After another exhausting night (she didn't fall asleep until 10:30pm, woke up at 2am, 2:30am and 4:30am), I was texting my friend, jokingly asking if all babies turn difficult at three months. She texted back, asking if there's a chance she could be teething. We went back and forth over the symptoms and yep, Penny has most of them.
Symptoms: Drooling more, having difficulty nursing, whining/crying, chewing on hands more, trouble sleeping.
Well, hold your horses there. Babies can start as early as three months. It doesn't mean they will get their teeth right away, but the process could be starting. Every baby is on a different time table, so while one could start teething at three months, another could wait until she's twelve months! Everything in the books is an average. Oh, and Brandon started getting teeth at four months, so it's very very likely she's following in her daddy's footsteps.
So what's a mom to do? I sent Brandon out to get some Orajel for fast relief, which she was very thankful for. The whining has reduced dramatically. I'm probably going out today to try and find some teething tablets. Our biggest problem right now with most remedies is she's too young to do most of them - sucking on a cold/frozen washcloth or a teething ring. She doesn't grab things and bring them to her mouth very much, and we found out that stuffing these things in her mouth doesn't help much either haha. So we're sticking with the Orajel and teething tablets right now.
I will say, she slept much better last night. She woke up at 2:30am like she's been doing, I fed her quickly and she went back to sleep until 7:30am, with only a couple times where she woke up and cried but fell asleep a minute later.
(I decided to be safe and start watermarking my photos. And yes, Penny is in the Moby - we tried it yesterday and she liked it! Hallelujah!)