For both the babe and for her mamas! Georgia and I have been so lucky when it has come to Gracie’s teething. Back in November we had no idea she had even begun teething until one day two teeth showed up out of nowhere. Since then we’ve been able to manage her teething without medicine or anything at all for that matter because she’s handled it like a champ. Well, that was then and this is now. It appears that our luck has run out. :(
Gracie’s change in temperament began about two weeks ago when we noticed that it was getting more difficult to put her down at night. She was much fussier in the evenings than ever before and was not acting like herself at all. G’s mom let us know that for the past couple of days Grace seemed more agitated in the late afternoons and had begun pulling at her ears quite a bit as well as skipping her mid-day bottle and often her second nap. We feared that the babe was experiencing her first ear infection so following an evening of excessive crying we made an after hours visit to our pediatrician’s office to check things out. Thankfully Gracie’s ears were just fine and her pulling of the ears and screaming were simply a result of teething. We were told to give her baby Tylenol and freeze a few wet washcloths for her to chomp on. The Tylenol helped a great deal but the washcloths were a no go. She looked at me like I was crazy when I tried to get her to chew on one, haha.
The one good thing that came out of our evening doc appointment was that we got to weigh Grace for the first time in months. 20 pounds, 9 ounces and growing!
I don’t know why but I always feel guilty anytime I have to give baby girl Tylenol. Every parent is different but for me, going the medicine route makes me feel like I’m drugging my kid as apposed to finding other means of relief. I know that must sound crazy considering the fact that baby Tylenol is perfectly safe when used in moderation, but for whatever reason I still feel bad doing it. For Valentines Day Gracie’s gift from her mamas was an amber necklace, which is supposed to help with teething. According to the information we received with her necklace, the effect of amber on the human body has been described as among the most powerful and versatile “healing stones”. The etheric oils, which are released through the body’s warmth, have a soothing effect on babies and children’s teething pains. Amber is also valued for its relief of allergies, rashes, eczema and arthritis!
Amber was a suggested remedy for Gracie’s teething by her NICU nurse who we still keep in contact with as well as my friend who is a pediatric nurse and a few of my fellow blogging mamas. I figure that if this many educated women believe in it, it must work! I hope so anyway. She’s been wearing her necklace 24/7 for about a week now so I’m ready for those magical powers to kick in at any time. ;)
My mom came over this weekend to check on Grace and filled us in on a little teething remedy she used when I was a baby. She brought us smoke ribs for lunch (YUM) and when we were finished with a few she told us to give one of the bones to Grace to chew on. Both G and I looked at her perplexed at which point I replied, “Mom, she’s not a dog”! My mom urged that we just do it, so we did and guess what? Grace LOVED it! She chewed on two bones that I had cleaned and you could just see the relief she felt as she went to work on those bones. Thanks ma!
To add insult to injury, I pretty much gave my precious teething baby food poisoning yesterday, which made her spill her cookies twice. It was heartbreaking. For lunch I served Grace some lean turkey meat I purchased less than two weeks ago and a cheese stick. She chowed down and when she was almost finished I snagged a piece of her turkey only to discover that it was sour and had clearly begun to go bad. Unfortunately we realized this too late and the damage was done. She got sick twice and ended up sleeping with us for fear that she would get sick in her crib and possibly choke. G is home with her today and she is perfectly fine now that it is all out of her system.
Now does that sound like a fun-filled weekend or what?! If any of you have teething remedies or helpful tips I would love to hear them. I’m out of ideas and I fear we are just getting started with this teething stuff.