This has been on our minds for months. We’ve been watching babies around us getting their first teeth, and have spent a bit of time here and there reading up on whether or not breastfeeding babies get their teeth later than formula fed babies. It was certainly a big question in our minds.
There are varying opinions on it, and no facts. We definitely let it cross our minds from time to time, but we were pretty good about not dwelling on the fact that our almost 1-year-old hadn’t yet sprout a tooth, but other had gotten a few already. Though, I have to say it’ll be interesting to see any future research on whether or not there is a correlation, or if there is some other explanation for it. Or if it simply is a matter of, it’ll happen when it happens and there is no key, no trick, no timing, or gene or whatever that dictates when it happens.
Well, back to the original intent of the post, and to put you back on track of a timeline, this post is referencing the week or so following our return to Washington on February 10th. Yes, it’s been more than a month. I know. Things have gotten busy.
That week following our return was certainly a ridiculously odd, frustrating and trying week. Not only were all of us dealing with the random sicknesses we caught while traveling, the stress of the travel, the stress of first time flying with a baby while also nursing… but all of a sudden after a voracious appetite both in Florida and in Connecticut, Zoe decided to have almost no appetite, changed her preference for what she would eat when she decided she wanted to, she also stopped her rather consistently often nursing habits. Talk about throwing a new mommy for a loop.
Oh, throw on top of that a bout of food poisoning on my part. Greeaaaaaat. Last thing I felt like I needed on top of all the other stress was feeling like crap, throwing up constantly and essentially being almost unable to even look at food for a couple of days. But, as always, it passed and I got through it, and went back to toiling over figuring out what the heck was going on with my periodically predictable baby.
At some point the next week, I believe on the 18th, she cut her first tooth. Bottom left. Certainly was an exciting day. But it explained a lot of the weird changes in her moods, her sleeping, her napping and eating habits. Since then, a month later… we basically just take it all in stride for the most part when her moods change and her eating changes, and nursing and sleeping. She’s honestly not ridiculously bothered by it, but she is thrown off, and we now know why. It’s always the hardest when you don’t know why and there are other factors that could be having an effect.