Ké Nako … It Is Here!

And no, I’m not referring to the Soccer World Cup ‘cos unless you’ve been asleep for the past couple of months, you’d know, that has come and gone already.

What I’m referring to has been just as eagerly anticipated, but not by millions, only a couple of us, namely, Walter and I. And the Ké Nako, it is here, has been preceded by much unpleasantness, lots of tears, runny tummy’s, snotty noses, messed up day time sleep routines, refusal of dummies, early mornings started with lots of screaming, refusal to eat and lots of other not such pleasant stuff, which included being pinched and scratched during the throes of many tantrums.

This morning did not start like any other morning in our household. We did not wake up to the sound of birds chirping and the irritating buzz of our alarm, instead we were woken up by the screams of our little baby, screaming bloody murder, completely inconsolable at 04h45. After many attempts to calm and soothe her, while staring down at her as she writhed and screamed bloody murder I noticed something… something white, something glistening in the midst of the red, mushy mess that is Ava’s gums.. a tooth! Halle-freaking-luja !!! The first tooth is FINALLY out!!! It looks like the second one is in hot pursuit… the gum where that tooth will emerge also has that swollen, white look about it.

I seriously hope that the second one emerges really quickly and not three weeks like this one, so that perhaps, things can go back to the way they were? So that perhaps, I won’t get pinched and scratched when I try to comfort Ava in the throes of a melt down. So that she will eat her food again instead of spitting and slapping it away from her face and most trying of all… so that she will take her dummy again and return to her original day time sleep routine!

While I’m utterly thrilled that the offending tooth which has caused so much drama and discomfort is finally out, I’m also a little bit sad… my little baby is growing up way to fast! She’s not a little baby anymore!

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  • Reply Hanneke C

    Glad that offending tooth is finally here! The secret to your little baby growing up is to enjoy every stage, the stages to come are sooo cute! Her little character will start to come out even more! I love the developing stages, ie stopping to smell the flowers!

    August 31, 2010 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Zeu

    Whoop whoop.. glad the tooth finaly emerged. Shame she has been through the ringer with that..

    You probably were told about a baby powder (Like Grandpa) for teething? Can’t think of the name now.. Let me know if you haven’t tried it already, then I’ll get you the name, worked well for Alizee with the molars…

    Well done Ava! So proud of you !


    August 31, 2010 at 9:48 am
  • Reply zamom

    Congrats on the tooth and love your blog’s new header. Can’t wait to see some toothy grinned smiles soon. I also hope for your sakes that the rest of her 19 (yes, 19) teeth arrive with a little less drama.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:10 am
  • Reply coachmarcia


    Yes, I am that excited!!!

    ZAmom just scared me – so we have another 12 to go – oh MY!

    Sharon, hopefully Ava is like Kendra – tooth 1 was horrible (a few days of screaming) and then teeth 2 – 8 we didn’t even know about. They just popped out.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:18 am
  • Reply wheresmybun

    Aaaaah! Congrats on the first toofie!!! I’m so proud of her! I hope too that the rest of the teeth will come out with very little pain & no fuss!

    August 31, 2010 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply wheresmybun

    Oh and can I be a little sad that she’s growing up so fast? Can’t believe she’s got teeth (a tooth) already…..

    August 31, 2010 at 12:26 pm
  • Reply marina1605

    Congratulations! So, are you going to make pancakes to celebrate?

    August 31, 2010 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply Nisey

    I hated teething. i am so glad its over. i hope and pray that ava is better than jaden, his top 2 teeth took FOUR months to come out. seriously – swollen gums and ratty for FOUR MONTHS… euw.

    August 31, 2010 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply elna3

    Agree with Hanneke -as you say goodbye to what has been, every new phase that follows brings so many new, exciting, fun things. I personally think it gets better as they get older.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply hollielee5

    YEAH!! What a milestone, Congratulations to ALL! I’ve been experiencing much of the same with our lil guy. He is almost 11 mos, and his 5th and 6th tooth (with #7 & 8 right behind) have given us FITS! I wish it wasn’t so hard to get teeth. But I do hope that the rest are easier for you than the first!

    August 31, 2010 at 3:02 pm
  • Reply orbit365

    Ah congrats and well done Ava!
    My son used to cut up to 4 teeth in one go. It was traumatic. Then there would be a break for about 3 months or so. Then another 3 or 4 teeth in one go. Eventually we got used to it and didn’t even notice him cutting his molars. Interestingly enough, he wasn’t interested in any teething rings. He used his dummy as a teething ring. Odd.
    I have to say that I’m very glad to be done with teething..x

    August 31, 2010 at 8:50 pm
  • Reply suestuart

    Yay, at last! Hope number 2 makes a very quick appearance 🙂

    September 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply jonivdw

    Yay that is awesome news! Can’t wait to see a pic of the offending tooth! xxx

    September 1, 2010 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply emk808

    Yay tooth!!!!! I hope she feels better now!

    September 2, 2010 at 4:58 am
  • Reply ttcnot2easy

    Heaven help me I am positively POOPING for this stage! Bella seems to have a high pain thresh hold, but you never know!!
    So pleased that Ava’s toothies are emerging! Where’re the pics 😉

    September 2, 2010 at 8:55 am
  • Reply yvettene

    She is growing up so fast, pretty soon she is going to have a mouth full of teeth.

    September 5, 2010 at 8:52 pm
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