Thursday, June 27, 2013

Teething is evil

When Grace was about 8 months old, I had a pediatrician tell me that teething doesn't hurt babies. Yep, you read that right! He said that it doesn't hurt and that there must be something else wrong with her. Grace was getting molars in at the time and was pretty much inconsolable. He searched and searched and of course couldn't find anything else wrong with her. He humbly admitted at the end of the appointment that it must be the teeth that were causing the issue.

Grace's teeth came in one at a time starting at 4 months. It was awful. When her last molar finally came through right before her second birthday I thought, "Great, we're done with teething for a while!" No such luck. Connor started teething around 5 months and we are currently in what I like to call teething hell (excuse my language!) He has 6 teeth coming in at the same time. He's not napping, he's not sleeping and he's not eating very well. Nothing is working. Teething tablets seem to help for a few minutes, Tylenol makes him hyper, and teethers only keep his interest for a couple of minutes. The pacifier seems to help during the day but at night he is just miserable. Two nights ago he was crying so loudly while I was holding him that he woke Grace up. Mike and I spent most of the night trying to keep both of them from waking each other up. It was awful.

To make it even better, Connor has now figured out how to sit up from lying down. So he's not soothing himself back to sleep at all because he sits up right away and then gets frustrated. I go in there to see him sitting up with big tears rolling down his face. It's so sad.

I can't take a picture of the sadness, so you get a rare happy moment picture. He was only happy because Grace came in and he knows that means he gets to get out!
Teething is horrible and I am ready to be done with it. Do you have a teething remedy to share? I'd love any suggestions!

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