I can only attest to a few of the millions of reasons why teething sucks but these are my top reasons why teething is no friend of mine.
1. Sleep? What sleep? Those teeth must decide to get up and party several times a night because there is NO sleeping going on in THAT room of the house. Not only does the teeth decide to wake up but they want to extend that party into the wee hours of the morning leaving mom feeling like she stayed up late partying but in reality spent those hours getting yelled at. I'm not sure about you but that is not my idea of fun.
2. Remember the awful witching hour from the tiny baby days? It comes back with a vengeance. Don't expect to get anything accomplished or contain any sanity from ooh 530-7:30 (lately 7:30 is bedtime here.)
Actually our night goes like this:
Brady screams at me. Hold his arms up to be picked up.
He screams at me because I picked him up.
I put him down.
He screams at me because I put him down.
He wants milk.
He screams at me because I give him milk.
He wants to lay on the couch at a 45 degree angle with his milk.
He screams at me for making him lay down.
Try to distract him with funny faces and fun toys.
Brady screams louder.
Bring out our friend Motrin.
Rinse and repeat until bedtime.
3. I can't even talk about this without cringing myself. Teeth grinding. Brady does it SO loudly that I can hear it across the room. I cringe. He laughs and does it again.
If you see a mom running down the streets screaming, that might just be me.
4. Tantrums. This side effect can happen at anytime or place and spare no dignity. Your kid wants to play with knives or throw canned good sat the cat and while you might not see that as a good idea, he on the other hand is quite pissed you took it away. Other things that can increase the chances of being yelled...well, just go back to #2.
Teething just adds extra oomph to the tantrums. They get louder, bigger and extra flops are added to really make you crazy.
Yep. I'm pretty sure that these kids have their own blogs, toddlerbook, or some telepathic course that causes them to secretly plot against us.
I swear that Brady high-fived a kid at Target the other day but then again, I might be a bit delusional from lack of sleep and the constant sound of tiny teeth grinding.