Saturday, July 10, 2010

Nursing, Teething, and the Robo-Spider

I haven't had the opportunity to get on this past week, Baby Girl has been crabbers extraordinaire for the past week or so. I took her to the Ped on Friday and she confirmed what I was already thinking. More Teething.....poor baby. I have been checking her gums for the past 2 weeks, I just had a feeling. Yesterday she happened to open her mouth just right for me to see, and sure enough she had a lump on the lower right side, I found one on the left as well, I can only assume these are the cause of her fussiness. At first I panicked a bit because I didn't understand why they were poking so far out, not up, out. They seem to be bothering her pretty badly, I feel terrible. She got her first two bottom teeth last month, and I always thought/heard that after the bottom came the top two and so on. I was wrong. 

Nursing a teething child, especially one who is teething and already has teeth, is an exercise in patience to say the least. My poor baby, I hate that I can't do much to take the pain away. I would take on this pain for her in a heartbeat for her if I could, but I have to tell you, the nipple-biting has got to stop! Lol It is ridiculously painful, she gummed on them once or twice, I think it was just an exploratory thing. I pulled back and told her no, not wanting her to get into the habit of biting. I knew then that her teeth weren't far and I definitely wanted to nip that in the bud. Once her two little bottom teeth came in she again did the exploratory "what will happen if..." and I pulled back and told her no. Yeah not so much, she freaked. For the rest of that day she would be nursing, look up at me, and then bite down. It was like she was trying to get a point across. As bad as it hurt I had to bite down to keep from cracking up at what a little devil she just was. I gave her one more chance, she bit me, so I didn't nurse her for the rest of the day. Before I start getting emails about starving my kid, she takes a bottle as well, so that's what we did. After that we made it a week with no biting, and then of course she had to test the boundary again. It has happened a few more times, always with the same result, I stop nursing her and she stops biting for a while. Not a perfect solution but it was the best I could come up with.

On a completely unrelated note, I have got to tell you about this spider I saw the other day. Let me first say, I am absolutely terrified of spiders. Over the years I have managed to calm a little bit. I understand that they are not all poisonous(though that's not the issue), and I have become much more tolerant of the skinny, baby looking ones. On the other hand, when one of the big, spindly, hairy ones comes crawling up I holler like I am on fire and take off. So here is my quandary, I have a kid and apparently the need to protect completely over-rides my self-preservation instincts. We were sitting on the front porch, planting flowers when the mack daddy, or momma I guess I should say, of spiders comes crawling out of the flower bed. I mean this sucker literally dug it's way out of the dirt and started coming my way, I freaked. This thing was not only so hugimongous I had to make up a word to describe it, lol, but it was also carrying this mammoth egg sack on it's back. GROSS!!!!!!! My daughter is playing next to me, and all I can think is if I don't kill it, it's going to get her. Yea, yea over-dramatic I know, phobia is definitely not a rational state of being. Anyway, I did something that I have never been capable of doing. I broke out of the paralyzing state of terror I was in, and beat the shit out of that thing with the little garden shovel I had. OH YEAH, I'm bad!! Once I felt sure that I had killed it, I grabbed Baby Girl and stood up to go inside, tell me I didn't look down and see that spider flip me off before hobbling off into the grass. but seriously, the damn thing wasn't dead. I still can't imagine how it survived. So that was my excitement for the week. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!!

1 comment:

  1. I can totally relate to the spider phobia. Those, snakes, and frogs/toads creep me out. Being the single mm now I know when I see a spider I have to take care of it and it is still hard for me to get close enough to get them if they look even a little scary, for that the vacuum has become my best friend. I have vacuumed up many a spider and then throw the trash out immediately. (Since my darling cousin put a thought in my head that the damn thing was going to crawl back out)Even my 5yr old will either freak out with me or just laugh at me and tell me to go get it.


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