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Who needs sleep?
Well you’re never gonna get it.
Who needs sleep?
Tell me what’s that for?
Who needs sleep?
Be happy with what you’re getting.
There’s a guy who’s been awake
Since the Second World War

-Who Needs Sleep, Barenaked Ladies

Whenever my kids (and by kids I mean Anna) are keeping me up at night and I’m feeling a little extra tired this chorus from the Barenaked Ladies song, Who Needs Sleep?, plays on repeat in my head. Like right now for example. It is on constant repeat because Who Needs Sleep? This girl needs sleep.

Anna is suffering from a double whammy of teething, she is working at least 2, possibly 3, molars and has a cold that just won’t go away. This double whammy is keeping her up at night. Several times every night for the past week or so, some nights every couple of hours, I hear her stir in her bed and beginning whimpering and eventually crying. Between the stuffy nose making it hard for her to breath and the pain caused by her molars trying to break through the skin she just isn’t sleeping well and that makes her mad, which makes her cry. Most of the time she isn’t even completely awake, she’s just whimpering and crying in her sleeping (poor thing) and I don’t have to physically get up and go rock her. Other times I have to go pick her up and rock her for a bit to calm her down and get her back to sleep.

This lack of sleep is getting to me. I feel as though I’m operating on fumes at this point. What I wouldn’t give to sleep in until *gasp* 7am and feel rested for a change. Even going to bed early doesn’t help because being woken up every few hours by the sound of Anna’s whimpers and cries, even if I don’t have to actually get out of bed each time, doesn’t make for a restful sleep. I’ve tried tylenol and motrin at night to help with the teething pain, I’ve tried the humidifier and vaporizer in her room to help with the congestion but nothing is working right now. She is uncomfortable and it is causing her to have a restless sleep, which makes her sad and pissed off, so she cries out. Who can blame her? I feel so bad for her and I wish there was more I could do for her (for her sake and mine).

Who needs sleep? I do, and so does my sweet little Anna. For now, neither of us are getting much of it so the chorus keeps playing over and over in my head. This too shall pass and those stubborn teeth will pop through and this endless cold will go away and we’ll both get back to sleeping at night. In the meantime, pass the caffeine.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Hello Baby Direct, a really cool online baby store based in the United Kingdom, to see if I would get interested in reviewing one of their top selling products, Sophie the Giraffe.  I had heard about Sophie before but never come across one in my baby store perusing.  Know how important a good teething toy is I, of course, agreed to review the product.

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Sophie the Giraffe has been around a long time, since 1961 to be exact, and has been a huge seller all over Europe.  My Nana, who is from England, actually purchased a Sophie the Giraffe for my mom when she was a baby!  Slowly, Sophie found her way to North America and has become a hit here as well, selling mostly in small baby boutiques.

Sophie is made of 100% natural rubber that is derived from the Hevea Tree and painted using food paints to make her a very safe toy for babies and young toddlers to chew on.  Her shape, texture and squeak make her an instant hit with babies.  I love her bright smiling face and her natural colors.

When Sophie arrived in the mail I gave her to Maya to see what she thought of her.  Almost immediately Sophie found her way into Maya’s mouth :)  Clearly my daughter knows a teething toy when she sees one!

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After a little further examination Maya discovered that Sophie squeaked and she spent much of the rest of the morning dancing Sophie around the house making her squeak.  She was a huge hit right off the bat with Maya.

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This really is a great toy, especially as a teether.  The rubber is sturdy and strong and held up to my daughter’s teeth tugging on it very well.  The shape and texture of the giraffe make it very appealing to babies.  Good, strong, natural teething toys are hard to come by.  When your little one is working on those first teeth it can be challenging to find something that not only helps with the pain they are experiencing but that you also feel comfortable with them shoving in their mouth.  Sophie definitely fits that bill.

One of the things I liked most about Sophie the Giraffe was her shape and how it allows babies and toddlers to use this as a teething toy even when the are working on those molars way in the back.  Many teething toys don’t seem to reach way in the back and so become useless for when those molars are coming.  Sophie’s long legs and long neck mean toddlers can still use her to chew on when their molars are coming in.

My only beef with Sophie the Giraffe is the price tag.  At about $20 a pop here in the United States she certainly isn’t a toy that is attainable to all parents.  I’d love it if these safe, natural, cool baby products were priced so everyone could afford them.  If you are okay with dropping that kind of money on a toy for your child, than I would definitely recommend Sophie the Giraffe.  She was a huge hit with Maya and I’m looking forward to seeing what my next child thinks of Sophie, especially since he or she will get to play with her from the beginning, assuming Maya is willing to share her (if not we may end up with 2)!!

My daughter has decided to throw all rules about when a baby should get teeth and in what order and throw them right out the window.

She takes one look at a teething chart like the one below and says “No thanks. I’ll do it my way!!”

I was an early teether, I got my first tooth at just over 3 months old. My husband was a pretty typical teether getting his first tooth around 7 months old. Well, not my daughter. First 7 months went by, then 9 months and quickly we were approaching her first birthday and still looking at this adorable toothless grin.

Finally, about 3 days before her first birthday I saw her first little tooth poking through her gums. The second one was just a few days behind. I had been warned that late teethers tend to get a whole bunch of teeth all at once and it can be a nightmare. Not Maya. She continued to be a very slow teether and remarkably an easy teether (knock on wood). After those first two bottom teeth popped through that was the end of teething for a while. Until her first top tooth poked through about a month and a half later. Then we got to look at this silly grin.

Gotta love that single top tooth!!

Recently she has added two more top teeth, again at her take it slow pace. We were holding steady at 5 teeth until this past weekend. What did she decide to do next? Certainly not follow the rules that for sure! She decided to skip over the rest of her incisors and her cuspids for now and go straight to her first year molars. All four molars at once! The bottom two are poking through and the top two are just about to. She is taking it like a champ too, hardly seems to bother her.

So we’ll be looking at quite the smile now, 5 front teeth, lots of empty space and some molars!

We celebrated our daughter’s first birthday over the weekend. I kept wondering all day where this past year had gone. It is hard to believe that in just a short 12 months she has gone from being this completely helpless little infant to this baby who is crawling around, learning to stand, and speaking her mind (well babbling her mind anyway). They say time flies when you’re having fun, well ain’t that the truth :).

The past couple of months have brought some pretty big changes in our daughter. She has learned how to pull herself up on the furniture and loves to cruise around while holding on to things. So far she hasn’t been brave enough to take any independent steps, but I’m sure that is just around the corner. I can wait for that though, she is growing up too fast as it is. The other day she learned how to stand up in the middle of the room without pulling up on anything. She was so proud of herself. Now whenever so does it she squeals, claps and looks around for praise from mom and dad!

Our daughter was a late teether. Her very first tooth just started to pop through early last week with the second one popping through a few days later. You can still hardly see them but can feel them if you put your finger in her mouth. Thankfully, teething seems to be pretty easy for her so far. No fevers or colds or earaches. She would occasionally fuss a little but nothing too bad. It hasn’t affected her sleep at all either. I was a very early teether and my husband was right on average so we were surprised when the months kept rolling by and still no teeth. I love that gummy smile though so I didn’t mind waiting.

I’m still breastfeeding. My plan was to go through her first year and then begin to wean. I think I’ll try to wean her from a couple of the middle of the day feedings but will continue to breastfeed her first thing in the morning and at bedtime (and maybe naptime too) until we are through the cold and flu season. She loves breastfeeding and I don’t think she will wean easily! I’ll probably let her self-wean from the morning and bedtime feedings. We’ll see how it goes.

When I brought my little bundle of joy home from the hospital a year ago I had no idea how wonderful the next 12 months would be. Every day, every milestone, every thing has been unbelievable. I can’t wait to see what the next year holds.

Happy Birthday Pumpkin Pie!!!