Pain is a great motivator. Our little girl is teething and it is misery. The poor thing wakes in the middle of the night screaming in pain.
Pre-baby, we thought teething was a bit of discomfort. Now, we see it for what it really is: baby torture. Swollen cheeks. Diarrhea. Vomit. Not eating. Even a bit of a fever one day.
May is at a disadvantage to other teething babies. Where they would pick up the nearest object and shove it into their mouths for a satisfying chew, May can not.
May tries to relieve her pain by chomping on her hand, but it is a challenge. The most difficult thing for her to do is use her arm at the shoulder. She can pull her forearm in towards her mouth, but that shoulder is key for lifting the arm that extra inch.
But, like I said, pain is a great motivator and May delights us jamming her fist into her mouth while making a satisfying “gah-gah-gah” sound as she gnaws away.
It’s a bittersweet delight, of course, since she is not doing it to prove her dexterity. But, while I’m on the subject, she also makes this adorable “Ow!” sound when she is in pain. Like an actual word!
I’m a terrible mother.