Jericho is still teething. Still waiting for those next teeth. Still. Still. Still.
I'm still waiting too. I'm carrying him around most hours of the day. I'm holding him. Comforting him at the breast, with kisses, cuddles and love. Still. Still. Still.
I hate watching my little son fuss with pain often everyday for the last 2 months. He cuts his teeth really hard. It seems each tooth comes at a higher, more painful cost than the last. But he still smiles, coo's, cuddles, kisses, laughs and giggles with mommy in spite of his uncomfortable state.
I've realized recently that there's a precious and important lesson to again be learned and practiced through teething. Pain has a purpose. We can find joy in spite of pain.
We've all heard that before but I've only recently come to understand it. We bed share, I love it. I sleep better, Jericho sleeps better. But it comes a price, every morning I'm excruciatingly sore from sleeping in the same position all night. Carrying my son around all day comforts him, keeps our bond strong and close but it kills my back, my hip. Jericho is having a ton of gum, mouth and ear pain but eventually these teeth with appear.
Pain is difficult but with a purpose the burden feels easier. The burden is also easier when it's shared. The burden of teething pain is easier for Jericho when shared with me and I am so honoured to help him. And just as I help him, I need help too. Lately I've realized the importance even more deeply of calling on your momma tribe. I'm thankful for the woman in my life who reach out to me, check on me, hold or watch Jericho for me so I can have 5 minutes to myself when I'm tired and he's so fussy, women who encourage me, love me and brighten my day - my life.
Knowing purpose and having my moms tribe encourages me and helps me to rise to the challenge. Motherhood is hard. There are so many moments that could be filled with irritation, frustration or impatience but when I feel well supported I'm able to be the mother I should be to my son. Gentle, patient, present.
I'm continually surprised by the lessons I learn in motherhood and especially where I learn them - teething is a huge teacher. But I'm glad to learn and to have my tribe around to hold me up. I'm still learning. Still. Still. Still.
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