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On Teething and the Pangs of Motherhood

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This post has been sponsored by Baby Orajel™, however all opinions are my own.

In our recent morning baby routine, you may have noticed that Akilah is now with tooth! She had been gnawing on her little fingers for a few months now, so we’ve been patiently, okay, I’ve been impatiently waiting for a tooth to come up. It’s been so hard for me to not compare her milestones with those of her brothers. Having a baby girl is all very new to me whereas with the boys, they took after me and my growth patterns and with Akilah, it looks like she’s taking after Daddy. Knowing that this is common genetics helps ease this over-analyzing mind of mine.

Since I’ve so casually calculated a new growth and development schedule for her (about 3 months after the boys), I try not to stress over the charts. I remember when Jayden started thinning out as a toddler, those charts drove me mad. Each visit to the pediatrician, meant getting more familiar with the lower end of the graph. And between that, me worrying if his communication was up to par, and battling his extreme Eczema, I was done. Having Juicy showed us what a difference having a sibling makes. Juicy is our energetic one, with a big appetite, and interesting vocabulary. He has a big brother to look up to and emulate. A big brother to thank for his ability to use “How about them apples?” in the most hilarious of situations.

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Ultimately, each child develops at their own pace and will come into their own in due time. Comparison will just result in nerves frazzled to bits. It’s just not worth the stress. Having baby Akilah feels like I’m a new mom again in a sense; having a girl, having a girl who happened to be born different. I find myself back in that space when Jayden was a baby. Sometimes it’s comforting because we’ve made it eight years so surely, we can make it eight more. And sometimes it brings back raw feelings of uncertainty. I still haven’t figured out what to do with uncertainty other than facing it day by day until it backs down. What I do find comfort in is Akilah having not one, but two big brothers to help guide and protect her.

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The trials that accompany the care of little ones may seem impossible in the moment, but they come and they go or they become more manageable. Teething, often a rough time for babies and parents may seem to linger on and on, leading to periods of helplessness and defeat. But it’s little things that add up and help us get by like patience, snuggly blankets, and pain relief when we’re all out of patience.

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Ever since Akilah’s first tooth came in, she’s been fussier during the night. She’s become more drooly and even turned down nursing, leaving me pretty sore and engorged. Her little gummies have definitely been bothering her. Getting her to bed has been a challenge with her having sore gums. During our bedtime routine, I reach for the Baby Orajel™ Homeopathic Teething Gel to rub onto her gums to help relieve the pain. Then, I rub her and her lovey with a calming blend of baby-safe essential oils and tuck her in. Sometimes she requires extra snuggles while the teething gel works its magic.

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Like a baby cutting a new tooth, motherhood is full of pangs, but it is from within those pangs that we grow and sprout new tools to help us navigate the journey ahead.

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12 Comments

  • Reply Dhemz

    Awww, they’re so cute! Oralgel has been my family’s teething solution. Thanks for sharing!

    View Comment September 12, 2016 at 9:58 AM
  • Reply Erin Kennedy

    Oh my goodness. I have a 7month old who officially has 6 teeth coming in. I think that is a bit early, but she def needs some relief. I haven’t heard of this. Thanks for sharing.

    View Comment September 12, 2016 at 12:43 AM
  • Reply christina aliperti

    Baby orajel got my son and I through some tough nights. It was instant relief for him and me, lol.

    View Comment September 10, 2016 at 12:33 AM
  • Reply Rose Pingol

    I had 4 children and they all have hard times when teething. Good thing they have this product now.

    View Comment September 8, 2016 at 7:16 PM
  • Reply Nicole Etolen

    I remember when my son was teething. That looks really difficult on him.

    View Comment September 8, 2016 at 7:15 PM
  • Reply Katie Smith

    OH no not the teething!!! But its so cute to see the first sings of teeth. Good luck with sleep!!!

    View Comment September 8, 2016 at 12:04 PM
  • Reply Coralie

    Orajel is great for teething. It works to help ease the pain so they can rest and eat. Cute pictures!

    View Comment September 8, 2016 at 11:16 AM
  • Reply Elizabeth O.

    I wish I had this product when the twins were younger! It would have been a lot of help when they were teething. I think it’s awesome that you have this, teething can be terrible for kids!

    View Comment September 8, 2016 at 10:13 AM
  • Reply Kristen

    I am having a baby in 6 weeks. I have not have one in three years. I forgot how much this helps. I will have to pick some up

    View Comment September 8, 2016 at 6:44 AM
  • Reply Liz Mays

    It’s good that this gel has been so helpful. It’s tough seeing the little ones struggle during this period!

    View Comment September 7, 2016 at 8:32 PM
  • Reply Cindy Ingalls

    Teething is so hard on little ones. It can make you feel so helpless. Thank goodness for Baby Oragel; it helps ease some of the discomfort.

    View Comment September 7, 2016 at 7:04 PM
  • Reply Nancy Reyes

    My sister’s kids had the worse time teething; Mom would freeze a washcloth or bagel so that, the coolness would help them. And baby oral gel was our best friend.

    View Comment September 7, 2016 at 4:54 PM
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