It finally happened. The thing that scared me most about breastfeeding... BITING.
He did it, he bit me. Twice (cause I was dumb enough to put him back on after the first one).
It actually wasn't that bad. The early weeks of nursing were an order of magnitude more painful. But I did quickly pull him off and tell him, "No. That hurts Mommy." But he just smiles when I do this so I don't think he's getting it. I think the best course of action will be to just pull him off quicker when he is finished eating, before he gets bored and chewy. Advice appreciated.
But the teething thing. Ugg. I thought he was cutting his first tooth a while ago because his gums keep changing and looking like something is going to pop though and he'll show some other signs too, but no, I was wrong. But this is definitely the real thing this time.
It was AWFUL Sunday. He was crying so hard, it hurt so much. We had to give him tylenol. He passed out. We had to dose him again before bed, and then he woke up in the middle of the night and I had to do it again (it's not like we didn't try other routes, it was just that bad). But since then he's dealt with the pain pretty well but it has caused him to loose his appetite and he's been more sleepy. And the damn tooth still hasn't popped up yet. Come on already.
I also, mostly for the hell of it, bought him an amber teething anklet. The idea behind these is that they release succinic acid in the skin and it is a natural pain reliever. And as a bonus, the one I got was "Reiki charged". I know, it's probably hooey, but it's cute on him and "can't hurt". Besides, I think acupuncture helped me conceive, so this isn't too much farther into hippie territory. And the crazy thing is, I think it's actually helping. (<-- When I talk like that, I should probably try to get more sleep.)
We had his 6 month pictures tonight. We got a lot of smiling, happy baby photos despite the condition of his gums. Much better than the 3 month disaster. But I was much smarter this time. We took lots of toys, a small bottle with milk (cause when he is hungry, he wants food NOW) and we planned the outfits better. My excellent planning included putting him in a diaper with giraffes on it and letting him have some relief chewing on Sophie the Giraffe. About 2/3 of the way though, that proved to be a good plan and a very cute pose.
And something cool... I've been doing the baby sign language symbol for milk since he was born, off and on. But lately I've been doing it pretty heavily. I thought he was doing it back but I also that that maybe I was just wanting to believe that he was doing it. But when I picked him up from daycare today they asked me if I had been working on it with him because they hadn't tried that one on him yet and he definitely signing milk for them. Yay! I'm so excited. I think maybe the feeling is something like hearing them speak their first word. Big milestone.