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!!)