Teething Babies Suck

Mama's Losin' It
Yes, I know it’s a mean thing to say, and I feel bad saying it, but it’s totally the truth.

I was talking to a fellow blogger, and she asked me if I was participating in Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop. It’s a really cool way to prove to the world that I can still use my brain for more than memorizing what’s in Dora’s backpack, helping Tater practice Yo Gabba Gabba songs (I don’t care if there’s a party in Plex’s tummy), and empathizing with and understanding why poor Max continues to try to ditch his sister Ruby. I told fellow blogger that I wasn’t planning on doing it; I keep thinking about doing it, but that I haven’t tried it yet. After I hit “Send” on the email, I thought to myself, “What the heck? I’m going to quit putting it off and I’m going to do it!” I even picked the question I was going to respond to and everything! I was excited! I was going to use my brain and dazzle everybody with my mad writing skills!

Sorry people, you won’t be finding any of those mad writing skills here today. Because Ms. L, who’s been trying to cut a third tooth for what seems to be the last year (she’s only 8 months old), decided to pick yesterday afternoon and evening to boycott sleeping. The snotty nose, little screamer decided to do just that; have snot nose and scream. She has a scream that can cut glass and wake the dead…at the same time. It’s the highest pitched squeal you’ve ever heard. And really, really irritating. So I got to listen to it all afternoon. And through what was supposed to be her last nap. Through her bath. And through dinner. I’m sure Ms. M was just as tired and irritated as I was. Such a sweet girl, that Ms. M. She just kept looking at me sympathetically with her big, blue eyes and smiling. She knew I needed some encouragement to carry on and not pull all my hair out one strand at a time. And at 6 o’clock on the dot, I put them both down for what was supposed to be the night.

Bliss it was, listening to the quiet! But alas, a glass of wine later, and guess who was crying again? Now normally, once they go down for the night, that’s it. Don’t hear a peep out of them for another 12 hours. But tonight, Ms. L decided to party like a rock star. Mind you, she already missed a nap. And an hour and a half after bedtime, she was wailing.

I went in, picked her up, and sat in the rocking chair. No words, and no eye contact. I laid her against my chest, with my chin resting on the side of her face. I could feel her little eyelashes blinking. ARGH!! Still, I just rocked. She was quietly blinking. And then the blinking stopped. And I rocked until I heard hubby finishing up the dinner dishes (yes of course I waited for him to finish!). I laid her down, and didn’t hear from her again. Thank God for small favors.

I complain, but it was actually kind of nice to get some one-on-one snuggling time with her. With twins, it’s hard to get that time and enjoy it. Usually what happens is the other one ends up crying and you have to put one down to pick up the other. So I snuggled, and kissed her, and smelled her. It was actually a very nice gift (that’s me the pessimist trying to make the glass half full!).

So back to the workshop…I guess this whole story could kinda-sorta-but-not-really fit in to Mama Kat’s prompt #3: I know my kids love me because… 

I know my kids love because they need me for comfort. And want me for comfort. And I need the same from them. As I’m writing this now, Tater’s on my lap, asking me to get off the “puter” so we can read a story before bed, all the while making me hit the backspace key after every other letter.

So I will consider this my first post for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop. 

And so it goes…


  1. Florida Girl Meets the Midwest says:
    Awww. My Husband is a twin and man does the Mum-in-law have stories. Kudos to you.

    Stopping by from Mama Kat's.
  2. Yay! Over from Mama Kat's...

    I HEAR you on that blinking thing. It is so damn frustrating to know that they're up. I kind of like to snuggle with him while he's asleep since I know he's less likely to start screaming at me....

    Is that terrible?
  3. Funky Mama Bird says:
    Hey, you got her back to sleep, though! When Gunne wakes up screaming from teeth, I have to lay on the floor next to his crib while he quizzes me as to whether or not I'm still there. I end up signing the "go to sleep" song until he finally passes out and I crab walk across the floor to get out.
    Hopefully those teeth come out soon!
  4. The Drama Mama says:
    I have to applaud you moms of twins with an older sibling close in age. I couldn't imagine doing it. I'm glad you got a "private" moment with Ms. L.
  5. teething is always a horrible, yet necessary experience. i can only sympathize, you having twins.

    a snuggle with a baby takes away all fears and replaced with peace and joy. i miss those days, but i still get the tightest hugs from my 2-year-old.

    wandering in from the workshop :)
  6. Theta Mom says:
    A mom of TWINS and a toddler - WOW! Should make for good blog posts! ;)

    Welcome to TMC!!!
  7. Mommy Needs a Vacation says:
    This is a great 1st Mama Kat post!! Isn't teething the worst??? I don't know how you do it. I have a 3 yr old and a 1 yr old- I can't imagine having 2 almost 1 year olds too!! Love you blog and thanks for visiting mine! :)
  8. Heather says:
    I'm glad you took the challenge! We've all been there, waiting for sleep to come to our little ones. I've done the eyelash thing too.

    Thanks for commenting on my blog! Cheers!
  9. I love that Ms M. can understand your pain, you got out of the dishes, AND it was 87 degrees yesterday. I don't feel sorry for you one little bit, but I do for Ms L :)
  10. teething and not getting a nap...i would have had an extra glass of wine!
    snuggle time with a cranky teething baby=husband does the dishes! sweet.
  11. Not to be nit picky, but the party was in Brobey's tummy... not Plex... and it was so Yummy! so Yummy!

    Just sayin'

    I love when people ask: "Is the baby teething??" Um, when is the baby NOT teething, might I ask??

    Good luck... Maybe we can keep each other company when teething creeps in and messes up everyone's sleep schedule!
  12. mommybyday.com says:
    Screaming babies suck more. =)
  13. Rebekah @ Mom-In-A-Million says:
    Great post! I love that you used the lash-blinks to tell when your baby finally fell asleep! Such a sweet detail!
  14. Dolli-Mama says:
    I found you through Mama Kat, and I am glad I did. I am pregnant with twin girls and have a toddler boy. I like your point of view! Great post!
  15. bbcd mama says:
    You totally have mad writing skills! I may need to think about this Mama Kat stuff. So many of your bloggy friends are doing it. Peer pressure. :)
  16. Paul and Kerry says:
    good for you! about the Mama Kat and snuggles from your poor baby. They do need us and I love the confirmation of that. My son is such a mama's baby and I secretly love it.
  17. Teething really is the worst! My boys always seemed to have their teeth come in in 4s. Which hurt them like crazy, but got it over with quicker. Still can't figure out if it was a good thing or a bad one. Because OH, the screams!
  18. I blamed everything on teething for the first 2 years of my children's life. A little squirt of tylenol here and there...and we were good to go! ha ha

    L-boy is a disaster as he teeths...which seems to be constantly right now!
  19. alicia says:
    I've enjoyed following your blog. Even if we don't always feel like we are using our brains or are all together with it, we are good for more than we know. I'm glad you found this outlet to share your talents. I've got a full plate and don't want the pressure right now of this writing thing, but I think it's great. Thanks for sharing.
  20. The Grasshoppa:Triplets Plus Two Momma says:
    I feel like my almost 2 year old has been teething since I gave birth to her!!!

    And she is especially sensitive to it---more so than my other 4 children were---I can sympathize with your challenge.

    I also love those little excuses to go in and hold her tight and rock her quietly----there is truly nothing better. As long as she goes right back to sleep, that is :)
  21. If SHE can figure it out.......... says:
    The other day my neighbor (who happens to be 96 or so) told me to make sure I cherish every moment with my little Baby E. I told him that I do, but when Baby E decides to cut the next tooth, I'm going to drop him off at HIS (the neighbor's) house for 3 days so that HE can cherish the little spawn of Satan.
  22. Natalie says:
    Preach it, If SHE can figure it out!!! I'm so glad I'm not the only one that calls her child the spawn of Satan!!
  23. Writing Without Periods! says:
    The title of this post is so funny! I love it. Teething is so tough on everyone, baby included.
    Thanks for the smile.
  24. Teething hasn't been that bad for us... knock on wood!! It's the ear infections that really tug at my heart strings and nerves!! Oh, and the whining. Agh!!

    Glad you got in some good one-on-one time.

    Good luck with the MK's Writer's Workshop.
  25. Cheryl says:
    I so feel your pain. My third baby cut his first tooth at 4 months - so he was teething at birth. Imagine, if you will, the screaming. Ugh.

    Over from SITS..