teething

and a SHOUT OUT to…

LILY!!!!!

Lily is 7 months today.

I can’t believe how fast time is going by. I want to freeze time but I know I can’t.

At 7 months, Lily has 2 bottom teeth, is crawling, wants to walk, loves the water, loves books and can now flip pages by herself, eats all sorts of organic homemade food and only breast feeds 2-3 times a day, she sleeps almost through the entire night (goes to bed at 8pm, wakes once during the night and wakes up at 7am.), she is smiling more and more every day and baby talks a lot also!

She is such an amazing baby and we can’t imagine our lives without her.

We love you Lily.

HAPPY 7 MONTHS!!!

Here is Lily at the beach yesterday. Lily wears a hoodie by Old Navy.

Things we LOVE!

I’m not sure if it’s the fact that maybe her teeth are not bothering her as much or if she’s happier with the fact that she can finally move around on her own but, lately Lily is a whole different baby.

She smiles more and she’s been talking up a storm also. (Baby talk of course)

Not that we didn’t enjoy her before but, this is a whole new Lily and we LOVE it!!!!

Here are some shots of Lily from yesterday fully enjoying herself on our bed.

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Breast feeding JAWS

Lily has 2 teeth on the bottom now. And let me tell you that when they first one came in, breast feeding was no pleasure!

Before her first tooth showed up, due to teething, every time I would breast feed Lily, she would clamp down on my nipple and pull it as her head would turn to the side. (Not fun!)

Of course I would ask her not to do it but this didn’t have much effect at all.

Then, that tooth came in and everything changed. I actually thought I had to stop breast feeding right then and there.

She bit down so hard on my right nipple once, she actually made it bleed. I saw stars!!

I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want to scream (even though that’s what I really wanted to do) so I wouldn’t startle her.

I quickly remembered what Naeemah (our birthing classes teacher) recommended to us mommies when the teeth would come in.

So, I pinched Lily’s nose and she let go of my nipple.

I was terrified. Will she do it every time she breast feeds? Can I stand it? Will I get used to it (NO!)? Do I have to give up breast feeding already? (Sad.)

The next time i was getting ready to breast feed Lily, I was scared. I burst out in cold sweats. I could feel the fear my nipples were sending off.

She did it again. She bit me. Again I saw stars. Again I pinched her nose and asked her not to bite.

Every time I went to breast feed Lily, I would burst into cold sweat. Breast feeding was no longer something soothing and pleasurable. Not for me anyway.

It was like looking at JAWS. That little tooth was like a shark’s mouth full of pointy and sharp teeth. When it was time to breast feed, I was as scared of Lily as I am of sharks.

Then I thought about fear and dogs. (Not that I’m comparing Lily to a dog)

Dogs sense fear. And often when they do, that’s when they bite.

I decided to try to stop being scared when it came time to breast feed. It took a lot of preparation but, I would calm myself (and my nipples) down before Lily would latch on and….it worked!

She stopped biting me while breast feeding. 🙂

I’m not sure if it was the nose pinching, me asking her to please not bite, or the fact that she finally realized that she had a tooth in her mouth but for now she is no longer biting me.

I hope it stays that way.

Here is my little JAWS, I mean Lily with her killer teeth. 😉

Must have of the day

PATIENCE!!!!

Lily is feisty, short tempered, testing her vocals, teething and the moon is in Scorpio!!!

Wish me luck.

Here she is with some strong looks on her face. One that says: “What this foot? What are you going to do about it mommy?”. And the other that says: “I know you asked me to put my foot down a thousand times but here it is again. I’m just testing you mommy….”.

Must have of the day

Lily is either teething or she is going through a phase of wanting to put everything in her mouth. I mean EVERYTHING!

That’s why this eco friendly cornstarch Hand Teether by Green Sprouts that we found on Inhabitots is a “Must”!

It is PVC, BPA, and petroleum free, and the soft parts are made of silicone. No synthetic or toxic materials. It is biodegradable and compostable. So basically, it is totally baby safe.

And…it comes in a set of 2! 🙂