Abigail welcomed her first tooth at 3.5 months. While it was really cute to see her with one lonesome tooth for a couple months (see photo below), it was way too early for a nursing Mommy who had a baby that loved to “chew” while eating.
Fast forward to present day and Abigail has too many teeth for me to keep track of (as if she’ll sit still while I pry her mouth open to count her pearly whites…no way). While I don’t know exactly how many teeth she has (the answer is a lot more than one…see photo below), I do know that she’s working on more.
And these suckers must be painful because our happy-go-lucky daughter has turned into a screaming, crying, whining, not eating, not sleeping monster of sorts (sorry Abby, but it’s true). Holy moly, talk about a lesson in patience! It feels like we have a newborn all over again (maybe she’s just prepping us for #2!?). Sleepless nights and inconsolable tears…I’ve felt so incredibly helpless the past few days. I feel terrible for her but there’s not too much we can do about it other than love her and give her some baby ibuprofen (as her pediatrician instructed us to do yesterday afternoon when we got her checked out).
I’m happy to report the ibuprofen helped yesterday afternoon and last night (she actually slept through the night which was needed so badly after two straight nights of being up with a sad and sore baby for 3+ hours in a row). She also showed a little more interest in eating her dinner last night which helped.
What other teething helpers do you all recommend? Any tips/tricks?
All I know is that while she’s been much fussier than usual, she still has her typical “Abigail moments” of pure joy, incredible curiosity, and sometimes scary determination. We have a little trooper on our hands and even though the past few days have been a challenge for everyone, we’re happy to say we’re beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel (as evidenced by her interest in drumming all morning this morning…happy Abigail is making a comeback!).
Have a great Tuesday, everyone!