miss leila is growing each day and with that growth comes challenges. yippeee! so i have some questions and topics of discussion for you mamas.
1. sooo teething sucks.
i've been giving leila tylenol to ease the pain of teething at night, and the pedi has recommended alternating that with motrin. orajel wasn't very effective for her. does anyone use the dissolving tablets? i've heard mixed reviews on their safety due to the presence of belladonna. she has some teething toys during the day, but i'm talking about making her more comfortable at night. other suggestions?
2. i'd like to minimize baby concussions.
yesterday we had two head hitting incidents. first, leila was banging on her xylophone and plummeted face first into the toy. then she was sitting up on her blanket in the kitchen and while transitioning to crawling, she lost her balance and fell sideways onto the tile. we usually play in the carpeted loft, but i was making dinner at the time so there wasn't much to be done. i tried to imagine her crawling with a bears helmet on, but perhaps we shouldn't take that route. while making dinner tonight, i positioned a couple of sofa cushions around her, but of course she crawled off and sat elsewhere away from the cushions, lol. should i just steer clear of kitchen playtime until she's mastered her balance? and uh, do they ever really master it?
3. if dex thinks my undies are a toy, you can imagine his love of leila's things.
it turns out rattling and squeaking are beloved by dogs and babies alike. and our dogs don't know the difference between their toys and leila's. i truly think they believe they are being bestowed new toys on a daily basis when they discover one of leila's they hadn't experienced before. thoughts on how to help the pups distinguish between the two? or is this a lost cause?
4. let's talk about snot.
leila has had a nonstop cough and runny nose for about a month. she's been to the pedi and there's no ear infection or anything like that. the cough appears to be from the drainage going into her throat, and our best guess is that the runny nose is part of teething. i'm a full-time engineer and part time snot wiper. it's kind of grossing me out. any suggestions on how to minimize the facial gunk? how long did this phase go on for y'all?