Teething

Lyramonster has been generally pretty good during her fits of teething discomfort and pain. Sometimes, though, she has fits of inconsolable crying, screaming, and raging. Poor little girl. We can often distract her after a few minutes of these fits, however, which is good for our eardrums. She definitely won’t put up with being anywhere but in someone’s arms when she goes through these fits, which means a lot of high-pitched screaming directly into our ears.

Even now she’s sleeping on my lap and whimpering in her sleep. She wakes up every so often crying, too. It’s worse at night, until she falls into a deeper sleep, at which point she’s out for the night thankfully. Also, nursing helps her calm down pretty quickly.

Since she’s been so completely not cranky up until this point, these little fits are weird to us in a way. We’re handling them fine I think, and they haven’t been all that bad – just occasional outbursts that end quickly enough and return our little giggly monstergirl to us in no time. We’re lucky, and we know it. I just feel bad for her being so unhappy, even if she does recover quickly. Now that her second tooth is coming in, she’s been more cranky than with the first. Maybe the second coming in so soon after the first means she’ll have them all come in relatively quickly and we’ll be done with teething, who knows?

Lyra’s nearing the six month mark. That’s half a year. That is crazy.

3 Comments

  • cato

    January 5, 2009 at 5:54 am

    when i was teething, my mom got some funny teething ring and would freeze it and let me chomp on it. she also would freeze peach slices and melon maybe and let me gnaw at them. the cold helps numb the gums and keeps the inflammation down so there is less throbbing.

    ps. i watched the video of her laughing like 4x. i loved it.

  • lurker

    January 5, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Anne Marie has just started teething too. Apparently my family teeths early. Unfortunately for Anne Marie, all the teething toys I can find are for infants around 6 months old. Anne Marie can’t grip them very well to use them. 🙁

    I hope Lyra gets through this stage soon. It’s heartbreaking to hear Anne Marie in pain, I’m sure it’s the same for you and Lyra. =/

  • ladykutenay

    January 5, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    My daughter started having teething pains arounf 4 months (and she’s now almost 9 months with no teeth!) and I had the same problem with teething toys. What worked really well for us was soaking a cloth in water and putting it in the freezer until it was really cold but still flexible. She could hold onto that much better than any of the rings.