Teething (a Lesson in Patience)

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!


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10 Responses

  1. Jenn Flippen says:

    Tylenol (less harsh on the tummy) during the day and Ibprofen for an all night sleep. Cold drinks, crushed ice to play with and eat, and a damp washcloth that has been in the freezer for her to chew on. The washcloth is nice because they can put it wherever it hurts and chomp down. Sofie just doesn’t get those mollers very well.

    • 7x7xMommy says:

      I am putting a damp washcloth in the freezer right now so when she wakes up, we can test it out…I’ve definitely heard that works and I always forget to try it! Thanks for the tips…they’re awesome!

  2. Anina Duren says:

    Have you thought about the teething necklaces? I just pulled ours out again for the girls since they are working on their second molars. They don’t make everything 100% better, but they have sure helped us a lot, and it is better than loading them up on tylenol all the time.

  3. lucy says:

    Oh man! No bueno… the teething days were no fun. I think shes’s prepping u for 2 years old(we’re finding this out now!) AND #2!! Ps back to 4 days a week starting next week. We also got a membership to the oak zoo, sooo if u feel like an adventure to the east bay… let me know and we can meet up there!

    • 7x7xMommy says:

      No bueno indeed! Haha, and I can only imagine what the 2’s are going to be like…I definitely feel like we’ve been getting a taste the past few weeks…she started this bizarre thing of throwing her whole body onto the floor and putting her hands over her head if she doesn’t get something she wants. Scary (but kind of funny in an odd way!). Ohhh and yay! We’d love to take a field trip across the bay to meet up with you guys at the zoo – sounds awesome! Let’s pick a week 🙂

  4. sarah p says:

    hyland’s teething tablets are great. also, don’t feel guilty about meds. did u ever have braces or a retainer? remember that pain? that’s what i imagine that they feel. we have even piggybacked ibuprofen and tylenol during the worst colds/flus. every nurse and doctor i have talked to recommend this.
    also, someone mentioned the nosefrida in another post, we have a similar one but u just use tissue instead of having to buy filters (called babycomfynose). it is the BEST to get snot out of them. i clear lu out every night before bed.

    • 7x7xMommy says:

      I’ve never heard of Hyland’s Teething Tablets…I’ll have to look into them – where did you find them? haha, and great perspective on the meds…good point! Having teeth growing in must be pretty darn painful!

      Okay and I’ll definitely look into babycomfynose too…Abby’s been such a mess this week!

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