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Get lost Tooth Fairy

Teething isn’t the most fun experience for children or parents. Most people, whether they have kids or not, know this. But, what nobody told me was that once teething starts, IT DOESN’T STOP. Okay, maybe I’m being a little dramatic but my daughter has cut five teeth in the last two months, and four of those were molars. So please forgive me.

To the childless, or those who have children that haven’t started teething yet, it’s hard to comprehend what this mean. Think, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

My child is generally very well natured and is happy to play on her own. But when she’s getting a tooth, watch out! She’s crying one minute, giggling the next, giving me kisses and then pushing me away—and all four of these actions happen within a three minute time span. She wants to be picked up, she wants down, she want up, she wants down.

And what’s worse, I have NO IDEA what sets any of these things off. It’s like some evil tooth fairy came and sprinkled cranky dust all over her.

Oh and sleeping, forget it. We had finally got to a stage where she was sleeping through the night consistently. Just as we were all getting comfortable with this new-found habit, BANG, along comes molar number one and we’re back to getting up at least once a night.

Is this nature’s way of preparing parents for when their kids are teenagers?

Annnddddd, rant over.

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It’s because I’m awesome

Prior to mommyhood, I never gave sleep a second thought. I never really needed a whole lot. Even as a teenager I wasn’t one to sleep in until all hours of the day on a regular basis. But now, I realize just what a precious thing sleep is.

At six months old my little darling still is not sleeping through the night. She’ll give me three and half to five hours of sleep in a row but that’s about it, and even that isn’t on a regular basis. Sleep has been the topic of many conversations at my play dates and mommy groups and everyone seems to have a different opinion of what it is that gets a child to sleep through the night.

“They’ll do it when they are ready,” say some. “They need to learn to self sooth,” say others. Pick them up, don’t pick them up,  let them cry, don’t let them cry, don’t rock, do swaddle –anyone who’s ever had a baby seems to have a book about how to put your kid to sleep. (And I feel like I’ve read them all.)

What I’ve learned is, each of these “proven” techniques don’t work on every baby and it’s also not my fault she isn’t sleeping. I’ve come to the conclusion that yes, I can help her  by making sure she’s fed, is dry, and has the right environment but I can’t actually make her stay asleep. That part is up to her.

Some parents are lucky and their kids seem to figure it out early on. Other parents have to go a while longer before they are getting a full night of shut eye. If you’re in my camp, I just drum it up to the fact that my kid loves me so much she just wants to hang out with me all night long. I guess I’m just that awesome. 🙂

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