The Curse of the 6 Year Molars

by Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) on February 19, 2009 · 20 comments

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The Princess Nagger has really been a nag this week…for good reason. Her 6 year molars are trying their best to come in. Add to that hubby has a sinus infection so he took Monday off, and has been coming home early from work. I’m trying very hard to not catch it, though he generously decided to share with me, so you’d think it was PMS week rather than just a hectic ‘off’ week this week.

Hubby’s sinus infection leads to snoring – very loud snoring. So in order to not have a repeat performance of me kicking and elbowing him so I can sleep (and having him fall out of bed like he did one time…*giggle!*) he opted to sleep in the other room last night so I could get some sleep. That didn’t last long. The Princess Nagger climbed in bed with me and complained about her mouth hurting. So I went downstairs and got the children’s ibuprofen so she could sleep. It didn’t work. It seemed to wake her up. So while hubby was loudly snoring peacefully sleeping in the other room, I had a 6 year old molar-growing monster keeping me awake all night. Every time I would just drift off to sleep, she’d ask me a question.

Princess Nagger: “Did this ever happen to you when you were 6?”

Me: “Did what ever happen to me when I was 6?”

Princess Nagger: “Did your six-year molars come in when you were 6?”

Me: “I’m sure they did…go to sleep.”

Princess Nagger: >sigh< Drifting off to dreamland…..

Princess Nagger: “Can I go back to my Kim Possible backpack tomorrow?”

Me (trying to shake off the fog): “What?”

Princess Nagger: “Can I go back to my Kim Possible backpack tomorrow? It’s purple which is my favorite color and it fits much better in the cubby because the other one is a little bit too big but I don’t know where the Kim Possible backpack is so if I can use it can you find it for me?”

Me: “Yes, I’ll get it out in the morning. Now can you please go to sleep, I’m tired!

Princess Nagger: “OK, Mama.”

Drifting off to sleep……….

Princess Nagger: “Thanks for saying yes, Mama.”

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! So needless to say, this sleep-depriving conversation mode went on sporadically through the night. When the alarm went off at 5:20am this morning, I hit the snooze button. When it came back on, the radio station I had it set to was reviewing the weather for the next few days, so after they got done speculating on possible snow flurries the next few days, I turned off the alarm. Only to find a Princess Nagger sitting next to me. Wide awake.

I tried to convince her to go back to sleep – after all, it was still dark out and I needed to make coffee and see Dada off to work. It didn’t work. She followed me into the bathroom, then got herself dressed while I got dressed, and we both went to wake Dada up from his snoring slumber.

Now that Dada’s off to work, I’m taking a few extra minutes in the Summer House to post this so as to apologize and explain my absence from the World Wide Web yesterday – and possibly today. Of course the Princess Nagger just called me on the intercom to announce that she’s hungry…but she can’t chew so I have to figure out what to feed her for breakfast. I’m thinking I’ll make an exception to the rule and let her have ice cream for breakfast.

Meanwhile, I’m appealing to all the mommies out there that have already gone through the 6 year molar phase – since ibuprofen doesn’t seem to eliminate the pain that is in her mouth, and when I put Orajel on her gums this morning, not only did she not like the taste, but a few minutes later asked “When does it start working?”… What worked for you? How long does it usually take for the molars to finally completely break through the gums? What helped get your 6 year old through the molar pain, and what were they willing to eat until they stopped hurting? I can’t feed her soup and ice cream for all her meals… :)

UPDATE: Poor Princess Nagger – the school nurse called me this afternoon when there was only 40 minutes of school left asking me to come pick up the Princess Nagger…so the poor thing’s ‘Perfect Attendance’ was thwarted by a whole 20 minutes by the time I got there and the office finally went to the nurse’s office to retrieve the sad-eyed Little Princess. We stopped at the local grocery store on the way home and loaded up on Chicken and Stars soup – since she doesn’t have to chew those tiny little stars (and we lucked out – the ‘Soup at Hand’ version was on sale!).

I also picked up a slew of pudding (did you know that Jelly Beans now has their own version of pudding – and one of the flavors she wanted was ‘buttered popcorn’? Ewwww for me, but if she likes it…*grin!*) so she won’t be limited to soup, ice cream and applesauce. And yes, I did let her have ice cream for breakfast…  She cuddled with me on the couch when we got home and fell asleep for about an hour-and-a-half on my lap. Poor thing looks so forlorn! No one I talked to remembers their child’s 6-year molars…so I guess that’s a good thing, because once all this trauma has passed we won’t remember it, either. (grin!!)

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1 annie kelleher February 19, 2009 at 7:29 am

aw, soup, ice cream, rice pudding, cheesecake – oops forget cheesecake – yogurt… there’s some thoughts :). poor little thing… i think ice packs on the face might help…

2 blueviolet February 19, 2009 at 7:51 am

I actually don’t remember anything about the six year molars! How is that possible?

3 Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) February 19, 2009 at 8:29 am

@annie kelleher: Good suggestions, Annie! She doesn’t like rice, so she refuses to eat rice pudding… I keep offering her apple sauce, but she says “But Mama, it’s too short!” meaning she eats it too fast and she’s still hungry…heh, heh! Hmmmm…have to get more yogurt – that’d be good and might fill her more than apple sauce… :) I thought about ice packs, too – think I’ll try it to see if it helps! :) THANKS! :)

@blueviolet: LOL Elizabeth! I REALLY hope this will be a foggy memory soon…the Drama Queen has been in full force the last couple of days…I’m mentally exhausted! LOL!!!

4 Anne February 19, 2009 at 9:02 am

I wish I could help, but I don’t remember 6 year old molars. It sounds miserable. I guess I have something to look forward to with my six year old. Ugghh. I hope it ends soon for you!

5 Casey February 19, 2009 at 10:33 am

Oh no, those all nighters can really wear you down. We’re heading toward the two year molars which are supposed to be pretty bad. If you find any magical cures, let me know. I hope everyone feels better soon and you get some uninterrupted sleep!

6 I am Harriet February 19, 2009 at 11:30 am

Cool.
One more comment and I can catch Annie :)

7 Heather February 19, 2009 at 11:42 am

Ugh….I don’t remember either!!! Maybe it was that bad too and I’ve blocked it out!!! :)

8 LiLu February 19, 2009 at 11:50 am

I’ve always heard a little bourbon doesn’t hurt…

just sayin!

9 vsm/whirling dirvish photography February 19, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Wait… 6 years old get molars… shit!!!
Drambuie… it’s sweet, medium in the alchol content, and kiddos love it. (at least i did)
My mom would give me about a half a shot glass full (2 tbsp) when I would lose a tooth and I would fall asleep promply after…

10 Nicole February 19, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Ouch! I have a few years till Kate is six–but I’ll be back to see what the verdict is… Hope you all get some rest tonight :)

11 Firefly February 19, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Oh man hope she feels better :) I love her conversations so cute :)

12 Jenn February 19, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Why is it that kids always come up with the strangest requests while we are trying to sleep? My son who is 6 not only has to deal with the molars BUT had his 4 top teeth pulled when he was 2.. ( under anesthesia… a 4 hour surgery… UGHH) and his gums have completely closed over the last 4 yrs… so IMAGINE my surprise when he woke up last week swollen to the sky with the top adult teeth trying to force their way thru the closed up gums… UGHH… a little shot of Nyquil works wonders in our house… Does Princess have a runny nose? Trev does.. think its the teeth!

13 Jenni Jiggety February 19, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Ice cream for breakfast! You’re the best!

14 Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) February 19, 2009 at 5:50 pm

@Anne: She does seem really miserable, poor thing…hopefully the molars will break through the gums soon so the pain will go away!

@Casey: My brain is definitely in a fog from lack of sleep… :) For her 2-year molars, I think I used one of those teething things that had saline in it where you keep it in the fridge to make it cold…she liked that, so the 2 year molars seemed to pass quickly. With the 6-year molars, she doesn’t want anything in her mouth, so I can’t get her to suck on ice cubes or even hold an ice pack on her cheek to help… I did get her to eat a frozen pop yesterday, so I think I’ll make some juice popsicles and see how she does with those… :)

@I am Harriet: LOL Harriet! :)

@Heather: That’s too funny, Heather – seems everyone has ‘blocked out’ the 6 year molar stage… :)

@LiLu: LOL LiLu! I suggested it to the Princess Nagger…she gave me a look like I was crazy and said “No thanks.” I thought about putting Kahlua in her milk, but remembered it’s got caffeine in it, so that would backfire on me…heh, heh!;)

@vsm/whirling dirvish photography: LOL! Yep, apparently the 6 year molars are the first of the ‘adult’ teeth…yay. :) Drambuie! You might have something there… ;) A trip to the liquor store might be in order…(grin!)

@Nicole: Enjoy these next few years, Nicole! (grin!!) Hopefully Katie won’t be as big of a Drama Queen as Savannah when she gets to this stage… ;)

@Firefly: Thanks, Firefly! Yeah, her conversations are hilarious – even in the middle of the night! LOL! :)

@Jenn@mylifewiththecrazies: LOL Jenn! My thoughts exactly… Ohhhh, your poor son! I mentioned that to the Princess Nagger – it made her feel sorry for him and forget about her pain for a little while… ;) Hmmmm…I might just sneak her a shot of Nyquil tonight to see if she’ll sleep through the night…she does have a runny nose that I’m sure is from her ‘teething’ – well, that and her crying… ;) Thanks for the tip – and good luck with your son’s teeth cutting! :)

@Jenni Jiggety: LOL! Thanks, Jenni! ;)

15 FoN February 19, 2009 at 7:16 pm

Poor thing, that sounds painful. None of my kids had issues with molars as far as I remember. Just let her eat ice cream, I say!

16 Elle February 19, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Poor thing! Does she like spaghettios? Those are soft. Okay, buttered popcorn pudding…ewwww!

17 Courtney February 19, 2009 at 11:07 pm

I am a new Follow Me member and I am now following you! :)

18 {leah} February 19, 2009 at 11:54 pm

You are a great writer. And I hope the molars are in….

{just peeking in from SITS}

19 On The Verge February 20, 2009 at 12:35 pm

I have been through those! They are terrible!! I am about to go through them again soon. Daughter #2 will be 6 this summer.

20 Laura December 6, 2009 at 10:25 pm

Oh my gosh! I was looking for someone with some helpful hints for 6 year old molar issues and found your page through the google search engine. It completely confused me at first because the picture of your daughter at the top of the page looks identical to my daughter LOL I thought it was her at first! I think they could be princess twins ROFL

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