Teething Time

The highlight of every mother’s life, right?

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Really though, it changes everything. A cheerful wonderful baby becomes a basket of tears and just a plain ole emotional wreck. Loss of appetite. Messed up nap schedule. Clingy. Did I already mention irritable?

I do feel sympathetic though. Because I remember how much my wisdom teeth hurt–it was that kind of hurt that makes you not feel anything else. And not think about anything else!

It’s the 2-year-old molars, I’m nearly sure of that…
He did get his other teeth early so this is not much of a surprise really. That first tooth came in when he was 3 months old! The drooling and crying started when he was two months. Crazy kid!

The good news is that he isn’t unreachable. Homiopathic teething tablets work pretty well for helping subside the pain and he adores going outside. Running around seems to distract him and lift his spirits. Of course it’s still cold out so I don’t want to have him out there for more than half an hour for fear of catching cold.
He throws big fits when I tell him that it’s time to go in. That’s tough because I can’t handle picking him up anymore so I do need him to cooperate. I just wait for him to get done fussing then I present my request again and he listens, usually.
I don’t think that we’re having a problem of him being disrespectly I think it’s just hard for him right now because he’s having pain. So I don’t even consider disciplining for his complaing. Maybe if he were doing well except for when I ask him to do something…well you get the idea.

This next picture is my favorite of today’s snaps.

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His face just seems to say “I Hurt”

He’s been keeping his favorite sippy cup close at hand and his favorite stuffed bear cuddled to his chest.
It’s very sweet to watch.

Deeder is full of love and while I feel bad for him being in pain I treasure seeing how he comforts himself. I guess it’s only fair to confess that I have been giving in a little to his requests on watching movies. Last night before bedtime I let him watch one, just part way through because I felt guilty for what I know it does to kids! haha.

The loss of appetite always bothers me. Especially since he’s such a thin kid. I know it’s silly of me. As soon as this teething is over he’ll be eating again. Maybe not wanting to eat gives me flashbacks of how he didn’t eat the first two and a half days of his life. That really was scary for my new mommy self.

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So I just tried to take the day in stride as much as possible. Holding him when he wanted a cuddle and backing off when he felt like flailing his arms and screaming. It’s important for me to try not to take any of this attitude stuff personally–he just sort of has to do it, like part of his human built in programming.

At the end of the day he had a nice long soak in the tub, I think that really helped him relax…probably made bedtime less of a struggle than it would have been otherwise.

8 Responses to “Teething Time”

  1. Gramma Momma says:

    Isn’t it sweet when a kiddo learns how to comfort himself? I hope the molars come through soon, for both your sakes!

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  2. Wendy says:

    aww! Poor guy! I hope they pop through quickly. Lani is chewing on EVERYTHING so I assume hers are on their way also.

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  3. Marylin says:

    aww poor lil guy, I really hope these teeth come through quickly for him. I can only imagine the pain of teething… it’s just as well it happens before we are able to remember it huh!

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  4. Laura says:

    Hmm… not getting comments in my inbox today. Does that happen to you guys sometimes too?

  5. Kathie says:

    Poor little Deeder! J’s started drooling again, so I’m wondering if I should be looking for his final set of molars, also.

  6. Oh that last picture is just so heartwrenching – poor wee soul. Hope he feels better soon. New to your blog – hi!

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  7. Poor Deeder we had our share of teething troubles and I sympathise with you and him too.

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