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April 3, 2012


Today was the girls first visit to the dentist.  A little behind schedule for Teagan, but very early for Ashlin. We talked it up to Teagan, to get her psyched and to hopefully keep her from not being scared.  Although she froze up, we probably didn’t need to bother much.  I was more worried than I needed to be about passing on the phobia I have of the dentist.  She’s such a brave girl.  Very good.

I ended up stuck in the office filling out her insurance forms as well as Ashlin’s.  Stu went in as moral support, to help ground Teagan in case she started getting too scared.  The dentist was really good with her, I could hear.  She showed Teagan the mirror and talked through the whole thing in nice, easy steps.  Stu said you could see that Teagan was scared, she was just the right level of scared, compliant, but not screaming and freaking out.  She was a bit uncertain as the chair reclined, but the dentist and Stu talked her though that, and then she was fine.  Nervous, but fine.  She opened her mouth nicely, when the dentist asked, opened wide and let her look at her teeth with the mirror.  She also let the dentist count her teeth – ten on top and ten on the bottom!  She said that Teagan was a very good brusher, her teeth were nice and clean.  Nicely spaced too.

After the tooth check, the dentist asked if we wanted Teagan to have a fluoride treatment.  Sure, anything to help prevent any possible cavity and actual dental work.  Raspberry flavored!  Again, Teagan was very good with the application, nervously compliant.  She gave Teagan a lollipop to have 45 minutes or so after the application to help seal it.  No juice or soda (like that’s a problem!) for the rest of the day, only milk and water.


Teagan was super excited afterwards, when the dentist gave her a treat bag, with a new toothbrush, and a few toys.  Teagan called the dentist, and the hygienist, her friends.  Of course, she immediately lost the toy ring that was in there, probably behind the fish tank.  Oh well.  Teagan played with her new trinkets while enjoying her lollipop at the kitchen table.

Ashlin, on the other hand, was not as good with the dentist.  She sat on my lap, and did not like the light, and cried when the dentist tried to look in her mouth.  She asked the order that Ashlin’s teeth came in, and said that we needed to watch for the top front.  There could be a problem if they weren’t in after a month and a half.  That it’s not usual for teeth to come in out of order.  She wasn’t too worried, as you can clearly see the bumps that are the nascent teeth, but we did need to keep an eye out.  Dr. Google was no help, really.

Anyway, the dentist said that Ashlin doesn’t have the nice spacing between teeth – the few she has! – like her sister does.  Hopefully that will fix itself, but it’s way too early, and too few teeth, to worry about.

Next appointment is in six months.


March 25, 2012


Look at that tooth! Our surprise tooth. And if you look closely, you can see its mate on the left, and bumpy areas in the back where the molars will be. This kid is a teething overachiever.

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March 21, 2012

Look who didn’t have an accident today!


Look who has four teeth!  Four pointy, sharp teeth!


Four teeth doesn’t mean she’s sleeping through the night yet.  But maybe…  soon…  Maybe she’ll give me a present on her birthday?


March 12, 2012

Ashlin’s been putting us through the ringer with these teeth of hers.  They can’t come through fast enough for me.  She wants to be held, but then doesn’t want to be held.  You can’t rock, or sway, or spin or swing her.  She’s not happy if you sit, nor is she happy if you stand.  She will not let you put her down, but she doesn’t want to be held.  She cries if you hold her horizontally, but also if you hold her vertically.  The teething tablets are helping a little, but not enough.  Motrin is also helping a little, but not enough.

The past two nights it’s taken somewhere between 45 minutes to an hour to get her asleep.  And then she may not stay asleep.  She comes up for air, or comforting, and then it takes another 30-45 minutes to get her back down.  Three to four (and sometimes five,) hours of sleep with just a few awake minutes of nursing and patting, but then more sleep is great.  Two to three hours of sleep, with an hour of nursing and trying to put back down is not fun.

I’m not 100% sure I do want her to have more teeth, she has become a bit bitey, and I’m not quite ready to stop nursing her.  But I do want her to not be in pain any more, to feel better.  I’d also like her to be my lovely, yet not-so-great sleeper, who would sleep (a bit!).  The one you could put down drowsy with her glow worm, and who would put herself to sleep.  I’d also like her to stop biting.

Is that too much to ask?


March 11, 2012

Look at me, Mommy!

Today we met up with friends at a playground on the beach.  Awesome!

We moved out of the area before we really started going to playgrounds.  Teagan was not even one when we did.  It’s not that there aren’t nice playgrounds where we are now, but they aren’t quite as scenic.  Having the water as a backdrop adds a bit of appeal.

The morning was warm, but a bit windy.  I forgot a blanket to cover Ashlin with.  But other than that, we got out of the house pretty quickly, with not too much stress.  Teagan sang the “adventure” song as we drove off.

She was very happy to see her friend, I was happy to see her friend’s parents.  It had been too long.  So, other than the chilly wind and a small accident, it was a fun day.  We ended up having a fantastic lunch at the nearby diner.  The girls were wonderfully well behaved.  Teagan shared with her sister, Ashlin ate everything put in front of her.

Once home, Teagan went down easily for a nap.  Ashlin fought it for a long time.  I ended up putting the ceiling fan on and rocking her with the white noise app running.  You could see that her teeth were really bothering her.  I napped a bit too.  Don’t tell :)  Both girls ended up napping for about three hours.  Amazing.  Beach air does wonderful things for naps.

I could go for another sunny day at a beach play ground again, soon.


March 9, 2012 ~ look at those teeth!


Teeth! Look at them! Upper right is through, upper left almost, and the two front not too far behind.

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March 9, 2012

Go the Fu*k to Sleep

Did I mention four teeth?  One is almost all the way through, the other eye tooth is pushing and bulging.  You can see the outlines of the two front teeth now.  She may not look like a short hockey player, after all.  Or, if she does, not for long.  Maybe her birthday pictures will be nice…

She didn’t sleep well last night, and is very unsettled tonight.  I think she’s got more going on in her mouth than both motrin and the teething tablets can help.  She’s been surfacing a bit, crying, needing a rock and snuggle, new round on her glowworm.

Teeth suck.


March 7, 2012

ImageSo, Ashlin has two teeth coming in.  Two!  I thought yesterday it was just one, but today, I saw that the one on the other side is also trying to push through.  

She was such a cranky pants two nights ago, that yesterday we stopped for some Teething Tablets.  The way the night went, She got put to bed before without giving her anything.  She was true to form though, and was up within an hour or so, and I gave her two then.

At first she did not like the little pills in her mouth and tried to spit them out.  I held the first one in, and it dissolved quickly.  The second one, she tried to tongue it out, but I gently changed her mind.  

She quickly calmed down.  It was like magic.  I rocked her a little, humming, and watched as the tension oozed from her.  Within 15 minutes of getting the tablets, she was calm and dozy again.  She went down, and stayed. Awesome.

Well, she stayed for about 5 hours, but that’s fantastic for her.

The teeth that are coming in are the eye teeth.  Not the top front, oh, no!  The eye teeth.  Stu said she’s going to look like a hockey player.  It’ll be hilarious!  I hope I can get a picture of her them when they come through.  

Now, the first is cut through, but barely.  The other one hasn’t cut through yet, but it could   cut through tomorrow.  Though knowing how her teeth have been coming, it will be next month.  Thankfully, it seems the tablets are helping.  I haven’t given her motrin since Monday.

I wonder how many teeth she’ll have by her birthday?


March 4, 2012

It’s been a long day, although somehow I was able to sneak in not one but two naps, and I want to get to Once Upon A Time on the DVR before the baby cries again.  She’s been bizarrely cranky tonight, and just doesn’t want to stay down.  She’s also started biting again, so I think there may be teeth working their way out.  Not that I’m complaining too much, 11 months and only two teeth so far has been a dream.  It wasn’t this easy nursing Teagan, who had many more sharp bity teeth much, much earlier.  Still, it would be nice if Ashlin didn’t bite at all.  Because, damn!  Those teeth are sharp!

So, we spent the weekend up at my parents, for my dad’s birthday.  LaLa, of course, did her shopping magic and had fun new toys for the girls…  My little Irish Princesses.  Princesses who worship their grandparents.

Beautiful Irish Princess

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January 16, 2012

Standing Tall!

Lookie who pulled herself up today!  With no help at all.  Up until today, she’s always pulled up on me, or someone, who gave a little bit of help, moving a hand to give her better traction, better leverage.  Up until today, she’s tried to pull up, but wasn’t able to get all the way.  Today, she succeeded.

Then stood there, playing with her sister’s toys for about 10 minutes.  I let her.  By the end, her legs were quivering from the exertion.    I think she left some drool on her sister’s creepy scout doll.  She was so proud of herself.

Five minutes after that, she crawled.  Forward.

After that morning nap, she got herself back up to a sitting position from a “superman” belly on the floor.

So many milestones in one day.  This would explain some of the crawling around, fitful sleep she’s been doing lately.  She “crawls” around the crib in her sleep, trying to roll over, stand, move forward.  Then she gets lost and cries.  Silly girl.

Now, all we need are the teeth to finish cutting through.  Both bottom teeth are there, just below the surface, little white Chicklets.  They’re not hindering her eating, oh no!  But they are interfering with her nursing.  And that’s just no fun for me, even though I haven’t been taking the Fenugreek lately to increase  supply.

I would also like her to say “mama” to me.  Not just say it when I’m not there, or on the other side of the room.  She can, but she won’t say it to me.  Still.

But for now, the babies are sleeping.  And it’s snowing outside.  But it’s warm inside and I have a snuggly blanket.