going to be a late bloomer and I hope it doesn’t come to her having to go to the dentist to get checked out.

I am almost wondering if her iron deficiency had anything to do with it? I can’t find anything clear cut on the internet, but I fully intend on asking her pediatrician the next time we go in there.

I know I will always worry about everything. It’s just who I am. But, I just need a tooth or two to pop through so I can stop worrying for now until I find something else to worry about.

–The Kentucky Momma

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