Sunday, November 20, 2011

"It's always something"

Whenever things are going badly my mom always says, “Well, it's always something.” It's kind of her mantra.

She explains it like this: “Say your car is broken. Once you get your car fixed then your roof will be leaking. Once you get the roof fixed then your kid will be throwing up. And if your kid isn't throwing up then you need to go try and start your car 'cause it's probably broken again. That's life.”

I used to think she was just old and cynical, but now I'm starting to suspect she's right. For example, Junior had just started to sleep longer at night but this week he started teething and he's up all night again.

We couldn't figure out why he wouldn't sleep at first but then he started to show other symptoms of teething. For one, he started drooling enough gallons per hour to power a hydroelectric dam. Next, he developed an insatiable appetite for human flesh, a deep love of biting anyone who got within 20 feet of him, especially me. Once we had ruled out the possibility of him being a baby zombie, we put two and two together.

All of this makes me realize that he's getting older, and fast. Sometimes he will give me a stern look and he reminds me of my father-in-law. Granted, they do share a lot of genes, but it's still freaky.

He's also starting solid food. It wasn't easy at first, but it's getting better. Now I can feed him about a half bottle of baby food in one sitting. I feel pretty good until I realize most of the food ended up on the outside of him and me. These days I wear sweet potato colored clothing so when he inevitably spits all over me it doesn't show up so much. My kid can make a mouthful of pureed vegetables go pretty far.

All this growing up makes my wife sad, but I don't mind. She's worried about missing all his cute little baby moments but I'm like, “Psh, let's skip to the part where he sleeps through the night.”

But then we're back to “It's always something” because I'm sure that once he sleeps through the night he'll start doing something else that makes us lose sleep. Before too long I'll have to give him “the talk,” which I am not looking forward to. 

I guess it's OK if he stays a baby a little longer.

Anyone have any philosophies about wishing time away? Or know how to handle teething, carnivorous babies? Leave a comment if you please.


  1. I go through spurts of wishing time away and then missing the times when they were smaller. Constant parental battle I suppose. Teething? Buy a few plastic teethers and toss them in the freezer and give them to him(or just give him a cold carrot stick to knaw on), hyland's teething tablets can be life savers, when nighttime gets really unbearable a nice dose of motrin works wonders. Good luck!

  2. I can't exactly relate to the whole teething issue, but I can on the "it's always something" front.
    For example. In the span of about two weeks I had to get a leak or something fixed on the brake something or other, fill my car with coolant, have the headlights go out, get a flat tire, get a new pair of tires and I think that's about it.

  3. In regards to the teething tips I add baby orajel to the list and this tidbit of advice: Once he starts crawling, watch your toes!

  4. I agree to the last comment. Keep Orajel in a close proximity at all times. The drooling and chewing I think you just have to ride out, but when it starts to get painful for them you will want to be prepared. Especially because that always seems to happen at the most inconvenient time.

  5. I wouldn't doubt that Liam could drool that much, I've witnessed it.

  6. @Katrina Jackson-Never heard of Hyland's, we'll have to try it. Thanks!
    @christineleigh-Cars are the worst and a perfect example of "It's always something."
    @Dez-That freaks me out if they go for the toes!
    @Bryan Williams-Thanks, we've got tubes in the house, glove box and diaper bag now.
    @Sasquatch-And you thought I was exaggerating.

  7. Are you back from your trip to Las Vegas, Jacob?

  8. @Sasquatch- Yeah, we're back and we put some pictures up on FB. I'll post again next Sunday (I took this one off for the holiday weekend).

  9. Teething---I get a plastic sandwich bag and crushed ice. Put a washcloth around it and tie with a rubberband get the tip wet where the ice is and let baby go to town on it. My son just cut tooth number two!!


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