Monday, March 29, 2010

The Wolf is Back

Last night was really rough, like testing my motherhood rough. We think Gus is teething. We thought he was two months ago, but alas, no teeth, so while I feel like I’m crying wolf every time I say it, if it’s not teeth, WHAT IS GOING ON little boy?! He was up fussing and crying like half the night, and that is not an exaggeration. He went to bed SO GOOD at around 8:00, and per usual, woke up to be fed around 10:30 when we were heading to bed. He fell asleep nursing, I plopped him in his crib, and then not 3 minutes later he was awake and screaming. So I went in, rubbed his tummy, tried to console him, and not until after I picked him up and rocked him for a few minutes did he fall asleep. So I put him in his crib again, and he’s awake immediately. Wash, rinse, repeat. I’ve been trying to help him learn to put himself to sleep, so I tried that. I sat on the floor of his room while he fussed, squirmed, and pulled out his pacifier, and when it turned to screaming after 30 minutes, I finally just picked him up again and tried to console him. He wanted none of that. He also wanted none of the boob. He was ok snuggling in bed with Dan and me for a bit, but then was pissed again. I don’t know when he finally agreed to just take the boob already, but he did, and he calmed down. Then I gave him some Tylenol, swaddled him up, bounced him around until he was asleep, and put him in his crib. He slept for a whole hour and a half, and I think that was the longest stretch of sleep I got the entire night.

The rest of the night was more of the same. By around 5:00 AM he was seemingly ready to be up for the day, refused nursing, and screamed until I put him in his crib and turned on the dream screen, which kept him happy for 10 minutes. Dan got up for work at 5:20, just in time to bring me my sad little baby. We just sat awake in bed for about 40 minutes, he played a little, fussed a lot. I got him a cold rag to suck on, he pretty much threw it back at me. Dan came up to kiss us goodbye at about 6:00, and found me with bleary eyes, spirit broken, holding my son, desperately wandering around his room trying to get him to go to sleep. And I just broke down sobbing. I can’t describe it, but being that tired, that frustrated, that early in the morning, something just came over me. I felt hopeless, alone, and also just so sad that my baby was clearly so unhappy, and there was seemingly nothing I could do about it.

Needless to say, Dan took Gus and got him to sleep, and went off to work about 20 minutes later than usual. And I got 2 glorious hours of sleep, in bed, alone. Those two hours and the coffee I had when I woke up are the only reasons I am able to function this morning.

Tomorrow I have to work, so if we are in for another night like the last, (which I am totally anticipating because if he is in fact teething I’ve heard it’s usually 3 or 4 similar nights before that tooth finally pushes through), then Dan and I are switching off. The other alternative ends with me spontaneously combusting.

So anyone have any good, natural (is that asking too much?) teething remedies, or is the best advice to just stick it out?


Mandy said...

We used the wash cloth trick - got it wet and put it in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes so it got good and cold but if he throws it back at you that won't help much! I guess sticking it out is the way to go, you are an amazing strong mom and you can do it. Sleep today while he sleeps (if he sleeps today) and hopefully that tooth will pop through very soon so you can all get some much needed peaceful nights!

Betsy said...

OMG we are going through the same thing with Isla! It started right when her tooth became visable and it hasn't stopped yet :( Hang in there! It HAS to get better (that is my current midnight-2am chant). We've been putting some pacifiers in the freezer for her to chew on. She still doesn't actually suck on a paci, but she likes chomping on the coolness and it is the perfect little size for her mouth. I've heard the washcloth thing works well too! We've been using tylonol once a night, but I don't want to get too dependent on it, but I'm not sure what else to do.

I'm sending good thoughts your way and hoping you don't spontaneously combust.

Lisa said...

Oh, buddy, I can only imagine how frustrating that would be. Teething has got to be terrible!

I'll pray that he gets through it quickly and starts to find your remedies soothing/comforting.

Oh, and please don't spontaneously combust.

Angela said...

Having known you forever and seeing you as a mom, I can honestly say that there is nothing you want to do that you cannot do. Keep up the good work!

Freckles said...

I know you can do it lady!! I don't have any advice but I'm wishing Gus a fast and smooth tooth popping!

Erin said...

Ugh, so NOT looking forward to this stage at all!

Thanks so much for your comments on my blog - I really appreciate hearing that other women have felt the same way I do :)

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Baby Mama said...

That sounds awful. I wish I had some advice, but I don't. MJ has been teething this week, and the only thing that has gotten us through is the fact that my MIL is in town and able to help watch her. Just know it's nothing you're doing wrong. Any chance it's somethng else, like an ear infection?