Thursday, January 6, 2011

The not-so-sweet tooth returns ...

Old Photo- but it pretty much describes Bea's mood lately

[Editor's Note: Don't worry- if you're looking to join The Bea Team at the 2011 March for Babies, you can find out how to do so here. More prizes and giveaways are coming next week to those to contribute to our team- so donate-away!]

So, remember how last week I was bragging about how Casey and I survived our child's first tooth with hardly any battle scars? Yea, well I can kiss those glory days goodbye.

Another tooth has broken the gum line, bringing with it a symphony of wails, fussiness and no sleep. For the past two days, Beatrice Kate could have been replaced by a changling because girlfriend was just not to be soothed. We tried walking, we tried singing, we tried nursing, we tried solid foods, we tried teething rings, wet washcloths, cold spoons, wooden spoons. We bought a special mesh feeder that we could put cold fruit or ice in. That works for a short period of time. Teething biscuits are good for about 10 minutes of peace. You name it; we've been trying it. We knew teeth were on the horizon; but we weren't able to see any more emerging last night.

Then, to add gravy to the top of this situation, Beatrice Kate has decided to drop her afternoon nap. Now, I'm sure you're thinking, "Your her mother, just put her down for a nap and walk away." And yes, I've tried that. But Beatrice Kate has inherited my strong will- and then concentrated it's strength in her tiny body.

She will cry. it. out. until your resolve to add structure and predictability to her day dissolves like Alka Sezter. Today, it was two hours. Before I get all kinds of righteous emails about how I shouldn't do that, know this: 99.9% of the time, she's never allowed to cry-it-out. It breaks my heart to hear her cry. But this time was different. It was absolutley a battle of wills. As soon as I would go in, pick her up and rock her, she would drift off merrily into Dreamland. Then, the moment I put her back in her crib, (you know, so I could actually attend to my other housewifery duties) BAM! eyes back open and it's time to cry some more.

I finally gave up. Re-swaddled her. Nursed her back to sleep and put her in my bed (her preferred place to nap).  Within 20 minutes, she had recharged her batteries and was ready to roll.

I'll admit it- I was at my patience's end today. The (unknown) teething and the no sleeping combined to create a hurricane of chaos here at the Raleigh Collins Homestead. When Casey came home, I found myself saying something like, "Please, just give me 10 minutes to myself." and I wondered off to the back of the house away from the noise.

Naturally, none of this (the exhaustion from dealing with a fussy baby all day, the sore fingers that were used as a teething ring, the apple mashed into our carpet from the mesh feeders) matters a bit when she's snuggled in my arms fast asleep after her nightly nursing session. I could hold her and stare at her chubby cuteness forever when she's like that. Of course, she is sound asleep.
Sleeping like an angel (finally)


  1. Hello! I stumbled across your blog today from Southern Savers, and just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your posts. As much as I love couponing, meal planning, and finances, the thing that I like the most about this blog is the obvious love for your beautiful daughter.
    Lastly, I want to thank you for your support to the March of Dimes. I am actually the Division Director of the March of Dimes in Bowling Green, KY. As an employee, and mother who has lost two babies, I know just how important every dollar raised is. Thank you for everything you are doing to help other babies have a chance at life :)

  2. Thanks so much Mandy for your sweet comment! We do indeed love Beatrice Kate more than we ever could have imagined possible.

    We owe much of our daughter's health and survival during her first initial days to March of Dimes. That's why we're so dedicated to making our March for Babies Team a success!

    We will gladly accept donations from anywhere in the country- so if you know of folks lookin' to throw a little cash around for MOD- send them our way. Heck, they may even win a cool prize out of it :)