Wednesday, August 26, 2009

umm, hello out there?

I had grand intentions of posting several times over the course of the last month, and that obviously didn't happen. So settle in and this will be one giant ketchup (get it, catch up - ketchup?? ha! :) post

SO. July ended without much fanfare and we were ready for August! Little did we know August would be The Month of the Teeth.

To be completely honest? Teething is horrible. It's worse than I ever imagined it would be. I mean you have this 5 month old infant who is normally completely calm, and all of a sudden he's cranky times 1,000 and you know why but you don't know if what you're doing to fix it is doing any good because, oh, he can't talk.

It started with B being a teeny bit fussier than normal one evening, but we thought he was overly tired. He slept while I held him and Joey and I watched TV. We headed to bed and normally we just whisper good night, give him a kiss, turn on his seahorse, and lay him in his crib and he's either already asleep or drifts off to sleep on his own. That night he was not. having. it. He only wanted to be held. He was kind of warmish, but had no fever to speak of. He'd had a really dry, raspy cough for a few days but it wasn't bad enough to be alarming. His gums were swollen as they had been for several weeks so we gave him tylenol for teething and waited for it to kick in.

It didn't kick in.

He was clingy and uncomfortable, and eventually B heaved his cookies (well not literal cookies, but you know what I mean) all over me, Joey, our bed, the floor, narrowly missing our dogs. He still was not running a fever, but he was being weird and lethargic. We contemplated just taking him to the emergency room (it was 11pm) but decided to wait it out and see how the night went. Finally we got some pedialyte in him and he started to perk up.

The next morning? He was all smiles and was drinking normal bottles like a champ. Around noon I checked his temp and it was up to 101.3 (yikes). Our ped. decided he wanted to see B-man because of the fever/vomiting/dry cough combo.

Waiting on the doc, aka: do I look sick to you??:

And thankfully everything was fine at his appointment. And the chunker weighed 19 lbs. 5 oz. (at 5 months, 1 day old). Our doc said he'd let a fever run to 101 with teething but no higher. And by the time of our appt it was down to 100.1. At the appointment we noticed there was a tiny white dot on his gums where his tooth was finally starting to show itself.

Wednesday - Friday nights he was up every 2 hours all night just wanting some relief. Thank the Good Lord for Hyland's Teething Tablets - someone recommended these tiny tabs of goodness to us and THEY ARE AMAZING. We can only do Tylenol every 4 hours, so the tablets were perfect for the off-times when no amount of cuddling calms him down.

We're not sure if the vomiting was due to a virus or if it was just a symptom of the teething, which our pediatrician says is possible in a very small minority of teething infants. I personally tend to think it was teething-related as he's had no other symptoms of being sick. Finally Saturday, the tooth for the most part broke the gums. Lucky for us, tooth #2 is right behind it.

See the little white pearl of dread on his gums? It's actually a real tooth now, this pic is a few weeks old.
the culprit

It would seem that the second tooth is on its way because we still have a lot of this:
teething symptom #27

We've been hanging out with lots of family this summer, and he learned how to blow raspberries.

We also wear our Halloween jammies now because they fit, and in 2 more months they won't. So we pretend it's Halloween a few nights a week:
i wear my halloween jammies in july...

i love my tree!!

While in his high chair, he ALWAYS has his foot kicked up on the tray. Cracks me up every time.
always has his foot kicked up here

And we started rice cereal this month also! We're practicing with it for a few weeks until he gets it down pat. Ready for the good stuff:
ready for the good stuff!

The pics all looked like this:
glob glob glob

But rather than take my word for it, I'll let you see for yourself:

We're probably going to start with real food this weekend - sweet potatoes I think. I've actually been making some of our own baby food. I know, I know. It's not that I'm opposed to the little jars of goodness, it's that they're SO expensive, and making our own is really cheap. Plus I know where the food is coming from. I just made sweet potatoes and yellow squash last night, see:

We just store them in freezer zippie bags and then we'll pull them out and thaw them when we're ready for B to eat them. Don't get me wrong, when we travel I'm sure we'll just do jars. But every little bit helps, right?

What else have we been up to?
cabana boys

and being the smartest baby ever!
problem solver