Monday, April 11, 2011

A reminder

that I might possibly be married to the best guy in the entire universe. Before we had a baby, it was well known that Jeff could sleep hours, if allowed. Typically, he needed 9-10 hrs of sleep a night whereas I could get by on 6-8. He also required regular naps whereas I turned into a beast if I napped. Let me tell you that this man has slept less than me in the last few nights and has possibly helped me keep my sanity. Why? Because our precious, our wonderful, our beautiful (if I put enough adjectives in, I'll forget the raging beast he was in the middle of the night) little boy is possibly teething (I say possibly because really, since he can't speak and tell us, we are just guessing).

What does that mean for our household? The days aren't that bad, we play, we eat (not as well as a week ago though), we nap. But at night? We scream. Why, yes, I said "we" because I believe I might have screamed last night too. He goes down fine the first time, up after 1-2 hrs, then it's a fight to get him back asleep. And it's off and on throughout the night. Ambesol and Tylenol together aren't helping the wee one. So, last night, in desperation, I just laid him down next to me and tried to sleep because getting up out of bed ad walking to the nursery every hour was not working. I think he might have slept for 3 hrs like that but I slept fitfully because I kept expecting him to wake up. And, at 4:30, I was at my wit's end, rocking him, walking with him, trying to feed him, give him his pacifier, anything!!! Nothing was calming him down to the point that I sat in my rocking chair, crying with him. I could hear his pain but I couldn't do anything about it. And, I was exhausted. Jeff walked in and took him from me. I went back to sleep for another hour before my alarm went off and Oli was crying again :(

At this moment, I'll try anything, do anything to have this for at least 4 hrs at a time at night:

So, parents, tell me your remedies, please?


anjuli said...

Is there baby version of ibuprofen? I hate Tylenol. It might help with the swelling/pain. I love the freezing teether idea, I read a lot about it online but, totally forgot about it until I read on your FB.

I'm trying not to think about how it will be for us later this year.

kim said...

infant tylenol or ibuprofen, either one - that worked for my little you can put baby orajel on his gums, that might help

Donik Lamb said...

Orajel PM and the Highland gel... sometimes I have Oliver sleep on top of me...