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Garrett and I slept in this morning since Daddy had to be at work early this morning. When we did wake up, around 10 my little man was all smiles. He was babbling away about something rather interesting. He has found so many sounds lately and I simply love hearing him vocalize, even if I haven’t a clue as to what he is trying to say.

Although, today I really think he was telling me that he has a tooth that needs to be brushed. OK, let me rewind a bit. For the last few days, whenever I brush my teeth I let Garrett watch and it absolutely fascinates him! He stares and smiles and then laughs.

This morning while in bed (we usually lay around for a good ten minutes), as we were chatting- Garrett gently pressed his gums against my thumb. As if to say, ‘Mommy, this is what I am trying to tell you about!’ When he pressed his gums against my thumb, sure enough I could feel a spikey little tooth breaking through his gums. Not in the original place I was sure he would land a tooth, but rather on the opposite side. The front right tooth is now emerging.

Up until this point, we had felt hard knots on his gums in various locations (predominantly on the left side and upper front)- but this is the first spikey object I have felt! 

Funny thing is, he hasn’t had any real symptoms. Maybe because he was sick last week and it masked all of it. Really though, he has been an angel. He did push on this tooth over and over with his tongue the last few days. I figured it meant a tooth was coming, but I shrugged it off because I figured nothing would emerge as usual.

I can’t wait until it pops out fully so I can take a picture of it and share with all of you!!! Ahhhhh, my baby has a tooth! 🙂

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Garrett is doing fine and we believe the fall wasn’t too bad. I mean I guess you never know what it ‘could’ do to a child, but he has been acting exactly the same minus a few bouts with teething and irritability. He has his check up tomorrow, so we will get the okay then!

He is now sleeping in his crib as I type this. We started last night and let him cry himself somewhat to sleep. (Thankfully, it only lasted about 5 minutes, however I cried as I was putting him asleep and Bryan had to come in and let him cry it out. I was too upset by it all.) I ended up getting up every 2 hours to nurse and put him back to sleep. I’m not for sure he needed it, I think much of it was due to his new setting and the teething taking place. I even had to change his diaper at 4 a.m. this morning he nursed so much! I’m hoping tonight will be a longer sleeping night because getting up every 2 hours wasn’t very much fun at all! Thank the Lord we didn’t have to deal with this the first 6 months. I think I would have definitely gone crazy!

As for his doctor’s appointment tomorrow, I had mentioned earlier that I thought he was reaching 18 pounds or possibly over it- so I wanted to throw a challenge out there for anyone that wanted to guess his weight! You have until tomorrow’s post to submit your guess. I am officially guessing 18 lbs. and 2 ounces. I’m excited to see how much our little man has grown and whether or not I am in anywhere close to his actual weight.

You be the judge, how much does our baby weigh? 

This photo was taken about 2 weeks ago and the one below is from 1 week ago.

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Somebody shoot me now! We had a pretty good 2 weeks without Garrett’s teeth giving him much of an issue. Now, they are back and with a vengeance. The last two nights have consisted of a cranky baby waking every hour or so. Primarily consisting of tossing, turning and rolling between Bryan and I. Bryan had the good fortune to sleep through most of these moments, I on the other hand, have not. He hasn’t been sleeping as well during naps either. Yesterday, I think he slept maybe an hour and half throughout the day in patches. Today (with an artillery of teething tablets) he managed almost 2 hours, but none of his naps have been the consistency they used to be. He doesn’t seem to be bothered by his lack of sleep though, instead he is back to vocalizing and checking the pitch of his voice. And, boy oh boy is it high! Im one lucky mommy. Who am kidding, I love the squealing, but I could definitely do without the teething!

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Someone doesn’t want me to post tonight! I am having one thing after another occur and the thing is my brain is running WILD with topics!! Go figure, by tomorrow morning they will be gone and of course after all my typing tonight, its liable to disappear as soon as I hit that orange button with pride Publish Post. For a quick instance all will be lost. I really hate that you can’t cut, copy and paste on their composer. It really does blow.

So anywho, looks as if Garrett really is teething! I put my finger in his mouth yesterday to feel (as he was quite moody the entire day and without a fever, I figured there had to be some other explanation) and guess what I felt to my astonishment, still under the gums no less, but unmistakeably there…teeth sprouting!!

They were on both sides, not in the middle like the ‘experts’ say, but rather the ones that are beside the front two and on the bottom gums. Which makes sense that this is where they are because he will take his tongue and place it on either side and chew it for a good 30 minutes at a time. He’s been preforming this act for oh about a month now. At first I thought he was exploring his tongue and seeing what it could do. But, the more I watch and well, anytime I place the pacifier in his mouth, he immediately pushes it to the side (of course, that’s after his initial What is this? I hope you don’t think you can pull a fast one on me” face.)

The pacifier never seems to last very long either. Unless I insert my finger into the backing. We use the soothie from the hospital. At of all the pacifiers we ended up with its the only one he’ll take for more than one minute at a time. Yes we have a very particular baby. He prefers the ninny.

Speaking of which…Lord the child would not go to sleep to save his life without having the ninny either in his mouth or within arm’s reach! I actually thought I was doing good, he had his bath and was pretty tired afterwards (as he tries to swim and gets very excited while bathing). So I brought him down to bed and nursed him. He was out for a good 30 minutes and then boom, he cries! I should have known really. I mean if he sleeps for 30 with me beside him he’s out for at least 2-4 hours, but if I move before the 30 minutes is up, then he becomes a little gremlin. (I just realized I started typing and forgot to clarify that I nurse in bed laying down)

Anyway, by gremlin I mean the cute and fuzzy Magwi because he does this head shake along with a funny face that says, “Give me that Ninny” in search of my boob, then starts moving his arms frantically in hopes he will locate the ninny and then, if he sees it but can’t reach it- (sometimes I guess I tease him- but only in hopes he will soothe himself back to sleep) he then will roll and scoot himself until he is again in range enough to grab it with his mouth or hands! If he can’t see the ninny, then he immediately begins making a frowning face and starts to cry. He’s quite versed in his quest for the ninny and dedicated, I might add. Many times I have thought I have outwitted him but his persistence always wins. The kicker though is when, like tonight, he stops nursing and looks up at me, stares for a few minutes contently and then smiles. Its enough to melt your heart a thousand times over, actually more than anything ever has before.

Okay so I lost track of my original post. I knew that would happen…I’m feeling random and environmental tonight. Where was I?

Well, I had called my mom to try to find my baby book because I am almost positive that I got my first few teeth between 4 and 6 months. The age of teething is apparently hereditary, so I’m guessing that Garrett’s will come in at the same time as mine did. Of course, I should check Bryan’s baby book too. I can’t remember if we saw anything on his teeth or not….hmmmm.

We have found some relief for his teething with a product called ‘Baby’s Bliss Gripe Water’. We found the product on a fluke. While Bryan was at work one day and way before Garrett started teething, a couple from Canada was in the restaurant and they were comparing baby stories. (Bryan makes a point to talk to all parents with babies now). As they were talking, the couple recommended it to him and told him that it was a must have for colicky babies and for when they start to teeth. They were very adamant that we needed to get it because unlike other ‘remedies’ this one was natural. It’s made with only herbal ingredients.

The next time we were out, Bryan and I searched for it. We almost gave up, when we decided to ask the pharmacist at Walmart if they carried it. The pharmacist explained that the store didn’t carry it, that the pharmacy only did because so many Canadians were coming in requesting it. So they began ordering it through the pharmacy. We really lucked out because I’m not for sure how available it is here in at the beach, even in the stores that supposedly sell it.

It really is awesome! We give him only one dose and that seems to help him deal with the irritation. The first time we gave it to him, it was as if someone flipped a switch, he went from crying to laying quietly with Bryan in a matter of minutes. It was that noticeable! We have only used it for teething, but it is supposed to be good for colic, hiccups and gas pains, too. It is kinda expensive, a 4 0z. bottle costs around $11.99. But, I promise it’s worth every penny!

I really don’t know what we would have done, because I’m a weirdo and hate giving him even Tylenol if I don’t have to. I’m one of those freaky moms that never takes medicine unless I’m in excruciating pain- I just think ‘we as a society’ overmedicate our bodies. In return, we breakdown our natural ability to fight off infections, colds, diseases, and what not and probably even indirectly create new bugs and viruses.

Originally, I had seen ads for the Little Remedies-Little Tummy’s Gripe Water and actually thought this was what Bryan was talking about. Of course, I was wrong and boy, am I glad I was! I looked up the ingredients of their gripe water (to compare to Baby’s Bliss) and it includes Methylparaben and Propylparaben!!! These are the ‘preservatives’ used mainly in cosmetics and some food and drugs which have been linked to hormonal issues and some types of cancer in humans. Lovely, heh? Don’t even get me started on this….but, its definitely worth knowing, so you can make your own informed decisions!!

With that said and before I get off my soapbox….I thought I would leave you some information on Parabens that can be found on the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website:

Parabens are a group of compounds widely used as antimicrobial
preservatives in food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics products, including underarm deodorants. Parabens are absorbed through intact skin and from the gastrointestinal tract and blood. U.K. researchers found measurable concentrations of six different parabens in 20 human breast tumors. The study highlights the need for more research on the potential link between products containing parabens and increased breast cancer risk. Many companies, including Compact signers, have begun phasing out parabens from their lines by marking their products as “paraben-free.” Parabens are commonly listed on product ingredient labels as methylparaben,propylparaben, ethylparaben and butylparaben.

(I don’t even want to think about all the kids toys, bottles, pacifiers and baby products with parabens in them!!)

And if that isn’t enough, check this video out:

If the video doesn’t show up, here’s the link: http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3LnlvdXR1YmUuY29tL3dhdGNoP3Y9YjRpcEFibHpwZk0=

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