Oh my goodness, look at those red cheeks! Argh! Teething is tough on those little babies. My wisdom teeth have started coming through and they hurt so much! So I completely feel for poor little Alice and he teething issues. But you know what, teething is bad on us parents sometimes too, right?
I have a confession. At night, when it's 2am and I am exhausted from the day, I am not always quite so eager to be calm and understanding towards Alice. When she wakes up screaming and I slump into her room like one of the cast of the walking dead, the last thing I feel is complete sympathy. I feel... tired. And annoyed I have had to get up. And frustrated when she wont go back to sleep straight away. And then slightly angry when she starts screaming again two seconds after I leave the room. I don't know why I am so non-understanding towards her at night sometimes. It's like I am a different person. I just immediately let myself get overwhelmed and think she is doing it all on purpose. At no point does it cross my mind that she is in actual pain and needs her mummy!
In these situations, I often have Dave come in behind me and take her from me for a few moments so I can calm down a little. Then he gives me a big hug and tells me I'm a great mum and I can do it. The second I calm down, Alice seems to calm down. And then the time just doesn't matter any more and Alice is all I care about. I sometimes think about single mums, and wonder just how they do it. Day in, day out, through teething and tantrums. I mean, wow. But I do need to learn to calm down a little quicker when Alice wakes up at night. And learn to be a little more patient.
Teeth, teeth, teeth. You cause nothing but pain, for all of us. Please come through quickly!