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7 + Signs Of Teething For Dummies

You’d think that 7.5 months into this motherhood thing I’d start to recognize the signs of teething BEFORE a tooth actually cuts.  I mean, my son’s first tooth cut when he was a week into his fifth month of life and his most recent one cut yesterday meaning that six pearly whites have sprouted in less than three months.

You’d think that I wouldn’t connect the mental dots after the fact.  Fact is, though, it seems that my “ah ha, it’s teething!” moments don’t ever come during the precursor signs.

Because there are signs!  And  I always notice them.  Just…not in time.

So, in an effort to try to give myself a head start for the next round of teeth, I thought I’d list the signs of teething that can be found in our household.

1.  Chewing on EVERYTHING he can get his hands on.  And by chewing, I mean, sticking the object (or adult finger) in his mouth, biting down hard and pulling the object away with his jaw still clamped down.

2.  Constantly putting his hands in his mouth when there’s no food or suitable toy.

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3.  Cries his little heart out every time we lie him down on his back.  Seriously.  Every.  Single.  Time.

4.  Clamps down when he nurses.

5.  Wants to nurse all the time.

6.  Fights nighttime sleep as though it was his worst enemy and wakes often during the night.

7.  Will be very whiny unless he is held all the time (but he also wants to play with his toys at the same time).

Of course, this is how things are in our household.  I have, however, heard of other signs of teething which include:

* Excessive drooling (for us, this was a sign for his first teeth, but now that he has more teeth, he doesn’t seem to be drooling as much anymore).

* Fasting (I find that my son wants to nurse more often, not less often.  He also really enjoys eating, notably cold foods).

* Gum swelling and sensitivity (I don’t doubt that my son has this, I just haven’t noticed it).

* Blood blisters

* Tugging on the earlobes

* Loose stools

* Rashes (chin, neck, hands and bum)

Oh!  And for those of you who are wondering, here is a teething timeline.  So far, I’ve found it pretty accurate to determine the order in which the teeth cut (and not the times at which they are supposed to be coming through).

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Source: http://www.orajel.com/Products/TeethingChart.aspx

What are the signs of teething that you noticed with your children?

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Wonder What’s Going On? It’s Probably A Wonder Week…

I’ve been meaning to write about this for a little while now, but have lacked both the time and energy to do so.

You see, for the past month or so, my son has been going through the notorious pre wonder week fussy period.  Much like last time, it lasted a whole month.

Here are a few of the telltale signs that his little brain is about to go through another developmental leap:

  • – Naps and nights were a NIGHT’MARE.  It got so bad that on a few occasions I had to step out of the house for a few moments as he screamed at the top of his lungs (I swear, it was like he was being tortured) to calm down.
  • – He needed to be stuck to me all the time.  I could hardly ever put him down for a few seconds without him getting into a crying fit.
  • – He wanted to be entertained continuously; if I wasn’t chatting with him or letting him in on some fun activity, he would start screaming at me.
  • – Diaper changes reminded me of the time he was a newborn, they were spent with him screaming and kicking and twisting around.

– I started to question my ability as a mother.  This is probably the strongest telltale sign for me.  Every time I’ve started to feel that way in the six months that I’ve had my son, it always turned out to be right before a wonder week.

Of course, though, wonder weeks aren’t all bad as they are a surefire sign that your baby is about to start rocking some awesome new skills.

What awesomeness comes out of wonder week 26?

Here are a few of the things that I’ve observed so far:

  • – He can play with something using both hands.
  • – He grabs a ball that is rolled towards him.
  • – He knocks over containers to see what is inside.
  • – He throws things away (he is actually VERY adept at this now…).
  • – He drops things from his high chair.
  • – He is fascinated with laces, ribbons and the tags on stuffed animals and pieces of clothing.
  • – He observes adult activities.
  • – He pays a lot of attention to smaller details or parts of a toy or other object.
  • – He selects a toy to play with.
  • – He is starting to make connections between actions and words (such as hug, kiss, nap, let’s go).

– He puffs and blows.

What is wonder week 26 exactly?

Well, according to the authors of the book, it is at this moment that babies start to perceive the distance between two objects.  This explains why separation anxiety usually hits shortly after; they understand that their primary caregivers can go away without them.  They also become more adept at understanding relationships by associating a sound to an action or  an action to a consequence.

The best part?

Once the fussy period is over, I get my sweet happy baby back!

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