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Our little guy has begun the teething journey! On the one hand, this is exciting, on the other not quite as much. I’ll start off by admitting that I didn’t want to believe it, I thought to myself, “he’s not going to start teething around 4 months, no way!” I was wrong. I’d like to say that I didn’t think he’d do it because it’s not all that common, although I know this isn’t true. Honestly, I wanted to deny him beginning to teethe. I wanted to deny this for a few reasons.
First, the beginning of his teething journey of course means that he is definitely growing up. As any mother/parent, sometimes I don’t want my baby to grow up. I didn’t think a child of mine growing up would affect me in this way, but alas it does! I mean, he’s already been here playing and learning with us for 4.5 months. That’s 15.5 weeks or 138 days, as of today! Comparatively, he’s been out of the womb for more than 1/3 of the time he was in. He’s so much bigger, stronger, and smarter for which we feel blessed and encouraged. Nonetheless though, it’s difficult to see your little one grow. He’s so big and strong that sometimes I can nurse him sitting up beside me. The walker/bouncer we were going to purchase he’s practically outgrown before we could buy it, since it has a 25lb. weight limit and he’s already 20lbs. He also has to wear mostly 6 month clothing, since 3 month clothing doesn’t fit him well. I mean, he’s a huge little guy, just check out this picture.
I’m also honestly a bit anxious about him getting teeth because I just don’t want to be bitten. I don’t foresee no longer breastfeeding simply because he has teeth, I do not want to be bitten with those sharp baby teeth he will have. I mean, he’s already a voracious eater, who beats me up and is also easily distracted. At the same time though, once he gets some teeth he’ll really want to try eating food and I don’t yet really know how I feel about that. I know he’s getting close, because he’s highly interested in everything we eat or drink.At times I really enjoy our breastfeeding relationship and his eating solids signifies a change in that relationship. Since we’re going to do baby-led weaning, I know he’ll continue to get all that he needs nutritionally between nursing and any solids he ingests. This doesn’t mean that I look forward to him having teeth. (here’s a good post on Baby-led weaning from Nourished Kitchen)
Then there’s the whole child-in-pain business that comes along with teething. No parent enjoys seeing or knowing that their child is in pain and there’s not much that can be done about it. I did recently learn about Amber beads, so we’re going to give them a shot. Of course, breastfeeding aids in comforting a baby who’s teething as well. There’s the drool that also accompanies teething, which isn’t much fun. Ever been playing with a baby and they drool in your eye or mouth? Enough said.
Oh, and did I mention that teething usually takes about 2 years off and on? This means, night wakings because their mouth/gums hurt, in case you didn’t know. No one is looking forward to that! Our son already doesn’t much like to go to bed unless everyone else is also going to bed! Since neither Hun nor I are early bed-ers, this usually means baby is up being fussy and generally ornery while we’re trying to do work or just have a few minutes with each other or to ourselves.
Besides the beginning of our family’s teething journey, Baby has also decided that he doesn’t much mind pooping on the couch! The first time it happened we were attempting to pack for our move this past weekend. But, it happened again today! Baby was sitting on the couch just playing and generally entertaining himself, when he needed to go. Well, his poop is so explosive it came out of the top of his diaper, onto his back, the couch, and the middle back of his diaper! How I wonder is this possible? My only assumption is that since he’s in somewhat of an in-between stage with his diapers, such that he’s butt-crack nations at times, this is what happens when he’s sitting. But, this picture is the best description of what it’s like for him when he’s done his doo!
In case the humor of Baby pooping on the couch has escaped you, let me highlight that while we were cleaning up both Baby and the couch, Hun placed a couch pillow in a precarious position on top of other items and then proceeded to get baby poop all over his leg as he walked by said precariously placed couch pillow. So, not only did we get to crack up at Baby for pooping all over the couch, thinking it was funny, and generally being pleased with himself. <em>I</em> had the opportunity to also laugh at Hun for getting baby poop all over his leg!