Not a lot of sleep. . . for mommy & daddy

Sleep . . . . what is that again?  I seriously do not think that JL and I have a clue these days. It has been WAY too long since we have been able to sleep more than 6 hours a night. For me I think it was likely before I was pregnant with NHL (think November 2002), aside from when I am sick.

The last three nights have been VERY rough. JSL is getting at least his top two front teeth and he is a mess. His gums are so swollen, he is clingy, he keeps throwing up, and he whimpers when going to sleep. In addition to this, he wakes up when resting all the time. Naps only last 20-30 minutes unless I am holding his for the entire nap (like yesterday – thanks Mom). Last night he cried through our entire dinner. We were keeping my mother company and had brought things for JSL to eat. He wanted nothing to do with the green beans, rice cereal, or puffs. He just wanted to be held, nursed or cry. Not the happy, smiling baby we are used to. We dosed him up with some Tylenol since he was clearly in pain.

When we got home JSL only wanted to nursed. He fell asleep at that point and we moved him into his crib. He woke up several times and quickly drifted back with a quick binky application. Before we went to sleep I went to check on the boys. Here is how I found NHL: 

NHL's interesting sleeping position

This really dose prove he could sleep anywhere! The night time camera setting did make him stir a little. Here he is seconds later: 

Moved to this position after the first photo

Meanwhile the little teething machine was snoring away in his crib. He was all cozy and happy thanks to the milk and Tylenol. 

Sleeping little guy - thank you Tylenol!

And another view of the sleep that did not last long. 

So peaceful

As hinted at this sleep did not last long. At 2:00 JSL was up and crying again. He came into our bed and was ready to party from not wanting to sleep. JL was able to get him to curl up and get back to sleep with us after 30+ minutes. Then at 6:30 NHL woke us up and it was time to get Daddy out to work.


Now I have a little teething monkey asleep on me as I type. He was crying again, so I gave him more Tylenol (it had been well over 12 hours) and he is catching up on sleep. I am off to see if I can convince another little boy to rest so I can as well. I feel bad for JL since I know his boss will not allow him to curl up and nap under his desk.  

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  • Kmelion says:

    Yeah, poor Nati has been doing much the same – kvetchy, pukey, clingy, etc.

    Last night when he woke up the first time I put some orajel on his gums and put the shirt I had been wearing into the crib with him.

    It was SO much better… he gave me his usual 3-4 hour chunks of sleep and actually slept until 7!

  • TheAngelForever says:

    Kmelion: Seriously I think teething babies could be a new version of the 7 Dwarfs all wrapped into one. Heck, you just came up with 3 of them in your comment ;)

    Sorry to hear that Nati has been having the same issues. Today I gave up on Tylenol and used Ibuprofen since it works faster and longer. We shall see how long it lasts for the night. Oh and thanks for the idea of putting something I wore next to JSL, I think we will try that tonight if he wakes up a lot.

    C’est Moi

  • Linda says:

    Poor babies. I found your blog through OMSH readers links and I hope you don’t mind me popping in.

    My grandson was going through the same thing you are experiencing with your little one when he started teething. We walked the floor, cried with him, and prayed for relief. THEN my sister was at the local health food store and found this little bottle of natural teething ‘stuff’. It was in a little blue bottle that much resembled a chap stick tube. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try and it was made from natural ‘stuff’ rather than medicines so it shouldn’t be harmful and hopefully nothing Lil Man would have an adverse reaction to. The instructions were to give 5 tablets for teething pain so I gave it a shot. I watched Lil Man go from a very unhappy teething baby to a happy almost 1 year old who now has seven beautiful little teeth, all cut pain free (and drool free) after we started using the natural teething tablets.
    Check with a health food store in your area and see if they carry natural teething aids.

  • TheAngelForever says:

    Linda: Welcome to my blog! The more the merrier here :)

    What you mentioned sound like the Hylands Teething Tablets that we have used with both of our boys. They are natural and homeopathic. Unfortunately, this little guy seems to get no relief from them this go round. We used them for his first two teeth and they worked magic with our oldest. I may try them again once these stinkers finally break through the gums. They seem to be VERY stubborn and have not come to the surface yet.

    Next time I am near a health food store I will see what other teething tablets are out there. For now Ibuprofen seems to be helping him to rest and smile some.

    Hope to see you around again.

    C’est Moi