To My Sons After 2 Weeks of Teething Hell

5 years ago

Dear Miles and Emmett,

You are now 42 weeks and 6 days old — almost 10 months since you came out of my belly. These last two weeks, I have wanted to shrink you and put you back in. Between the two of you, you’ve cut or are still cutting nine teeth. Nine. There has been a lot of screaming. There had been very little sleeping.

We’ve dosed you with Tylenol and Advil, rubbed teething gel on your gums, gone through about 200 Hyland’s teething tablets, made sure your amber teething necklaces were on at all times, given you frozen things to chew on, and rocked you endlessly. And nothing seemed to help you feel better. It was horrible. It was like the first 6 weeks after we came home from the hospital and we had no idea what you wanted or how to make you feel better — except this time we knew exactly what the problem was: You were in pain and there was nothing we could do about it.

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