Thursday, June 07, 2007

Too tired to appreciate the irony

I am really annoyed by the way this blog looks. If only I had time to fiddle with it. But, this is very low on my list of priorities at the moment.

Number 1? Sleep. It's has not been cards lately. After a week of comfortably sleeping in his crib, Sam has gone on strike. He'll sleep the first 2 to 3 hours there, but once he wakes up, it's the last place he's willing to go. I'll nurse him, he'll be on the verge of sleep, but the moment I lower him towards the mattress, he arches his back and begins to wail. If, by chance, he does go to sleep, it lasts about 20 minutes. And he cries until I lift him out. He'll fall asleep on my shoulder, but I can't put him back down in the crib, or it all starts again. We must of gone through this 20 times last night. At around 4:30 the birds started chirping, so he came to bed with me. I figure I got about 3-4 hours.

Pretty sure it's due to his teeth. At least I hope that's what it is. If not, I better figure it out soon. It's been a month since the bottom ones came in, so we're even a little behind schedule for the upper ones. And these top suckers are really doing a number on us. After last nights freak out, I was sure we would wake up this morning to little slits or some sign that they were on their way...but no. Nothing. Nothing but drooling, crying, finger sucking, lip smacking, and now a refusal to take a nap. Pretty much every sign except any evidence of actual teeth.

What's the worst is that the few mom's I know didn't have this trouble with teething. I know every baby is different, but not having someone reassuringly commiserate with "Oh yeah, teething was the WORST. Thank god that's over." is rough. Instead it seems like no one sympathizes. It's all "Oh, we thought she had a cold! Isn't that funny?! One day she had a runny nose, the next she had teeth!" Yeah, hilarious. No what I want to hear. I don't care if it's true. Note to Moms out there: When a new Mom comes to you complaining about something, needing reassurance that what is happening is normal, give her a horror story, not how you were "lucky" and "didn't have to go through that." Even if you baby never cried, slept though the night since emerging from the womb, and giggled as his teeth came in...I'm in no mood to hear how perfect your sleep cycles are. I'm tired and bitchy, and misery loves...excuse me needs some company.

God I need a nap. Not happening. Baby is too tired to take a nap.


amy. said...

Oh mama, I REMEMBER that! Trust me, you are not alone. Henry went through it for months. It sucks. And all the frozen washcloths in the world didn't help us, we just had to go through it and come out the other side. When we are there I will be MORE than happy to take Samalama whenever you want me to so you can sleep. Pinky swear. I am convinced that Henry being such a persnickity baby set him up for being a pretty dern chilled out and fun to be around toddler. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, even if it looks like a pinprick right now. You'll sleep again, I promise.

KL said...

Thanks Amy! Just what I needed to hear. I would count myself lucky if Sam came out as cool as Henry. I actually talked to your mom earlier and she said the same thing about Jay. And I suppose he came out ok...:-) Sam has some good's just with the cute and awesome comes the attack of the killer choppers! I just hope I don't find him arranging all his toys in right angles in his crib tomorrow...

hokie99cpe said...

Hey there... yeah, I remember the teething. It was not fun for us either time... and now we're getting ready to go through it for a 3rd (and final) time. Personally, I'd prefer to blend up her food for the rest of her life than go through the teething thing again... OK, not quite, but not far off either. :)

Go Hokies!

rockergirrl said...

yup me too. Sal went through it also. didn't sleep through the night until he was 18-20 months old. I thought I was in hell. There is a light at the end. Now he sleeps like a rock (knocking on wood as I type) unless he gets sick or something. Have you tried Hylands teething tablets by any chance? they saved me.