Ease teething pain naturally

Ease teething pain naturally

Hell hath no fury like an 18 month old cutting 4 molars at once. These last few months, I’ve traded in sleep for coffee. Good thing I like coffee. Lack of sleep = lack of coherence. If you find this post disjointed, now you know why. Sleep is really good for brains. I’ll bet in the case of a zombie apocalypse my pickled cerebrum would be in no immediate danger.

Procreating. What a trip. Being a mother has elicited emotions in me that I simply didn’t know existed. Did you know it was possible to feel seething anger and total loving sympathy for someone at the very same instant? For while my sweet baby is in agonizing pain that I very much sympathize with, I am congruently dealing with an unreasonable, sleepless, manic breastfeeding monster, sporting newly sprouted teeth to bite me with. And she does bite.

But really how can you stay annoyed with this little face… You can’t. You just can’t.

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This snarly little face is so precious to me. I wasn’t prepared for how much I would adore my child. I mean, I figured I’d love my baby but until I actually made her and watched her grow up and morph into this awesome little person who says I love you and counts to three… well words are empty and completely insufficient in expressing it. My heart explodes every day and every day I put the pieces back together only to have it break open again. Loving someone like this is exhausting… especially when you hate them sometimes. But you could never hate her, I mean… LOOK at her.

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Anyway, back on course brain! Her teeth… and her poor swollen little gums… and my pickled brain. I’ll do nearly anything to help soothe her pain and get my family some sleep. Because I am the tree hugging hippie that I am, I prefer to find a natural alternative to benzocaine. In my sleepless desperation, I’ve been trying all the remedies out there. Here are the three that have helped:

Barley water: Barley has natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and is super easy to make. Soak 1 cup of barley overnight and then cook barley with 2 1/3 cups of water for about 15 minutes. Drain excess cooking water and save. Once it has cooled you can either just rub some on inflamed gums or much more fun, use it to make teething popsicles! Here is a rad little recipe if you’re interested.

Chamomile oil: Also naturally antiseptic and anti-inflammatory as well as very soothing. We’ve rubbed some of this oil on her gums in the middle of the night and after hours of being up she is finally able to conk out.

German chamomile hydrosol:  A hydrosol is essentially flower water, or the stream distillate of the plant matter. Hydrosols are like essential oils but are far less concentrated, therefore they can be used undiluted on skin. I’ve used this hydrosol on her diaper rash and on her gums and have noticed a instant calming effect, both in her disposition and topically.

Our earth provides. It’s incredible how healing plants can be. I’m hoping these methods can bring your baby some relief and you even a few hours of sleep. Speaking of, my brain is officially shutting down. Over and out.

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2 years of wedded bliss

2 years of wedded bliss

Two years ago today I married the sweetest man ever to live. I try not to question how it is that the stars aligned to bring this prince into my life. Pondering questions such as these often leaves me a little lost and bewildered, down a path I don’t remember starting on. All I know for sure is that I am an extremely lucky woman to call him mine.

Our day to day looks like any other married couple’s might. We are woken at around 6:15 AM by our 17 month old. She comes into bed with us and we relax together for 30 minutes while she breastfeeds. Or more specifically, I try to relax as she climbs my tired body and does somersaults while kneeing me in the ribs. Chris, my husband, gets up, does his morning routine and heads off to work. When he returns to me again around 6:00 PM, we kiss and talk about our respective days. He tells me about the triumphs and frequent moments of boredom of working as a data consultant. I share about my day running after a beautiful, whiny toddler tornado. We have dinner, put our darling to bed and enjoy an hour or two together before retiring ourselves. Once a week we visit friends or host a dinner and once a month or so we leave town for the weekend but our normal day to day doesn’t change all that much.

May seem like a pretty mundane marriage, It’s the details though… the details that make being married to my husband a special experience. Chris sleeps hard, like a log. I sleep like a feather, flustered by the slightest shift in environment, so I often wake up under slept. He knows this and does his best to let me relax in the mornings. Every day he goes to our daughter’s bedroom, changes her diaper and brings her to me for her morning milk. All I have to do is lie there; and get kneed in the ribs. 😉 Chris makes sure to tell me I am beautiful often, even when I haven’t showered in 3 days and am covered in baby spit and chewed food. He says I love you every day and holds me close when he says it. For my 30th birthday, he took over all planning and spent months coordinating with 15 friends, taking into account people’s differing schedules and activity preferences. My husband helps me decide what to wear when I’m having trouble picking something myself. When I’m in a shitty mood he lets me vent and doesn’t hold a grudge. When we fight, he is often the one to come to me first and start the mending process. (I can be a bit stubborn about admitting fault… I’m working on it.)

My day to day is magical because I’m married to Chris, a man who takes care to treat each day like the miracle that it is. He inspires me to be a better person; to be more patient and compassionate; to relax and get out of my over thinking mind. Marriage can be hard. I wasn’t sure I’d ever walk down the aisle. My marriage works because I found the right man to be married to. Happy Anniversary Mister. ❤

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