My baby girl is exactly ten months old today!
She is such a great baby. She is reserved and quiet and does her own thing whenever I am busy. I can take her anywhere and not have to worry about bringing entertainment. She is happy to just take in the situation and watch.
Kylee rarely cries. The only time she really gets worked up is when she is hungry. We joke that she goes from 0 – pissed in seconds when she is hungry. To avoid any meltdowns I know to be prepared when meal time is near. If I am on top of my game we can go all day without a single cry; but the food needs to be ready at a moment’s notice.
Over the last few days Kylee has had moments where she is absolutely un-sootheable and just plain unhappy. That is not my baby. She is usually all giggles and smiles when she makes eye contact with anyone but lately getting the slightest smirk is a challenge.
Then we noticed her top teeth are coming in.
Reece was never a problem during teething. We only knew he had teeth coming in when he chomped down on my finger one day and it hurt. He wasn’t fussy, didn’t spike a temperature and was never restless. One day he didn’t have teeth and the next, he did.
When Kylee’s bottom two broke through the gums she was a little fussier than normal but nothing crazy. I was stoked! I figured both my kids were teething champs! I knew she still had a mouthful of teeth to come but if the first two were any example of what to expect, she, like Reece, was going to breeze right through this. Jeeze, was I wrong!
Yesterday was the worst! She is usually a great sleeper, but she wouldn’t sleep. She usually will play by herself, but I had to be within her eyesight at all times. She usually loves to be held, but she would wiggle and push off of me. All of my usual tricks were useless. I resorted to a baby painkiller and within an hour she finally slept. When she woke up -after what turned out to be a decent nap- she was better but nowhere near my happy baby girl. She was pitiful.
Today she seems to be more like her normal self and I have been walking on eggshells to keep it that way. We’ve done some of her favorite things –shopping, acrobatics, tickle fests, playing with pots, pans, and plates- and I am proud to report we haven’t had any total meltdowns, just a few mini ones.
I know moms all over the world have been suffering through teething since the dawn of time but one of the highlights of my day yesterday was commiserating with another mom whose daughter is the same age as Kylee. Her daughter was just as grumpy as mine and she and I sat on a park bench comparing the craziness of the last 24 hours as we held the girls and our older two played. Sometimes misery needs company so that conversation came at just the right time.
With today being her ten-months birthday I am counting my lucky stars that the first bout of grumpiness took so long and is quite manageable. I will admit that I my appearance has taken a hit and that it was past lunchtime before I changed out of my jammies but we are getting by. Soon Kylee will have a beautiful smile of glistening white teeth and she will be my happy girl again. Until then, you can find me walking circles around my house with Kylee in my arms and earplugs in my ears.