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Teething Tantrums

I think it’s finally here. I think my babygirl is teething.

She’s about 3 months old, which is fairly normal for it to start from what I’ve read. I just didn’t know what to expect.

Yesterday was a bit of a trying day… lots of crying and fussin’. At first I thought it was because her second nap didn’t go well. She was awake for two hours, fighting sleep. Dont’cha just love how it gets harder to put a tired baby to sleep? It’s a vicious cycle, I tell ya. We think tired = fall asleep, at least that’s how my body responds (even if I’m someplace where I’m not supposed to fall asleep. Say… like at the movie theater during 300. Yes, I really did sleep through most of that…)

And isn’t odd how a lot of babies and kids fight sleep, while adults wish kids would let them sleep?

But now I think it was more than that. Like widdle toofers. Hell, this may have contributed!

Most of yesterday (especially in the evening) consisted of Rissy trying to jam things in her mouth. She even tried – on several occasions – to insert her fist into her mouth along with whatever else was there. Suck, suck, suck. Chomp, chomp, chomp.

Suck and chomp.

She got mad at her binky, it just was not cutting it. Teethers? Couldn’t jam them in far enough and often required too much hand-to-mouth coordination.

Her favorite? My finger.

Better yet, my finger wrapped in a washcloth.

I tried to let her have my finger as much as I could stand since it satisfied her the best. Cooing even resumed for a bit, albeit muffled around my finger. Eventually I had to take it away – it was starting to feel sore!

So, all the chomping and the drool – omg the drool! – led me to finally consider the possibility of teething and not just lack of napping.

I can’t tell for sure, but her gums felt different (bottom front). I couldn’t get a good look because she’s a squirmy one. Plus, when I’d try her tongue would get in the way as she tried to devour my hand or she’d be crying.

Ahh, yep. It was a day filled with crying, drool, and poop. (No blowouts thanks to our cloth diapers!)

What experiences have you had with teething? How’d you soothe those aching gums?



Saturday 29th of January 2011

Yeah, I read that using ambisol or orajel can be dangerous if too much gets numbed. Thanks for the washcloth tip!

I know there's a possibility she's not, but it sure seems like it.


Saturday 29th of January 2011

Sounds like toothers! There is a ton of drool and chomping. Little Bit drooled and chomped for several months before we his first tooth made its appearance. Our pediatrician told us to give him cycles of Tylenol and ibuprofen to ease the pain. Although I don't quite remember how old Little Bit was when he gave this advice. My parents had a trick that worked amazingly well but requires strict supervision. They gave him (and me when I was little) a chicken leg bone with all the meat and gristle off of it. Worked like a charm. You just have to be extra careful your little one doesn't push it to far back there. Times of desperation call for desperate measures ;D Good luck on the teething and the poop, lol!

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Friday 28th of January 2011

Alli starting teething about the same age. Chill some wet washcloths in the fridge. We have 1 teether that was small enough for her little mouth, it's a fish (the body is filled with water and flat). We asked the doc about Ambisol, but warned to avoid it because it'll numb her tongue :( She now has both bottoms; I think the top ones are starting now. Last night she just wanted to be held or sucking on her teethers when I couldn't hold her up.