Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Port In a Storm

Oh man, last night was killer. Port went down around 9:00 and slept pretty peacefully until about midnight. He stirred as usual, and so after a failed attempt at getting him settled in his crib, I picked him up and put him in bed with me. I laid him down as I normally do, popped the bottle in his mouth and he suddenly started wailing. I flipped him over to the other side of me thinking he was uncomfortable and he just screamed and screamed. He screamed like that for over an hour. It was a pain scream. He would calm down and then the pain would rush over him like a wave and he would push against me and claw at me and flip himself around. If I touched him anywhere on his face he would scream even harder. I thought for sure it was an ear infection, because he would lay his head on my shoulder and then draw it back like I bit him. I finally got a finger in his mouth and felt around a little only to find a big spot on his lower gum that was puffy and soft. I guess tooth number 5 is about to make an appearance.

He had already had some motrin so I tried putting Oragel on his gums but that did nothing except tick him off. I tried to get him to chew on something cold, a wet wash cloth, anything and he wasn't letting me anywhere near his mouth. Finally, I took out some of the teething tablets I had (that we've tried before but they never seemed to work) and I crushed a few of them up in a spoon of water. I poured the solution into his mouth and he instantly relaxed. I don't know if it was just great timing that he had finally worn himself out, or if the dang things actually worked. Whatever the case, it afforded me a little rest before he got fussy again. Thankfully he didn't do any more of the screaming, but he slept fitfully, so I didn't sleep. I was able to pop him back in the crib for about an hour in the middle of the night and it was just enough for me to get the feeling back in my arm.


Today my little Port turns 10 months old.

Man, has time flown by! Didn't I just have him yesterday?He is getting so big, and he amazes me every day. A couple of weeks ago he started shaking his head "no". He's almost walking (any day now I think) and he has 3 1/2 teeth.

I am guessing he weighs about 25 pounds now and he is in the middle of a growth spurt. His 12-18 month pants are a bit snug, and his medium Fuzzi Bunz are starting to leave that tell-tale mark around his chubby thighs.

He loves baths, and often will take me to the bathroom and beg at the tub. It's funny though because once he is in the bath, he only wants to stay there for about 10 minutes and then he is done.

Port is a stinker through and through. Hubby and I are starting to worry about what may be in store with him. He intentionally does things he knows he shouldn't, just to get a rise out of us. His favorite pastimes right now are getting into the dog and cat food dishes, dumping the water bowl, and dropping things off of his high chair tray. The evil little grin that sweeps across his face is absolutely priceless! I just know we are going to have our work cut out for us with him. Kiddo was just a warm up.

Port is very stubborn about getting his way. If he wants to do something, there is no distracting him or redirecting him. He gets sooooooo mad! I have never seen such a youngin' get so angry over stuff. Kidd was so laid back and easy going and Port is nothing like that.

He has this funny little habit of tossing things behind him. When he is playing with toys, he will discard them by tossing them behind him. I have watched him work his way through an entire bucket of cars, tossing each one behind him as he goes. I have been trying to catch it on video - hopefully I can get it soon.

I can't believe we will be celebrating his first birthday soon! I am just amazed at how quickly this past year has gone.

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Julia said...

Port weighs almost as much as C does! :-) Sorry that you're having such a tough go with the teething in your household too. That sounds just like my night. How many of those teething tablets can you give at once? I need to know max dosage b/c something has to give around our parts too. The tossing away things, yep. N just started that, and it drives me crazy, especially the food off the booster seat tray.

Julia said...

The pictures are priceless. That first one, he just looks like he's up to some kind of mischief.

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