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Why I’m Waiting for Ello to Cut His First Tooth on 10 December


So, my second son Ello is 7 months old – just a few days short of turning 8 months. Now, his older brother Kitty cut his first tooth when he was exactly 8 months and 5 days. So what I’m doing is that I’m expecting Ello’s tooth to pop out when he hits 8 months and 5 days too.

Yeah, I know – sometimes I allow myself to wallow in the miasma of my own vanity.

So, Ello will be exactly 8 months and 5 days on December 10, which is next week. And that’s when I’m hoping to see him cut his first tooth.




If the tooth doesn’t pop on that day, isorait because I understand that all babies are different and that they meet their milestones at their own pace (as BabyCenter keeps reminding me).

But meanwhile, I will just sit here twiddling my thumbs and waiting for that December 10th.

I wonder if you too sometimes wallow in the miasma of your own vanity.

And by the way that miasma word- I like using it sometimes so that I can sound intellectual like PLO Lumumba- because I first heard it from him. There goes my vanity again.



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Maryanne W. Waweru is a Kenyan mum raising her two sons in Nairobi. A journalist, Maryanne is passionate about telling stories and hopes that through her writing, her readers learn something new, feel encouraged, inspired, and appreciative of what they have in their lives. Maryanne's writing focuses on motherhood, women and lifestyle. "Telling stories is the only thing I know how to do," she says.


  1. This topic is VERY emotional for me. Mostly because my girlfriends daughter popped a tooth at 5 months n some days… I COULD NOT FATHOM THIS!!! Mind you, she is younger than Boomboom. I dont know what to say… everytime he bites me i go like “Boom, is that a tooth?” So i am with you… WAITING!!!!


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