Meet first-time mom starburst1680. She's sharing the roller coaster ride of her first year of motherhood. Check back every week for all the emotion and exhaustion -- right up until Kathryn Grace's first birthday.
My poor little girl has been teething off and on all week. Tuesday night her gums even started bleeding. They weren't bleeding much -- I only noticed because she was chewing on a cool, wet wash cloth and I saw some light red spots on it. I called the 24-hour nurse line and they said that was normal. She wasn't acting like she was in any more pain than usual.
She has actually been handling teething pretty well. She gets fussy and, if it's naptime, sometimes has a hard time falling asleep if they're hurting her. When her teeth really hurt, she also doesn't drink as much formula but she still eats plenty of solid foods. I worry about that a little but since she's right in the middle of the growth curves and her decreased appetite only lasts a few days at a time, if that, I'm sure she'll be just fine.
Since some of the pain from teething is because of swelling, I also went out and bought some infant ibuprofen this week. We had Motrin (which is the same thing) but it was affected by the recall a few weeks ago. So far the ibuprofen seems to help a lot! I wish I had thought to get that sooner.
This week Kathryn also got to meet her great-grandparents for the first time. My dad's parents flew in from Texas on Thursday for my sister's graduation. Kathryn now has three great-grandmothers and two great-grandfathers living (it was all four great-grandmothers until a few weeks ago). At first she wasn't too sure about them but she didn't cry like I thought she might. It took her a few hours to get used to them because of her stranger anxiety, but by the end of the first night, they both got to hold her. Kathryn isn't their first great-grandchild but she's their first great-granddaughter.
Friday we took Kathryn to my sister's graduation at the local stadium. It was Kathryn's first trip to the stadium and it was hot and sunny, but she did really well. I put sunscreen on her face and legs before we left but not her arms because she wasn't in a very good mood. I wasn't expecting the sun to be on us anyway. When we got there though it definitely was. It was a good thing I brought a sweater to cover her arms. She played for a little bit and then I took her up the stairs to the covered part where they would normally sell concessions to cool down. When we got back to our seats, she even took a little nap in my arms. All in all a very successful trip.
Is your baby teething yet? What do you do to help her with the pain?
(We're celebrating starburst1680's first year with baby, so thanks for keeping your judgments about parenting choices to yourself!)
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