Two teethers

It figures that the night before we had planned to put Parker in his crib in his own room for first time.. something very unusual happened.
Holden woke up last night at about 3 or 4am, absolutely inconsolable. Screaming, crying, panicking, the whole deal. He has not woken up in the night (or at least not that we’ve known of, because if he has he’s been silent and gone right back to sleep) since Parker first came home and he pissed his bed (and was wearing underwear and not a diaper, so you can imagine that would be pretty uncomfortable).

We asked him what was wrong.. but he was so upset that nothing was coming out in english. Nightmare? Who knew at that point.
He ended up being so upset that he had to come into bed with us.. which hasn’t happened in probably 5 or 6 months, so we knew there was definitely something up.

Holden got his teething out of the way pretty early. Got his first two teeth before he was 4 months old, and had almost all of his teeth by the 1 year mark. It was hell while we were going through it, but it definitely made the time from when he was 1 until now very easy.
The only teeth he hadn’t gotten was his 2 year molars, so we’ve been anxiously anticipating them for a long time now. And up until this moment he’s shown no signs of them coming.

A friend of mine mentioned to me today that it could be his molars coming in.. and at first I didn’t think it fit. Usually when Holden has a “booboo”, he’ll tell us what hurts and where it hurts- and he most certainly didn’t mention anything about that last night.
It definitely ruined sleep for everyone- Holden is a rowdy sleeper. His crying caused Parker to stir.. which unfortunately kept me up for most of the night. When I know one of my kids is awake, or on the verge of waking up.. for some reason I can NOT sleep no matter how hard I try.

During his nap today, he once again woke up absolutely inconsolable. Screaming and crying and just totally freaking out. Very unlike him. Once Thomas got him calmed down (since Thomas was home today because his work sucks and is making him take unpaid days because they’re tied to a newspaper who isn’t making any freaking money),he asked to go back to bed… but didn’t go easily. More screaming, more freaking out.
We both tried to get him to go back to sleep, but nothing seemed to be helping. Thinking to what my friend said- I asked him if he had a booboo, and he pointed to his cheek. I asked if his mouth hurt and where and he said “back there” and pointed farther back on his cheek… right where his molars would be coming in. Now, I can’t say for sure if he was telling the truth or just saying what I was sort of encouraging, but I definitely didn’t mention a booboo in his mouth- he said that all on his own.
Molars would make sense, but it’s impossible to say for sure because no way in hell is he letting me look into the back of his mouth to find out.

I’ve honestly never seen him so upset. He was so incredibly tired but couldn’t go to sleep- just sobbed. I sat on the edge of his bed rubbing his back, watching him take long blinks and start to fall asleep only to open his eyes and start crying again. We tried to give him motrin but he refused to take it. After about 20 minutes of back rubbing and snuggling, we were able to leave his room and he went back to sleep.
It made me so sad to see him like that, and to not have any definite answer as to what is really wrong.. but i’m taking his word for it and assuming it’s those stupid molars finally trying to push their way through.
He wasn’t even this upset when he was cutting SIX teeth at once. Molars are a different breed of pain altogether.

Needless to say, he got motrin before bed tonight.

Just our luck, it would seem that Parker is teething too. Massive amounts of drool.. chewing everything in sight- and at times, when he’s crying, i’ll rub his bottom gums (where I feel definite lumps) and he’ll instantly stop.

Two kids teething at once? JACKPOT! Put me out of my misery now! It’s going to be a LOONNNGGG couple of months. I would hope it wouldn’t take that long for Holden’s molars to cut.. but you never know.. and teething for a baby is not a short process no matter how fast they do it.
I can give orajel to Parker, but I am not risking my poor fingers by attempting to shove them into the back of Holden’s mouth. That’s just asking to be bitten.

Oh sleep, how I miss you! And apparently I will have to continue missing you. Shitty.

Posted on January 8, 2010 by Holdin' Holden 1 Comment
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  • Ugh, that sucks. We’re waiting for that moment to hit here, too. Like you said though, there’s really not much of a way to check. Can’t stick your finger in there unless you WANT to get bitten trying to figure it out!