Pearly Whites

I can’t stop staring at this picture:

All smiles at Gray's Lake

True, I’ve posted dozens of pictures just like this before…nothing new to note here.  Or is there?  Look past the cute outfits.  Look past the chubby thighs.  Look past the crazy ponytailed hair {and Jovie’s crazy bouffant}.  Look past all that stuff and what do you see?


Rowan’s got ’em.  Jovie has a couple.  Sienna has…

Well…Sienna has a whole mouthful of those big pearly whites.  And while they may look cute now, Missy and I were driven close to the edge as those…those central incisors…those lateral incisors…those…teeth…were pushing through.

Baby books don’t prepare you for times like those.  No naps and sleepless nights? Sure, I expected that. That is…I expected that at nine weeks, not at nine months.  Yet there we were, wide awake at 3:30 on the dot, night after night, just as the previous round of pain medicine had worn off.  Sienna’s tiny whimper would begin to crackle over the nursery monitor, and soon grow into a full-blown whine. Each night we’d lay in the dark listening to her and arguing over who’s turn it was to get up and administer her next dose of infant-ibuprofen.

When the morning dawned after our first full night of sleep in over a week, Sienna had a new surprise for us: fangs.

White Fang(s)

Yes, she looked pretty goofy, but at least we were back to getting a decent nights rest.  If things continued to developmentally progress as they had with the other two girls, Rowan was due for hers next.  However, we thought, since she is the better sleeper, things (hopefully) won’t be as bad.

No less than a week later, there we were…waking at the same unearthly hour, to the same forlorn whimper.  Only…it wasn’t Rowan as we had expected…but Sienna. Again.  Her two front teeth had decided to make an appearance to the party as well.  Goodbye sleep.  While it was frustrating to keep waking up so early, our hearts just broke for her as we knew that she was really hurting.  “Couldn’t there be a way to just have them all come in overnight instead of dragging the process out like this?” we muttered in our groggy stupor.

I guess we should start buying infant pain meds in bulk.

After another long, exhausting week, Sienna was up to six teeth (which was pretty crazy to us, considering that the other two girls still only had their two bottom teeth…!).  Luckily, once her front teeth had finally pushed through, Sienna was back to being her old playful self again…

Back to normal!

…and Missy and I were back to getting a decent nights rest again.

That is…until the next round…which we are sure will be Rowan.

Or Jovie.

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{Currently, Sienna still leads the tooth count at six.  Rowan has four and is pushing number five and six, and Jovie is working on her third. We will be sure to keep you updated with the latest tallies!}

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About Tom Hardinge

Loving husband to my wife Missy, loving father to my four daughters Sienna, Rowan, Jovie, and Lola. I'm a chronic over-packer who loves good coffee, good music, running, waffle tee's, fleece pants, and Jesus Christ!

2 thoughts on “Pearly Whites

  1. Great Blog Babe! The teeth do freak me out. You know I hate teeth, mine and baby ones when coming in. Lets invent a mouth guard that calms all nerves so babies won’t cry for 4 months straight.

  2. Such joyful little faces! Still, though, I totally feel for you with the middle-of-the-night awakenings. If it wasn’t Chad waking me, it’s been 40 years of hospital calls and having to get up and get dressed and start racing to the O.R. Hopefully, it will only be occasionally for you after all these teeth arrive. And, atleast you’ll get to crawl back in bed most of the time. But, I hear you, believe me. Glad to see Missy troopin’ on with a smile! Love you guys.

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