Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Houston.....we may have a problem!

So about a week or so ago, my wonderful sweet boy who has been sleeping through the night since he was 12 weeks old....stopped doing it! For anyone who is keeping track, that was right before I went back to work! We knew he was teething, (obviously since the 1st top tooth popped through about that time) but he had seemed to do fine with the bottom ones so we were wondering if there was something else going on. We had already been giving him Tylenol before bedtime to help with any pain that he might be having, but of course it was probably wearing off before morning. A couple of times he would wake up crying and other times he would just wake up and have a hard time going back to sleep......so enter mommy with her magical power (boobs!) and he would go back to sleep easily and sleep the rest of the night. We wondered if maybe he was getting hungry, so we tried giving him some cereal before he went to bed....that didn't help. We tried keeping him up a little later....that didn't help. I finally called the Dr's' office yesterday and you'll never guess what they told me.....give him benadryl! The doctor had mentioned it when I was in before, but I just kind of laughed it off and thought "I'm not going to drug my baby to get him to sleep!!" The doctor also said that it helps to dry up some of the extra saliva that is being produced during this time as well--ok so maybe there is a little medical reason why:) I talked with the nurse and she said that she had done it and not to worry that he would be fine and then we could all get some sleep. She said to do it until the next tooth made an appearance and then take it away the next night because after that he shouldn't be as uncomfortable. Tony and I talked about it and decided to give it a try last night. We checked on him more times and probably got less sleep than we would have if he had just woke up during the night, but he did fine with it and slept the whole night. It looks like the other top tooth will be popping through at any time--very swollen tonight at bath time--so hopefully we can get back to our regular routines soon:)

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