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I blame Charles Darwin

November 19, 2012

or as they say on Twitter #CharlesDarwin #Fail

If evolution was all it’s cracked up to be we’d still have the dodo and more importantly (in my universe right now) teething wouldn’t hurt … it would be a doddle (not a dodo) and wouldn’t involve pain or sleepless nights.

Dear oh dear, teeth are important essentials in the scheme of things so why why why can’t the body have evolved a less grotty way of bringing them to the surface? My normally cheery chipper small person is currently fluctuating from stoic good humour to (at night) howls of pain … not endless crying but while she sleeps a sudden howl will come and she will shove her hand, her night time bunny, her Snoopy … anything close really into her mouth and then drool all over it and fall back to sleep. She’s even developed a little red patch on either side of her mouth from all the drooling … she has one full tooth through now, at the bottom on the left, and a bit of one on the top and other than that nothing to show …

She has a bit of a temperature, which I gather is par for the course, and a snuffly nose and bless her poor exploding buttocks she is getting though nappies at a rate of knots and has developed a rather sweet almost melancholy way of smiling before  they become windy buttocks. Afterwards she looks rather proud, beams and then claps … you’d think she was a rugby player.

Poor Hope, it has coincided with coming back here to England and leaving behind the warmth of southern California, no longer able to loll in a nappy and a swim suit or a vest or a pretty little sun dress and sit looking at the sea from under the shade of beach umbrella, she has to wear tights, vests, tops, dresses, cardigans, coats, hats, gloves (not popular) and even a zip up pink furry thing that makes her look like a cross between the honey monster and a marshmallow … I’d like to think she blames Charles Darwin for that as I do for the teething, but I think she blames me.

what is with this weather?

Anyway, as a consequence of temperature and teething we are both a little fractious and lacking in sleep and we both have bags under our eyes … she seems more clingy than usual but I guess that is inevitable if she is hurting and bemused as to what pain is and why. So, Mr Darwin, if you’re out there on some evolving cloud somewhere chatting with the dodo and a whole raft of extinct lemurs, have a word and see what you can do about teething pain and side effects. Chip chop … thank you!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 20, 2012 10:43 am

    Oh bless the little thing. And you! I found distraction was the best thing for teething – chamomile powders and the TV – despite advice against the latter – a bit doesn’t hurt when they’re in pain. Sending you my best XXX

    • November 20, 2012 3:50 pm

      thank you … TV not an option for Hope at night, I’ve been very strict about that and am happy with the decision … earlier in the evening maybe and during the day reading to her and playing works well but yes distraction seems to be the best policy … thank you so much … I am also need to try alternative powders as the Teetha doesn’t seem to do much … chewing cold dry apple pieces and random plastic toys seems to help!! x

  2. Olivia permalink
    December 2, 2012 3:32 am

    Sorry – what? I don’t think that you exactly have your facts right scientifically or historically. I know this was light-hearted and wasn’t the main point of your post (poor baby! She is adorable, by the way), but I’d like to say Charles Darwin didn’t create evolution, he discovered it. Evolution has been happening in all species since the beginning of time and will never stop. It will also take millions and millions of years for a species as complex as humans to evolve even slightly noticeably. So you can hardly blame him.

    • December 4, 2012 1:57 pm

      thanks for posting Olivia … and yes it was tongue in cheek and I’m aware Charles Darwin isn’t responsible for evolution … and that evolution takes millions of years … however I do wonder that over time we have evolved and maybe in another million years (assuming the planet is still here and children are being born) teething won’t be such a vile experience … thanks for your compliment, yes she is lovely … sorry for an annoying post and thank you for taking the time to read it!

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