Thursday, January 17, 2013

The First Tooth

      I have known for a long time that this post was coming. However, teething can take a very long time. They say that a child is teething anywhere from 3 months to two years old. During that time, they are constantly drooling and are having aches and pains on and off. Then, you have heavy teething moments. Usually they are the two weeks of getting an actual tooth. At nine months old, Xavier finally got his two front bottom teeth in, it was around Christmas time. It took me this long to be able to get a decent picture of them, as they come in as nubs. 

    I had been hoping he was teething as the entire month of December, Xavier was miserable. Constantly whining, crying and waking up a lot at night. My happy little man was miserable. I knew it was his teeth because it would come in waves. He would be fine then just start crying. I got some frozen teething rings and would give them to Xavier during the day and he would play and stop and chew on them for a little while which really made me know that it was definitely his teeth. 
   Night time is a whole other issue. He did not have as much distracting him during the night. Even though we tried the Tylenol at night it did not seem to work well. He would wake up a lot and I would just rub his back and settle him down again until he drifted back off to sleep.  His teeth were hurting so much that he even wanted all his food and bottles cold. I still pump breast milk for Xavier, as he has weaned from nursing due to the teething and now he loves his bottles right out of the fridge, cold to help his gums. 
   After a month of teething and about two weeks of a nasty cold. I am so happy to say I have my little man back again. He is having some teething again as there are some top front ones coming in now, but he is much easier to deal with. I think the first ones were the worst. He is so happy and smiling a lot again that I almost forgot what a happy and loving baby he is. It is hard to watch your little one going through pain.  Especially when there is not much you can do to help them, except to just be there for them. Teething is definitely one of those big first struggles you will go through as a new parent. At least at the end of teething you will have a little one with a new toothy grin!

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