It’s never fun to see anyone in pain or discomfort.
I remember doing everything in my mommy repertoire to sooth Miles in those early days of teething, colds or a stomach bug. Babies can’t tell you what hurts; they don’t understand that it is only a temporary thing.
It isn’t a whole lot different for toddlers. I just returned from my lunch break (a title that many days is very deceiving as I don’t always get lunch nor do I typically get a break.) Miles seemed to be in a good enough mood although he barely touched his lunch. And he’d spent much of the morning with his tiny little hands shoved so far into his mouth chewing on them to relieve the pain he’s enduring as his 2-year-old molars break their way through his tender little gums.
He was happy to crawl into our bed (not his) after lunch and snuggle up to watch “machines” — any kind of cartoon or show that involves trucks, cars, boats or trains. But this snuggle wasn’t getting us any closer to nap time so I had to be the bad guy and harsh his mellow by switching off the television and scooping him up and carting him off to bed.
He didn’t want any part in this activity. Miles screamed and cried and begged to be anywhere than the comforts of his little toddler bed. After two or three rounds of trying to calm him by both me and Michael I reverted back to those baby days. We’d both already tried rocking and it wasn’t cutting it.
I scooped him up and cradled him in my arms like he was still in infant; his little boy legs dangling awkwardly past my elbow his head snuggled tightly under my chin. And we swayed and swayed and swayed “sshh sshh sshhing” the whole way.
After about five minutes he’d fallen asleep the pain and discomfort giving way to the rhythmic swaying and magic momma mojo.
I thought the trials and tribulations were behind us paving way for the toddler tantrums over things like not enough grapes and train tracks not fitting in the “right” way. I was wrong. Apparently teething and the “joys” that accompany the terrible baby/toddler rites of passage are here to haunt us for a bit longer joined by the normal toddler tiffs.
What’s your best toddler teething remedy? And please tell me this doesn’t last long! I don’t think my heart can bare it.