Friday, May 1, 2009

Thoughts...

I am in a deep sleep when I feel something next to me rustle.  My eyes fly open and I look at the clock.  1:37 am.  Is that all?  I hold the little one near, while praying that she won’t wake up.  She stirs for a couple more minutes, and then tries to suck on her absent binkie.  This goes on for a minute or so, and her fiercely blue eyes fly open with a scream. 

This seems to be a nightly occurrence now.  A binkie doesn’t help—this little one is teething and miserable.  I quickly rub her gums down with orajel and wait to see.  She screams even harder.  I get her a small bottle, but she won’t even suck on it.  Those blue eyes are staring at me, pleading with me to make the pain stop.  She has to have some Tylenol…her screams of pain are breaking my heart.  After a few minutes, she will suck on her bottle and eats about an ounce before the screaming resumes.  All I can do is hold her close, talk and sing to her and pray she will go to sleep quickly.  It only takes about 10 minutes this time.  In that short 10 minutes, she has screamed so hard that her little voice sounds hoarse.  She finally drifts off to sleep and I am able to fall asleep for awhile.  Her sleeping isn’t deep or sound, unfortunately.  She wiggles and squirms the whole night through until the process repeats at 5:45.   

The squeeze is a great baby.  She has slept through the night since she was 5 weeks old.  This teething thing is breaking my heart!  I can’t take listening to her tragic wail and see those poignant, pain-filled eyes. 

Does anyone have any teething ideas?  She needs something that works better than orajel.  (Or, it would help if the stinking tooth would come through—which I’m thinking we are far from!)

8 comments:

Toni said...

I used to put a wet rag in the freezer and then give it to them to chew on , the cold numbed the pain and the chewing helped ease the tooth in.
teething rings in the freezer too, really anything cold seemed to help all of mine out. HOnestly after the first tooth it gets better, most come in with not much fanfare at all.

The Girl in the Yellow Shoes said...

Thanks Toni! I definitely hope the next ones aren't this bad!

Elizabeth said...

Take her to a homeopath and get a homeopathic remedy. They worked really well for all three of my kids.

kyndale said...

The other suggestions are really good. I also tried (if your baby is old enough) giving my kids frozen blueberries. It's messy fun and also gets those gums nice and numbed up.

Meg Fee said...

oh man my heart is breaking just reading this--i wish had some ideas for you, but alas i'm of no help. good luck!

Meg Fee said...

oh man my heart is breaking just reading this--i wish had some ideas for you, but alas i'm of no help. good luck!

The Girl in the Yellow Shoes said...

Elizabeth--good suggestion! We now have some dissolvable homeopathic pills that are helping so much!

Kyndale--she isn't old enough yet, but I will definitely be trying the blueberries in a couple months! How fun!

Meg--Thank you! I'm not any help either! :)

Lisa C said...

I was going to say try homeopathic teething tablets, but looks like you took that suggestion already. I'm glad it's helping. It's so hard when your baby cries in pain!