Teething- GET IN MY MOUTH!

Ahhhh teething… Of course it all started with that first drop of drool.  That drop of drool then turned into the steady drip that soaked the neckline of the onesie, making a bib the new must have outfit necessity. That steady drip then turned into the flowing river of drool that soaked EVERYTHING, bib or not!  Now that everything is soaked the inevitable fussy whine starts, which means Oliver is teething in full force...  So, what does that really mean besides teeth are coming… EVERYTHING GETS SHOVED IN HIS MOUTH!

It’s actually a little scary how everything within reach gets shoved in Ollie’s mouth.  Nothing is too big, or too small, if he can grab it he can stuff it.  Things like my hand, my shirt, his toys of course, my iPhone, his blanket, the carpet, the couch cushion, and then the cats tail!  When Professor Dumbledore’s tail made its way into Oliver’s mouth, I knew it was time to keep teething toys within reach at all times!

A friend sent me an email a couple of weeks ago warning me to make sure when I change his diapers to make sure I keep the dirty one far from reach.  Her warning came with the admission that she learned the hard way!

Drooling, soaking wet bibs and clothes, and the cat’s tail aside, my poor little guy is in pain!  I feel so bad for him, he is clearly uncomfortable, his little gum is red and he is at times inconsolable.  It’s so hard for me to stand by with out much of a way to help him.  The hubs keeps reminding me that I went through it, he went through it and so did everyone else with teeth. He also made me admit that I don’t remember one bit of it.  I don’t even remember what it felt like to loose a baby tooth and have an adult tooth grow in it’s place.

I realize that teething is just part of life and that he will survive.  It’s just so hard for me as a mother to stand by and not be able to do much. I have decided that teething teaches, both the baby and the parents, the importance of developing a pain thresh hold. Oliver is developing a physical pain thresh hold, while dad and I are developing an emotional parent pain threshold.  It’s so hard as parent to stand by and see your baby in pain and not be able to fix it, safely and instantly.  It’s hard enough trying to save him from the big scary world,having to figure out how to save him from nature is too much!  I just keep reminding myself that he will forget the pain of teething, and hopefully so will I.

Anyone got any great tips for teething?

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