The Joys Of Mommyhood – Teething

I have to say, teething is a monster! Unpredictable and painful, for baby and even mama. I nursed poor Z to sleep FIVE times last night, before 3am. He just pushed out most of a molar last week, and it looks like he may be working on an eye tooth now. On the same side. Yay.
He’s mostly happy, but once in a while the pain gets to him and he becomes quite grumpy. Understandable.

I don’t remember the last time he’s happily eaten three full meals in a day. I have amber beads, holistic teething medicine, teething gel, and Tylenol that I use on him (not all at once of course), and though some things help a bit, nothing really seems to take the pain away. It affects the mouth, ears, and tummy (complete with diaper rash when it gets really bad), and can even give him a low-grade fever. What. A. Blast. It’s a constant guessing game as to whether he’s just teething or if he picked up a bug from one of the other babes at church or something.

And then there’s the biting. My shoulder, my lips as I try to sneak a kiss, my arm, fingers, and even my toes. And my nipples! Oh my poor mangled nipples. Z gets frustrated when he’s in pain, and when he’s frustrated, I need to nurse carefully! That boy has made me yell more in the last few months than I have in the last number of years! And I think he enjoys hearing me yelp. Though, funnily enough, he gets offended at me when I start yelling at him for nipping my nips…

Thankfully, like a lot of things in this life, this is just a phase. A short one compared to many. It’s been my least favorite phase so far of watching my little boy develop and grow, for obvious reasons. But I just need to keep in mind that ‘this too shall pass’. And so it shall. Hopefully sooner than later.  Until then, God grant me patience!

Yes, that’s food in the corner of his eye… And in his nose.

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