So I stuck my finger in his mouth as only mamas will do and felt that he did indeed have a molar cutting through. This is sort of a gray parenting area for me; I vaguely recall Molly getting hers. So I texted a dentist friend and read the ADA website.
The first of the adult molars also begin coming through in the back of the mouth around the age of six years; behind all the deciduous teeth. These will be the first of adult teeth. http://www.3dmouth.org/6/6_1.cfmI know, I know. There is no "timeline" for growth and development in children. I tell my families all the time that "normal" is whatever your kid does, when he does it. If you are a parent that adopted your child outside the US, than I know you know where I am going with this. I don't have my son's birth certificate. His age is all speculation and subjective. So for me, Etienne cutting a molar feels like I missed more of his life. Before he came home, I would sit in my glider, praying that he was being held and loved; and that many of his "first" moments wouldn't happen until his was with his forever family. In the grand scheme of life, cutting teeth isn't a big deal. For a mom that is desperate to bond and love and connect with her 4 year old, it means a lot. I don't have memories of his first steps, first words or laugh. I will always remember eating chili, listening to gross little boy talk and discovering his first molar.
P.S. E is supposed to be 5 November 24.