It’s Groundhog Day around here
I have a whole new sense of appreciation for what Bill Murray’s character went through in Groundhog Day. We’ve taken to calling the baby Gums, short for Gums of Steel, because at close to sixteen months there still isn’t a tooth in her head.
But the teething is incessant lately. I collect her from crèche and they say that she has been a little off form. Her cheeks are red and she’s drooling. Maybe she’s teething. We all laugh. One of these days we’ll be right we joke.
And the truth is that she is teething. But right now she’s in that cycle where it’s all pain, no gain.
I tell a lie. Back in May, there was great excitement when a slit appeared in her gum and the faintest whisper of a bottom tooth showed through. But by the following day, it had healed over. All that work for nothing.
Each morning, she wakes with a smile. The red cheeks and woe of the previous night vanished without a trace. A quick peek in her mouth confirms she’s still toothless. You can see why as we’re approaching August and our fourth month of this I’m feeling like it’s Groundhog Day.
We’ve even adopted some of Bill’s characters tactics. We try something, and if it works we add it to the routine for the following day. Frozen Frubes have proven a great success for cooling red gums. They stay. Glasses of cow’s milk before bed seem to aggravate the teething cough, but nursing to sleep doesn’t. Bonjela offered by Mammy – no thank you. But from Daddy yes please.
I’m a total sceptic when it comes to amber teething necklaces but they’re starting to look tempting. I just have to ask myself, what would Bill Murray do?