I really never thought that we would get to this point. I remember vividly how I felt back in February and March, when we were counting Silas' age in weeks instead of months, and the idea of him being six-months-old and cutting teeth seemed impossible to me. In my mind, six-month-olds were big babies. They're practically talking, right? My tiny little bug could never be that big, could he? But here we are and we're doing things that I couldn't wrap my mind around just a short while ago. Rolling and rolling to the point that we have to make some adjustments to our co-sleeping arrangement in the name of safety. Scooting and pivoting so much that I can no longer trust that he'll be in the same place on the floor if I leave him for a moment. Smiling and laughing and showing off his two shiny brand new bottom teeth. The funny thing is that our nights are far more similar to those early days than I anticipated: up every hour and a half, falling asleep in the rocking chair, tears. But our days are very different: banging toys, preparing to crawl, and gnawing on everything.
I finished this knotted teething doll for him in the nick of time to sooth his poor little gums; the knotted feet fitting perfectly between his chompers. He's been a champ about it, really. Even on the first night when he would awaken with a start and cries of pain every half hour, he would still laugh and coo once we were up with him. On the advice of everyone, I had some baby acetaminophen drops on hand to use "just in case." We did use them that first night and I wish that we hadn't. I didn't read the ingredient list until the next morning and it has high fructose corn syrup in it. I gave myself quite the mental beating about it. Six months of absolutely nothing but breast milk and the first non-mama's-milk thing to go in his tummy has the one thing in it that I try to avoid above all else. Sigh. Such is life.
So, we've ditched the drops and are relying on the standbys of cool wet washcloths wrapped around ice cubs, wooden teething rings, and now this little cloth doll. I've been coveting one from Nova Naturals for quite awhile, but I figured it was something that I could try my hand at making. I followed this pattern (my first time cutting out from a pattern, ever!) and used organic cotton terry cloth. It's not exactly how I envisioned it and I have grand plans of modifying the pattern and trying again, but for right now...it's perfect.