Sometimes when Rachel screams I get a real good look in her mouth. It's actually one of the more pleasant ways for me to look in her mouth--she keeps it open during a real gut-wrenching scream for quite a while and I'm able to peek in her mouth and look for new teeth without getting my finger bitten.
A few weeks ago Rachel opened her mouth to scream while we were out walking and I noticed a big, purplish, black spot on her gums. I was pretty frantic about it because she'd already had one molar come in and this hadn't happened. So called my friend Sara. She said it was probably just her tooth trying to come through.
Molars, apparently, are killer.
She gave me some Orajel and we've been using that for the last few weeks. I realize that it says to only use it for a week at a time on the package, but we've been using it for longer than that anyway. Rachel's gum was black and blue and looked really painful, but the tooth was no where in sight so to keep her sleeping through the night, we'd just numb her gum before bed. She seemed to deal with the pain during the day without it.
I kept checking her mouth periodically, usually when she was screaming, to see if her tooth had popped through. There didn't ever seem to be any progress.
It was still black and blue when Karen arrived and I showed it her. She assured me, as so many other mothers in the branch here, that, although it was pretty gruesome looking, it was probably alright.
And it was.
Yesterday when we got in the taxi to come home, Rachel started howling with her head thrown back, giving me a beautiful view of her mouth. This time, instead of the black and blue gum, there was a little bit of a pristine white tooth showing. Hallelujah! It took that tooth forever to break through.
Now the other side of her mouth looks like it's starting to bruise, she has another molar on the bottom coming and her canine teeth on the top are breaking through as well. Phew! We're almost done with this round of teething! Only 4 more teeth to go until we get another break!