Thursday, March 29, 2012

Teething


I am writing this in a very sleep-deprived state. The past few nights have been rough and I finally know why: Rafael's first tooth made it's appearance this morning. And we are both exhausted! 

He was whiney and clingy all day. I tried meeting other mommy friends at a cafè for a change of pace but he was screaming and crying for most of it. When we got home he nursed and slept. I keep hoping he isn't in too much pain. I give him homeopathic globulis and a numbing gel. 

It's amazing to slide my finger along his bottom gum and feel that tiny sharp edge of a tooth poking out where there used to be smooth skin. My little baby is growing up!

I know this must sound clichè, but even on the toughest, most tiring days, there are moments of pure loving bliss. Here we are, in one such moment, on the sunny terrace.


I'm off to bed now, wondering how the night will be. But knowing that, even if I hardly get a wink of sleep, in the morning the light will filter through the window onto my baby's face, and I will look at his cheeks and eyes and tiny button nose, and remember that he is the miracle that I longed for with all my might. And he'll look at me, and recognize me, and need me and love me. And that makes up for all the lost sleep. 

There will be plenty of time to sleep later in life. 

xoxoxo

6 comments:

  1. When they are little and sick or in pain, that is the worst. We used over-the-counter pain medicine made for babies. I know they get a bad rap in some circles because parents don't measure them properly and then things go wrong. What kind of parent doesn't check, check, and re-check the proper dosage level for their child? Crazy.

    Your last paragraph is so sweet and so true!

    Elise

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  2. Like Elise, I heartily agree with the last paragraph, especially.

    I am a mom of 3 adults, so yes the time for sleep does return! My "baby" turns 26 next Monday - and she is visiting us from the States for a few weeks. Sometimes when I'm tempted to be mommy to her,I need to remind myself that she needs me in different ways now, and it's all good.

    I'm grateful, truly, for my empty nest and this special time with my husband (and my doggy :-) But in a moment I can reflect and remember those days when all 3 of my children needed me for everything (OFTEN all at the same time!) and I recall how truly special those days were. Exhausting yes, but sweet and very satisfying.

    Thank you for these glimpses of your life.

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  3. Thank you both so much for your visit, and your kind words. :)

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  4. I remember those teething days as they were not too long ago. Here is to a good night's sleep for the both of you!

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  5. It can be tough to have those sleepless nights but you look so pretty! And Rafael is really a beautiful baby boy. Take care!
    Love,
    Kay

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  6. Oh what a sweet little angel he is! Sorry he is teething..but as you say...soon he will be done and bouncing around...smile

    Blessings,
    Gert

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