have mercy

Parenthood is a constant roller-coaster ride, and often quite humbling. YOU CANNOT GET COCKY. One day, you’re gushing about how wonderful your baby is, how well she sleeps, and your pre-parenthood fears of lack of sleep have been put to rest.

A few days later, you’re driving her around in the car at 1AM in a strange neighborhood, in the very very cold wind and rain, while visiting your friends 2 hours away from home, trying to get her to go back to sleep after over an hour of screaming, because you stupidly woke her up by trying to fill the air mattress with a hair dryer.

Also, and maybe related: WE HATE TEETHING.

So yes, in a nutshell, these past few days have been very rough. Since Friday afternoon, Maggie has been whining and fussing. The only times when she hasn’t been whining are when she’s eating, sleeping, or we are entertaining her. It seems that as long as we’re distracting her from the pain in her mouth, she’s okay. Which is why my quads are sore tonight, from the 20 minutes of non-stop dancing we did around the living room earlier today to her Little People Disco Dance Party Mix (which she LOVES!) But the sore legs? TOTALLY WORTH TWENTY MINUTES OF SMILES AND NON-WHINING SOUNDS FROM THE BABY. We’ve tried everything- Tylenol, Baby Orajel, cold teething rings, cold/wet rags, teething biscuits. They all work for 5 seconds. Maybe.

Last night at my friend’s house, it wouldn’t have been so bad, except after we finally got her to sleep from the car driving, my allergies decided to act up and my sinuses exploded. I spent the next 2 hours trying to breathe through an opening in my nose that was smaller than a coffee stirrer. I tried breathing through my mouth, but I kept waking up. I’m a nose-breather, 100%. I finally fell asleep around 3 I think… and Maggie woke up before 7.

She is sleeping now. We are hoping that we get more than 4 hours of sleep tonight. We are also hoping for teeth. If not tomorrow, SOON. Please. Good Lord, please.


  1. Alicia

    October 28, 2007 11:29 pm

    Oh my gosh, I’m totally a nose breather too. I hate getting colds because I can NOT breathe through my mouth. My hubby, on the other hand, ONLY breathes through his mouth, all the time, and it is so loud and drives me c-r-a-z-y!

  2. Jane

    October 29, 2007 6:46 am

    not looking forward to teeth at all… but I am looking forward to checking out that disco cd!

  3. Sunshine

    October 29, 2007 9:05 am

    We’re looking forward to this fun here in a month or two! I am not excited about it. I have no great suggestions – just the encouragement that eventually they have all their teeth!!

  4. mel

    October 29, 2007 2:51 pm

    i hope you all get a full night of sleep soon. :)

  5. Leslie

    October 29, 2007 3:18 pm

    Love the new look… pretty!!

    The only thing thats been helping the teething at our house is the mesh baby feeders, with an ice cube in them.. Seriously she loves it and keeps her busy for a long time. Give it a shot.. it might buy you some not screaming time.. I dunno??? The handle doesn’t get cold, which is why our girl hates teething rings and washclothes.. we are way to persnickety.. to touch cold things.. sighhhh.. GOOD LUCK!

    I strip her down in her diaper lay her on a towel and its one big mess.. but worth it.

  6. Julie

    October 29, 2007 4:21 pm

    Good luck with the sleeping. The teething will go in spurts until the tooth is completely in. Sorry, I know that’s not what you’re wanting to hear. However, once they pop through the gum, the worst is over. Braden was lucky, he got two or more teeth in at a time and a lot of times he would get four in at a time. Except the time when he got 6 in all in one week. Thankfully, he never really got too fussy.

    I just always made sure to medicate around the clock when he was teething for a day or two.

  7. Claire

    October 30, 2007 6:47 pm

    Awww, poor Maggie! Poor Jen, too! I have to say though, I have been getting my wisdom teeth gradually over the past three years or so now – and I have felt really grotty as they have made their way down through my jaw (if that’s what they do?!) on their way to burst through my gums. So, really, I can identify why babies get so upset about the whole thing! It’s not too great.

    Hope th pain is all over soon enough!

    It’s also great to see you back blogging! Plus, great job so far with the baby weight loss! xxxxx

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