Didn’t I just give birth to a tiny newborn yesterday?
Hannah mastered crawling just a few months ago and now she is standing on her own and racing around the house with her walker. And she’s getting into EVERYTHING. Is it bad parenting that I let her get in to the storage container drawer and play with the lids and containers, just so I can prep for dinner? It keeps her occupied and entertained more than her toys!
And she now has a toothy grin. How did she get so many teeth so quickly? Didn’t we JUST bring her home from the hospital in a newborn sleep suit? She has five and a half teeth; one is about to break through the gums and two more want to surface! Trying to brush her teeth is a battle. She won’t let mummy or daddy brush them for her. She keeps her mouth clenched shut, bats the toothbrush from our hands and screams her head off. But if we make it a game and allow her to play with the toothbrush, a few strokes will happen here and there. That’s much better than having a baby scream bloody murder because I want her to maintain proper dental hygiene! At this point in her non-stop, mobile life, I’ll take whatever I can get!
Hannah recently celebrated her half birthday and we are so proud of the little person she is becoming.
Milestones she has achieved:
Hannah is now crawling!
She has 1.5 teeth
She is eating solids (And she is enjoying any and all foods!)
She is sitting up on her own
The most exciting part about this time in her life is watching her eat and enjoy food. Her dad and I love dining out and discovering delicious food, and I’m happy to report our love of food has transferred to our daughter. Her current favorites are bananas, avocados, sweet potatoes and puréed carrots. At times she also will sample whatever we are eating, and texture and taste do not bother her!
It’s so much fun to watch her personality develop…but, seriously, how did half a year fly by so quickly?
Parenthood is a brand new experience for me. It’s so hard yet so fulfilling. You are now in charge of another life — another human being. And it is your job to figure out what is best for that tiny human being.
We welcomed our first baby, little Miss Hannah. In one week, I’ve learned several new things.
1) Newborn smells are heavenly. Their skin, their breath — they are all wonderful.
2) Newborns have no concept of time of day. Take advantage of when baby is sleeping and squeeze in some sleep yourself.
3) Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I already experienced a mini-meltdown when feeding/changing/burping/cuddling Hannah didn’t end hours of crying.
4) Your heart will be filled with a love greater than anything else for this tiny being
I can already tell this is going to be one wild ride and I am so ready for the adventure!
For baby, teething is not always an easy journey. When they first begin to get their first teeth, baby may not experience any problems at all but equally it can be a very painful process. The first signs of teething can appear many months before the first tooth cuts through.
Between six and ten months is the most common age at which the first teeth start to cut through. As with many milestones, every baby is different. Not all babies teethe at the same time, some are born with teeth, whilst others don’t cut their first tooth until after their first birthday. Often though, girls’ teeth appear sooner than boys’ teeth.
The order that teeth appear pretty much stays the same for all babies though. As you see in the diagram below, the first teeth are usually the two central bottom incisors, followed by the top two, then the lateral incisors. Then it’s the first molars and the canines that arrive and finally the second molars appear. Your baby should have their full set of milk teeth above when they are two and a half years old.