Cutting Teeth

Teething is one of those developmental things that everyone dreads. We’ve all heard the horror stories about babies screaming through the night as their first tooth ever so slowly makes its way through the gums, pierces the surface makes that grand appearance out in the world. I’ve heard somewhere that, if adults had to go through this, they wouldn’t be able to stand the pain. I don’t know about all that. I do know that, over the past month and a half or so, Lucy’s had more difficult days than normal. She wasn’t napping very well and has been waking up crying more often. Her sleep patterns also changed at night. We figured pretty early on that it was teething. My wife told me that babies can wake up angry or crying because, when they’re awake, the pain can be blocked out, but when they’re sleeping they’re more focused on it.

Thinking about all this is kind of a bummer. These poor little tykes have to go through all this pain and there’s not really much you can do. We do have these things called Humphrey’s Teething Pellets, which seemed to help the few times we used them, though they made her a little loopy.

After a while, it seemed like Lucy got back to normal or at least settled into a new routine. Then, one day while I was out putting oil in my car or something, my wife came out with the baby. She actually startled me because I wasn’t expecting them to be standing there, but the big smile on her face calmed me down instantly. My wife showed me a tooth peeking out of Lucy’s gums. That was almost a full month ago (it was on her five month birthday, actually) and she now has a second one popping through.

Overall, I think the kid might have my wife’s high threshold for pain because the second one didn’t seem to bother her too much. I think it’s cool to see her starting to really grow up, though I wish it didn’t hurt her so much. The only real difference, the one that we can’t explain to her just yet, is that she can’t suck on our fingers like she used to because it hurts like a muther. Thankfully, we’ve got plenty of toys and teethers for her gnaw on to hopefully make up for it though.


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