Aaron woke up yesterday, after a very, very lousy nights sleep, a complete wreck.
He had a slight temperature, his nose was running (clear stuff) and he was drooling like crazy. He was so fussy and so tired and so miserable, exactly NOT what I wanted to see on the morning we were having company for Luke's birthday party. He didn't seem sick, his temp went down to normal with a small dose of Tylenol and eventually, after a REALLY good nap, he was a bit more congenial. The party ended up being a good time and everything was great.
I've always been one to assume that my babies are teething for lack of any other reason for their absolute grumpiness (other than the simple fact of just being a baby which, apparently, is as good of an excuse as any for being a grump when you're a baby), but ALL of my babies have been quite old when they got their first tooth.
If I were a really good mom, I'd know exactly WHERE my children's baby books were (hey, if I were a really, REALLY good mom, all of my children would actually HAVE baby books), and I'd be able to tell you the exact age all of them got their first tooth...but being that I'm just a human, struggling mommy who lacks organization above nearly all else, I can only speculate...but from what I remember (which doesn't mean a whole lot these days as my children have sucked every ounce of brain power out of me), they were all somewhere between 10 and 12 months old when they got their first tooth. Aaron is only 9 months, so it seems rather young, but so far he's done EVERYTHING (other than sleep thru the night) earlier than his siblings.
I was thinking, the only sure sign of teething he doesn't have (other than actual TEETH) is the frequent, runny, stingy poops. Well, this afternoon that changed...so I wouldn't be at all surprised if I saw a tooth very soon...at least I really, really hope that is what's causing his issues...his sleep has not been great and I really need sleep. I mean REALLY need sleep.
So for those of you who read this, please pray. Please pray that Aaron's sleep habits would change significantly for the better. Pray that he might start sleeping more independently and peacefully and LONGER. Last night (after Tylenol and teething tablets) he slept from 8ish until 6:20am...I think that was his best night--EVER. He went back to sleep until 8ish too, what a blessing. However, that was after 2 really, really horrendous nights. I could use a good 8-5 sleep on a regular basis. I really do not have qualms with the early morning waking (if he goes back to sleep), but it's the constant wakings that really get to me...as if getting up to pee every 20 minutes isn't enough to deprive me of my much needed rest!!