Chicklets

Well, we made it home.  Everyone is alive and thriving.  Great things those vacations!  After two and a half weeks we’re rested, rejuvenated and willing to keep on keepin’ on.  No trial separation necessary!  I feel like while we were gone, Sofia changed drastically.  She’s now got two teeth, babbling away (pretty sure she’s saying “da”) when she’s not jamming every little thing into her mouth and is slinking backwards all over the place.  It was almost strange coming home and having to re-introduce her to the house.  She had to be reacquainted with her crib and toys before I was able to put her down.  Poor M was like a sherpa carrying the bags of the wealthy mountain climbers while they climb unencumbered.  He shouldered his burden with class (don’t worry, I gave him a good tip…wink wink).

While coming home to my own bed was so exciting, Sofia was still on vacation mode and insisted that we party at 3 am.  This was NOT exciting.  I am 31 years old and do not like to party at 3 am.  She’s not getting the hint either.  I think I’m going to have to speak to her companions in the crib.  It’s that damn owl, I know he’s the instigator.  So here we are trying to wean off the 3 am feed and get her sleeping through the night.  She weaned herself the first time around so I’m not quite sure how to go about this.  I’m not sure if its still the “come down” from the vacation or the teething, but here we are.  I try to get her back to sleep once.  If she wakes again I’ll give in (mostly cause I’m so f-ing tired I just can’t fight it anymore).  Here’s hoping she learns that classy girls party from 10-12 am and then go home…alone.  Any suggestions??

Anyways, what I wanted to chat about today was actually about teething.  So, Sofia has started her journey to a mouthful of chicklets and has been experiencing the obvious pain that comes with it.  My poor nipples shrink in fear as her open mouth nears…there’ve been a couple times where she tests my reaction by lightly grinding it between her wee teeth and gums.  I can proudly say I’ve weathered it with class…so far.  We’ve had a couple days…yes days…of unrelenting crying of which I do whatever I can to help her out…from cold teething accessories to cucumber slices (she loves those until they get warm) we’ve tried it all.  I prefer to stay away from OTC pain relief, I just don’t know what’s in that stuff.  Anyways, right before we left I purchased a Baltic Amber teething necklace from Sweet Little Bottoms online store (, check it out if you’re into cloth diapering…everything is on sale!)  So the deal with these necklaces is that the warmth from the skin releases the active ingredient in the Baltic amber, succinic acid. Recent scientific research has proved that succinic acid has a very positive influence on the human body. It improves immunity and the balance of acids when absorbed into the bloodstream, it stimulates the thyroid glands to help reduce drooling and soothes red inflamed cheeks. Amber’s anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties are recognized by allopathic medicine as a natural analgesic, which will help to relieve teething pain and calm a baby without resorting to drugs. The skin’s warmth releases healing oils from the amber, a resin, which is absorbed into the bloodstream.  Whether you subscribe to this or not, I wanted to give it a try.

While its still early days yet, from what I can tell its doing its job.  We noticed there was a significant decrease in the drooling and crying.  The rough days we’ve had so far may be attributed to my inherent forgetfulness when I realize a day later that I forgot to put it back on.  Aside from it looking a bit like those cheesy puka shell necklaces that used to be trendy among surfers and beach hippies…I think I’m a believer.  What have been your experiences with this therapy??

So that’s all I’ve got for today’s post.  Dinner is burning, M is giving me the “wrap it up” look and Sofia is giving me the stink eye.  Until next time my friends!

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