Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on March-7-2009

Ella continues to not sleep through the night. We’re not exaggerating either when we say that she’s up between 10 and 20 times a night. Some of those times include some real bad retching spells, mostly likely caused by all the secretions from her teething.

Between the coughing side effect of the Captopril and the teething, it’s no wonder she’s up a lot. We can no longer use Motrin to help with the pain, due to the fact that she’s on an aspirin regiment these days. The Motrin could thin her blood too much. Tylenol really doesn’t help much.

We also cannot use any homeopathic solutions that are given orally. On top of Ella’s very severe oral aversion, any topical solution would cause more secretions which then in turn only causes more retching. So, we’re doing our best to manage her teething with Tylenol and very little sleep on our end.

And let me say this: It’s Tina that’s taking the brunt of the sleepless nights. I take over the morning shifts on the weekend, but Tina takes care of her through the night and this is absolutely exhausting. We’re praying that the season of sleeplessness will end soon, but right now we don’t see that happening. Until she can come off of the Captopril and the bulk of her teeth are in, we’re pretty sure this trend will continue.

Tina and I enjoyed our “date night” this evening. Kelly has been so great to let us take some time away every Saturday night for a few hours. Ella behaved herself for Kelly while we were out and was in a good mood.

Going to do our best to get some sleep tonight. Hoping the Bun does too.

Raewyn on March 8th, 2009 at 6:57 am #

Hey there

I am one of your many lurkers here but thought I would just suggest a teething necklace. They are not big in the US but my friends in New Zealand rave about them. They help the teeth cut through faster. I think they are made out of amber. It is a non medicine way to help the teething. If you are anything like me it might be worth a try to get a few extra zzzz’s. Sleep deprivation is the worst. Google it and see if it works for you. If you want to see some normal regular not endorsed people talk about it there is a forum called where mums meetup and chat. I know the july 08 mums use them and love them. All the best. You guys are doing a phenomenal job.

Williamsburg on March 8th, 2009 at 9:54 am #

I am so sorry about the sleepless nights, guys – that is worse than Chinese water torture 🙁 You are in our hearts and prayers daily, as always – thanks so much for keeping us updated on how to both rejoice and pray for you. All our love. XOXOXO

Joel Snyder on March 8th, 2009 at 10:08 am #

Ella, I think those darn toothies are a big part of the problem. Those things can cause alot of discomfort. I hope that you and Mom and Dad have a nice Sunday. I am also glad that the 60’s and sunshine are here for a couple of days. Catch you later. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!

Dr, and Mrs. Robert D. Wootton on March 8th, 2009 at 3:32 pm #

We continue to lift the three of you up daily in prayer. Isn’t it wonderful that God is in control and has a special plan for your precious Ella and each of you too! Remember, as hard as it seems, teething days too will pass.
Yours in Christ,
Dan and Nancy Wootton

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