Lots of things in motherhood seem to be a labour of love but teething stands alone as the sole labour that really requires the light yoke that only love can bring. My son is cutting 3 teeth all at once right now and although his essential oil teething roller ball, breastfeeding and lots of cuddles seem to help take the edge off there are moments when the discomfort of teething is more than my little babes can bare.
In those difficult moments as a mother I experience so many different emotions - stress, frustration, empathy, sadness, love and even in some moments desperation. Love conquers all things and allows me to take all of my emotions in the moment and filter them through love and put it into action.
Lessons from teething are difficult lessons to learn but become easier with practice, the right mental filter and heart filter. So moms, in moments of frustration when you feel your emotions starting to rise and become out of control or when you start to feed the emotions of stress and frustration more than empathy and love pass your baby to your partner, family member or friend and take 5. If you're home alone and starting to feel this way throw on your diffuser with some balance and lavender, roll on some clary calm and then jump back in there. Your baby in times of distress and discomfort just wants you to be present.
Babies learn about love through consistency and closeness. Your teething baby isnt looking for special measures, fancy teething toys or oral medications but rather milk from your breast, closeness against your chest and the consistency that comes from being there each time he cries and offering comfort and love.
I recognize from experience how much easier it is to intend to act a certain way and how much more difficult it is to walk in that intent but if we choose to walk a certain path and refuse to stray from it we can be comforters who learn and practice the important lessons of teething -love and comfort.
Find out what works for you - whether thats essential oils through aromatherapy and topical application, reaching out for support from family and friends or something completely different that works for you. Set your mind toward the path of comfort and love and walk in that. If you're still struggling, reach out to other moms who can identify with your struggle and encourage you, love you and help you out in those moments.
Its time to return to the village of motherhood - rely on each other, support each other and share our lessons. Moms, its time to reach out.