Triumph & Tragedy! – In Real Life #30

A triumphant week for one of my kiddos, and a tragic week for the other. Watch In Real Life episode 30!

How about you?

How did your baby handle the teething process? Was it hard? Easy? Did they get a fever? Were they crabby? No big deal? Share with us in the comments below!

About the Author

Genevieve Howland is a childbirth educator and breastfeeding advocate. She is the bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and creator of the Mama Natural Birth Course. A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, and YouTuber with over 75,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead healthier and more natural lives.

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  1. Speaking of tragedy! Our son came down with croup last night. Scary when your kiddo has a hard time breathing! My husband and I have been using oils on his feet, chest and diffusing into the air all night. Also sitting in the warm steam/shower bathroom. I need your opinion! Genevieve had you ever had to deal with this awful sickness in your family? Is it possible to tough it out or do kids always end up getting the steroid treatment?

  2. Man, teething is ROUGH. Our one year old is cutting a bunch of teeth and sometimes it’s worse than having a newborn! πŸ™ Poor babies.

  3. Darling little Ms. P. !

  4. We use her amber necklace as well. She wears it when she sleeps, also. Another great thing has been “calming the child” essential oil blend roller! The meals look great! πŸ™‚

  5. Teething sucks. I thought, “Why don’t people warn you about this??” Then I remembered: oh. they did.
    It sucks. Levi has 6 teeth going on 10. Plus a cold. Not fun.

  6. Genevieve, Thank you for you always amazing videos. I long to be apart of the mommy group and you VLOGS let me do just that. Your videos every week are one of the highlights of my week. My sister and I love chatting a giggling over “Did you watch MamaNatural”? I know being a mama, wife and mother is hard thank you for making it real and not appear easy. And when the going gets tough squeeze your hubby and babies extra tight for those that can’t yet. Keep doing what you are doing. You are fighting a good fight. A true heroin you are.
    Lots of love and blessings,
    Jessica

    • Awww, thank you for the touching message, Jessica! Best wishes to you and keep fighting the good fight as well!

  7. I recently watched Stephanie’s home birth video! I thought I recognized her! I’m expecting my first and will be going the natural birth route. Genevieve, your birth videos and Stephanie’s have been such an inspiration. Thank you both!

    • Yes, Stephanie’s video was a total inspiration! Best wishes with your natural childbirth!

  8. My son just finished getting all his teeth a little bit ago and I was shocked that we made it the whole way with little to no fussing. HOWEVER that kid used to wake up in the middle of the night at least 2 twice a night. He was nursing those 2 years, but I think his waking had more to do with teething then it did nursing. We used tablets at the first sign of any teeth that were bothering him (only happened a handful of times) and if that didn’t work in about 20 minutes then we tried tylenol. I do believe amber teething necklaces work wonders. We used them toward the end of his teething issues. You’re not supposed to leave them on while sleeping, but I think we will convert his necklace into an anklet for the next one.

  9. Girl! Three words: amber. teething. necklace. For real! Just make sure it’s authentic amber from the baltic region. My ten month old has seven teeth (and is working on a few more, I think…). Right now, we do Hyland’s tablets and gel, the teething necklace never ever comes off, and we diffuse YL’s gentle baby oil when it’s super rough.

      • By the way loved this video. I love how you did the segment on Paloma.

    • Thanks for the reminder! We’ve gotta bust her necklace back out and keep it on her during every waking moment. For the next year or so! LOL

  10. My daughter, now 2 1/2, did not have any issues teething. She cut her first 4 at one time and I had no idea she was teething. My son is a different story. He is 10 months old and he has been a bear lately. Extra nursing when I get home from work and frozen teethers are working well right now.

  11. I’m with Jessica– I love you guys! You are such an enjoyable part of my week. As far as family meal planning, you seem to have that under control already (omg gorgeous meals!); but I don’t, so definitely let us know how that goes.

    • Ha, thank you. Mike and I were joking that we need a food photographer, but I’m glad they looked good to you πŸ˜‰ Yes, will keep you up to speed on the meal planner.

  12. When my babies teeth, I give them Hyland’s teething tablets, accompanied by pulsatilla homeopathic and cell salts #’s 2 and 6. these take care of the wide range of teething issues and we have a mostly peaceful time. I give two pellets of each as often as babe needs.

  13. Teething – cranky pants all the way. My daughter, 9 mo now, really likes soothing her gums on avocado popsicles and we use teething drops by Clef des Champs – works really well!

  14. Hi mama natural love your videos I find them very interesting! My 6 month old baby all of the sudden is acting very cranky and waking up 2 and 3 times in the night and not wanting to nap during the day, I think this is due to teething. I was reading about the amber necklaces and I was wondering if you recommend anyone in particular, have you used it on any of you kiddos has it worked? Also how can you tell if it is a true amber necklaces, can it be plastic beads or glass beads better? Where can I buy them. Thank you

  15. My oldest (who will be 3 in November) was a pretty calm teether. The first couple were hard, but after that, he’d be fussy maybe for a day and then it was over. We didn’t even notice when the two-year molars came in. However, my youngest (who just turned one) is a miserable teether – DRAMA QUEEN. We’ve tried everything. He’s just miserable. We’re all miserable when he’s miserable.

    Your kids are adorable! Thanks for sharing your progress and making me realize that all this crazy kid stuff is normal!

    • Have you tried putting lavender essential oil on the jaw line.

  16. My oldest son just turned four in June, and I smiled when you mentioned the budding vocabulary. This kid comes up with something almost every day. The other week he goes “Mommy, I’m going to make you a gift, and it’s going to be exquisite!” I figured he just heard that word somewhere and didn’t really get what he was saying, so I said “Donovan, what does that mean?” And he proceeded to tell me the definition. It’s crazy! I’m sort of a word nerd, but I don’t even use that one in every day conversation.

    As for teething… I am somehow a little bit slow on figuring out what my current little guy needs. A few times I thought he was teething, but wasn’t. Then he had a few nights where he was just cranky and not sleeping, and it just went right over my head what the issue could be. That is, until two teeth popped through. So, we haven’t used anything for him so far. :-\

  17. I loveee your family! The video of Paloma was seriously hilarious

    • Thanks for sharing your family with us!

  18. My youngest (3 1/2 months) just cut her first tooth on the 9th. All of my kids have cut teeth around 3-4 months. She is the most calm, easy going baby and I was surprised that even though she was teething, she was still pretty happy..she just wanted some extra snuggles and mommy time. I also attribute it to some well chosen homeopathic remedies to help ease the pain and inflammation πŸ˜‰

  19. My oldest didn’t get any teeth until he was 11 months old and i didn’t even know he was teething until the first one came in. We had a couple of rough days the next week because he got 4 at once but he did really well considering. My second wasn’t super fussy but oh, so much drool. We put an end to that with an amber necklace and he did considerable well with the amber. I even stopped taking it off at night because he wake so often with out it when heavily teething. Couple Hyland tablet to get him to sleep sometimes and we we were good. I’ve been quite lucky I see so many frantic and tired parents looking for teething relief at the store I work in.

    • I knew a kid who was born with two teeth. Yikes!

  20. My little was such a high needs and fussy baby that teething never really was apparent. We could never tell that she was particularly more upset than any other day of the week :/ Glad that phase is over!!

  21. Three of my kids were supper easy on me with the teething, but they all had their first tooth at three months!!! By the age 7-8 months, they had a mouthful of teeth (7-8), and due to early erraption their baby teeth getting weaker closer to 5 years old. I am giving them cod liver oil, raw milk, coconut oil, but still have some problem.
    I also have a random question, about your beautiful hair. Do you color you hair, if yes what brands do you use. I am trying to figure out what to do with a few grey hairs that I am starting to have. I was considering using henna, but it is so time consumming, and I don’t want to have red hair (I have dark brown), our local hair salons offer O&M Original Minerals hair color, and I feel very tempted to try those.
    Thank you fo all your hard work!!!

    • I don’t color my hair. But I did try henna one time just for fun, and it didn’t do much for me 😐

  22. I love doxies (have two) and my love for you has now TRIPLED! Poor babies with teeth! Hugs to Paloma and Griffin!

  23. My son is also a few weeks younger than Paloma and poor baby has cut 4 in a few weeks span and I think another one is coming as we speak. He always wants to be held and is sour grapes for sure. Also my quality of sleep has definitely degraded due to late night painful mouth cries πŸ™ The Hylands Teething tablets are a life saver! Cold wet rags seems to be a favorite of his, and we are trying out an amber teething necklace which I feel doesn’t get rid of all the pain but he seems a lot calmer when he wears it. Good luck with Paloma! I feel your pain.

  24. Little Everest (who is only a couple weeks younger than miss Paloma, cut FOUR teeth at once the last week in July. Can you say nightmare? Thank goodness it seems like she’s getting the rest one at a time now so nothing even compares at this point! Lol

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