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Teething Is Confusing

Sad teething face.

So…apparently all those times that Fern was drooling and tugging at her ears and I always said, “Oh, it must be teething.” Well…that wasn’t the real deal. Or at least I don’t think it was? Maybe it was just pre-teething if such a thing exists.

But, now I think it’s the real deal…or at least I did the other night. Now I’m not so sure. This teething thing is confusing!

Read more after the jump!

So, since Fern was about 3 months old, she’s been drooling and tugging at her ears and gnawing on everything in sight. I assumed that all of this was teething, but she never got very fussy so I wasn’t ever really sure. But, the other night she was up every hour (literally) on the half hour, wailing and tugging and her ears and chewing on her hands and she even had a low grade fever  I completely expected to wake up to a baby with a tooth the next morning.

So, imagine my surprise when I walked in the following morning to the usual gummy baby smile. No teeth. Hmmmm… That was three days ago. She had that one really rough night and even though she has still been pulling on her ears and gnawing about it’s not making her fussy like it was that night and now I’m wondering, was it really teething?

Does teething pain come and go? I just don’t get how this teething business works. I thought there would be a whole lot of fuss and then out would pop a tooth like magic, but that simply has not been the case.

What has your experience with teething been? Was it fast and furious or slow and steady?

 Any teething tips and tricks you’d like to pass my way?

Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook, or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.

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