{FAMILY} You Can’t Handle The Tooth!

Fact: teething bites (pun very much intended).

I’m on my third tooth-bearing child, and let me tell you, it doesn’t get any easier. No matter how much practice you get, those baby chiclets will sneak up on you, and hit you like a slap in the face. One minute your baby is sleeping well and melting your heart with sweet little smiles and giggles, and the next, the pterodactyl from within unleashes its unruly wails as those tiny little white nuggets push their way through to the surface of your poor baby’s gums.

Sleepless nights, soaked-through tops, and the biting (oh the biting!). Unfortunately, teething is inevitable. We have to let nature take its course – it’s just not optional. What is optional though, is how we deal with the disastrous childhood milestone.

As parents we have two choices: we can grin and bear it – suffer through the raw pain of parenting a teething toddler for the months (sometimes years!) of agony – or, we can numb the pain for our poor little biters by providing them with the right supplies they need to dull the distress.

Cue: Lou Lou Lollipop Teething Necklaces. Unlike many teething necklaces I’ve seen on the market, these cute little silicon-based gems come in a wide range of modern, wearable, hip designs that can be worn without looking “like a mom” when out and about with your little drooler.

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I thought so many of their designs were cute and totally wearable (I love the black one above, it looks like it’s made of wood!), but I wanted something unique that would fit with my brand/personality, so the lovely ladies of LouLou Lollipop Finery made me this beautiful custom set for my little teether and I:

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I love the colours, and my oldest daughter likes to wear the larger necklace sometimes too so she can “twin” with her baby sister.

My littlest loves to prance around with her necklace in hand and take a little nibble as she plays. It’s adorable, and it keeps her drooly gums preoccupied which is of course a big win for me.

Not only did I get my own custom set, but I’m giving away one of these lovely necklaces to one of my readers!

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Enter now for a chance to WIN your very own LouLou Lollipop teething necklace – in the design of your choice ($30 value)! Check out their site to see more styles, and enter below for your chance to win.
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About LouLou Lollipop Finery:

Lou Lou Lollipop Finery is a premium brand of modern, hip silicone accessories designed and handmade locally in Vancouver by two sisters, Eleanor and Angel.

Product features include:
* FDA approved high quality food grade silicone
* Made with non-toxic materials (no- BPA, PVC, phthalate, latex, lead, cadmium, or heavy metals)
* Features breakaway safety clasp as an added safety measure
* Silicone is anti-microbial; does not harbour bacteria or mold

Note: LouLou Lollipop teething jewelry is intended to be worn by adults. It is NOT a toy. It should not be worn by babies/children or left with any child unattended. Adult supervision is always required.


 

{FAMILY} Is My Baby On A Nursing Strike?

One morning, out of the blue, my baby stopped Nursing Strikenursing. And I don’t mean she gently weaned herself, hesitantly cocking her head to the side when offered a sip of my liquid gold as babies sometimes do. I mean – possessed, arch-backing, pterodactyl-screeching, boob-slapping refused. I was baffled.

The night before, she had sipped with satisfaction, drifting into a milk coma as babies often do when suckling mama’s sweet milk. But the following morning, it was as though I had yanked candy out of the hands of a spoiled toddler. Suddenly, my offerings elicited epic head-spinning tantrums. Even holding her in a cradled position with her head near my clothed chest set her off. I was so puzzled, what had I done wrong?

I had promised myself that I would nurse my third for a full year like I had with the first two, so I wasn’t going to let her win the battle of the boob. While she continued through the day, satisfied with the solid foods she had recently learned to ingest, I painfully pumped, and took it to Google.

Is It A Nursing Strike?

After browsing through stories of moms who proclaimed that their babies had just suddenly self-weaned, I came across an article on Nursing Strikes.

What the what? She was just over 6 months old, how the eff could my sweet little baby decide to go on strike? And what did I do to deserve it? I thought.

 A baby who refuses to breastfeed (and is not in the process of being weaned) is said to be on a “nursing strike.” A nursing strike is your baby’s way of telling you that something’s wrong. (BabyCenter)

Maybe it was because she was teething. She had been fussier than usual. Or maybe it was because she had chomped down during her last feeding, and when I squealed in pain she burst into tears. Perhaps that scared her into a nursing strike?

How I Got Through It

I pumped 2-3 times a day, and fed the milk to her through a sippy cup (which for some reason she suddenly took a liking to). Every day I would offer her a sip from the main source, and every day she continued to arch her back and turn her head. So I continued pumping, and offering. Pumping and offering. This went on for a week, and I’m not going to lie – it sucked.

And then suddenly one morning, completely out of the blue, she crawled over to my lap, climbed on, and pulled herself up so that her face was in line with my breast. She began banging her head on it, and slapping it with her hand. Doubtful, I opened my top and let it hang out.

My stubborn little striker opened her mouth, settled into my lap, and nursed like nothing had happened over the past week. Her strike was over and nursing has been smooth sailing ever since.

Fact: NO ONE is a parenting “expert”.

There’s always something new to learn when you’re a parent. Whether you’re on your first baby, or your fifth, new experiences, discoveries, challenges and fears will arise – it’s just part of the evolution of parenthood.

As a mother of three, I tend to be a bit overconfident when it comes to parenting woes. Like having a trifecta of littles automatically makes me a mothering guru – a master ninja of mamas. Which of course is completely unrealistic. As my third child transitions through the sequential milestones of her first year, this reality is becoming more and more apparent to me: I still have lots to learn.