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Email of the Day: Savor Those Gummy Smiles!

By Dr. Laura on February, 21 2023
Baby smiles while being held by woman

I am a full-time mom to a 4-month-old boy. The last two weeks have been quite rough, due to two tiny teeth I can see popping up through his gum line. He’s cried more than he ever has before, and he hasn’t slept well. I’m tired and disheveled. My hair isn’t washed, my clothes have vomit on them, and there are piles of dirty dishes in the sink. When I look around, it’s easy to be overwhelmed.


But then I remembered something I saw online while reading about teething. It said, β€œonce those first two teeth pop through, you’ll never see that gummy smile again, so take it in!” I cried at how quickly my baby is growing up, and I thought about how being a full-time mom is the best (and hardest) thing I’ve ever done. How many gummy smiles are working moms missing when they only see their babies for three hours a day? How many laughs, hugs, kisses, breastfeeding sessions and endless snuggles are these moms willingly giving away?


I’ll take all of them I can get. After all, he’s only little for a small number of days, and I plan to spend every single one being my kid’s mom.



Savor Those Gummy Smiles!


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