The Next Tooth

Poor Rerun.

Tooth #4 has finally broken through, but getting these top teeth in has been a long and painful process.

For one thing, he’s constantly feverish.  Tylenol has been our friend.

Second, his gums just swell up like mad to the point where he won’t let me touch them.  Then he tries to teethe on hard things – like the step stool in the kitchen that he likes to pull up on, for instance – and then when he bites down hard, it hurts and he makes his gums bleed.  I picked him up last night before I realized that he had bloody gums again, and he promptly buried his face in my shoulder and BIT DOWN.  Ane commented that the resulting blood stain looked like a footprint.  Tad thought I’d gotten paint on myself.  I thought it looked like a vampire with bad aim had come after me.

Fortunately, I know how to take blood stains out.  Ammonia.  Not a problem.

Third, he uses a pacifier to help him settle down at night.  This is both a blessing and a curse.  He wants the comfort of sucking, but there’s just enough swelling that it doesn’t feel quite right.

Tylenol to the rescue… again.

And unfortunately, the boys are not doing as well as they once were in the same room.  If Rerun cries, Tad complains that it’s too loud.  If Tad’s awake and Rerun’s asleep, he makes just enough noise to wake him.  And we’re pretty sure that on Sunday night, Tad – who had fallen asleep insanely early and gone to bed – woke up and then woke Rerun up, either for the “misery loves company” angle, or the “get my parents’ attention” angle.

It made for a very long night.

So many things have blurred together, but I know that these current teething and sleep battles are only made more difficult by having the boys share the same room.  Nothing can be done about that now – and Tad is, ironically, the heavier sleeper once he is asleep, so putting Rerun in Ane’s room won’t really help that issue.

Once we can get a bit of a teething break, I’m sure that things will be a little easier for all of us.

3 Responses to “The Next Tooth”

  1. Ressis
    December 7th, 2010 10:05

    We feel your pain with the shared room thing. Little Cousin and Baby Cousin will keep each other up, tattle on each other, or we get the occasional “shut up!” from one of them. There will be good nights and bad nights.

  2. Nana
    December 7th, 2010 11:21

    Poor little vampire! Hang in there, guys. This too shall pass.

  3. Aunt Mary
    December 7th, 2010 16:05

    Poor baby (and mom and dad).