A Tale of Three Back Teeth

March 23, 2013


Once upon a time there was Alex, Gill and Eliza, and there was the next instalment in the tale of the terrible thing called teething…

Our story begins during lunch three weeks ago. My mum, who was visiting, spotted something unexpected. “What is THAT in the back of Eliza’s mouth?” she asked. It was a tooth that had suddenly sprung up, putting in a special guest appearance completely out of order with the rest of her set.

I spied the second back tooth only a week later when Eliza was laughing; it was a tiny tip of white, swimming in an angry red sea of gum.

Which brings us to this weekend, and the third tooth in our tale. It is mysterious entity, yet to put in an appearance but surely due to be unveiled shortly.

Hence today was spent camped out on the sofa, with Calpol and Nurofen for company, trying to soothe an ill and really distressed teething toddler (and making up for all the sleep the three of us missed last night).

Teething seems to exist only to cause pain to babies and sleepless nights to parents, doesn’t it? I thought the front teeth seemed bad but cutting the back ones seems to be something else entirely. Poor baby. You’d think by now we’d have evolved in a way that would make the process of making teeth more efficient and easy all round.

So here ends the tale, for the moment.

I’m seeing much baby dental-related pain on Twitter, so I’m sending love to all our fellow calcium companions. Are you suffering too? Hopefully it will ease up soon. That and this lovely weather.


  • Rachel

    March 23, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    I feel you. Pip is cutting her back teeth & is very miserable. Hoping for a better night than last night , for us and you! x

    1. gillian

      March 24, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you, I hope so! Poor babies. It must be so awful to be in that much pain and not be able to really express is verbally…xx

  • Foz

    March 24, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Aww bless. Teething really is horrible isn’t it

    My 6 month old is dribbling lots and biting everything in site….hope these teeth come out quickly!

    1. gillian

      March 27, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Pesky teeth! Poor old babies, it seems to never end. Hope you see some teeth soon x

  • Anna

    March 26, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Oh yes we’re right there with you on this one! Up 3 times last night,
    2 front teeth cut last week & more on the way it would seem. Absolutely awful for baby & parents! Sending lots of love, hope Eliza’s 3rd back tooth makes an appearance very soon! Xx

  • gillian

    March 27, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Thank you! Poor baby – two in one week is really harsh. As are three wake-ups, exhausting x

  • Shirley

    March 27, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Just think of last weeks t.v. Prog of parents of multiple births which must triple the non stop teething.not long to go and you will be through it

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