20/365: A Very Scary Story

Once upon a time, there was a very cute almost seven-month-old who routinely woke up three times every night. Then one Friday, she woke up FIVE times! On Saturday she woke up six times, and on Sunday night she woke up TEN TIMES.

Her parents almost died.

And her mother definitely did not take weekend pictures.

The End.

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9 thoughts on “20/365: A Very Scary Story

  1. You have the most amazing ability to make even horror stories like this funny. That picture you picked–what a scream. But more seriously, is there a chance Iris is teething? I must admit that I resort to drugs on the worst teething nights. I know. Take away my crunchy badge. All the co-sleeping and cloth diapering in the world can’t make up for not using Dr. Leaf N. Twig’s All Natural Homeopathic Teething Tablets. But when my baby’s in pain, I just don’t want to pussy foot around with chamomile and an amber teething necklace. It’s just a thought.

    • Yeah, I think she probably is teething. She doesn’t seem to be in pain, but she sure is waking a lot and she wants to suck/chew on EVERYTHING. Where do you get those teething tablets? Do you have any other recommendations for teething babies??

      • If you don’t want to go the drug route (she writes on a night when she drugged her own teething/screaming toddler at bedtime with infant’s Motrin), you can get a small range of natural options. I’m sure you can find lots of sources online, but since Iris is teething NOW, you probably want to get something right away. I know The Little Seedling in Ann Arbor is great for all things natural. They sell the teething tablets (they’re actually called “Hyland’s Teething Tablets” NOT the silly name I made up) and a wide range of amber necklaces, which I have never tried but which some of my crunchier friends swear by. And it’s not like wearing an amber necklace is going to damage your child, so aside from the cost, why not? Another friend of mine is adamant that to give yourself and your child a good night’s sleep, you must press your baby’s gums with the back of a spoon before bed to relieve the pressure. This makes babies SCREAM. She says that her kids have then gone to sleep and not awoken until the golden morn. I gave it about two half-hearted attempts before deciding that I would rather get a terrible night’s sleep than inflict pain on my baby even to save them from other pain later. You may be made of tougher stuff than I, though, so I thought I’d pass it along.

  2. So sorry for you. Teething (and not sleeping) is no fun (we did that last night too). I have a teething gel, I sometimes apply to A.’s gums (and she even seems to like it). I brought it from Germany. However, I saw some at WinCo’s the other day. If you are planning on trying the gel, be sure not to buy the kind that has benzocaine. I read that benzocaine can cause a blood disease in children under age two. I think I saw this one though at our grocery store, and it’s the same brand that Andrea mentioned: http://www.hylands.com/products/teethinggel.php

  3. Oh, and someone in Germany gave us an amber necklace too, but I honestly think that is pure superstition. At least I don’t believe in the magic of stones.

  4. Loved this one! You are so funny! I am truly sorry that Iris (and many babies) are such inconsistent sleepers. And, at my age, I know why God stopped letting me have babies after I got old!

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