The Truth About Teething

Like most things baby related, I had heard about teething, but didn’t have a true understanding of what it really meant. No big deal I thought, that’s what teething rings are for! And when the first pearly nugget began to show through, I thought it was adorable. And then reality hit. And it was loud. Here is what I’ve learned in the months since that first sweet tooth.

It takes forever. I assumed this was a one-time deal. Pop, pop, pop and then we have a full set! Nope. It ebbs, flows and takes its time as tiny teeth slowly push through those tender gums.

You feel helpless. There are times that the coldest teething rings, favorite song, and even Baby Motrin don’t seem to touch the pain, and it seems unfair that something they need causes such turmoil.

It creates issues that make no sense. Teething tends to give my boys tummy issues, which leads to diaper rash, which leads to more pain. It can also cause fevers which is not something that is intuitive to me.

Teeth don’t always equal chewing. Calvin is not a fan of solid foods, and I hoped his new minted chompers would help. It hasn’t, but the dogs sure appreciate the thrown tidbits.

You understand why the Tooth Fairy exists. So much pain and then they all fall out? My boys are sure earning those quarters.


Diana Dionne

About Diana Dionne

I’m Diana Dionne, a Caribou native now living in the country in Androscoggin County, married to another Aroostook County transplant. A former communications professional, I now am a freelance writer, and spend my days communicating (or attempting to communicate), with my identical two year old twin boys, Calvin and Abel.