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At the suggestion of my friend here's my post about teething. Among other 2 year toddler tortures.

I think that she found the title more amusing then what we are going through. At least I hope!

With our first son, I knew right away that teething wasn't going to be a party, but everything else that goes with it....really! The worse then normal diapers, the constant runny nose that I felt compelled to explain to everyone "no really, he doesn't have a cold he's teething". I swear to God the runny nose lasted for months on end. When you have friends that are on their first child and hasn't started the runny nose/teething yet, they go running for the hills. All park dates stop and all pizza night dates stop cold! That is until their little one starts the teething runny nose. Then it's "oh I swear he's just teething, come on over".

Then there's they Tylenol / Motrin decisions. We weren't sure if we wanted to do either. You know, medications aren't good for his liver. Until a friend pointed out "but his liver is brand new! He has the rest of his life to detox from it!" (you know who you are!) So, we gave in. Wow, what a nicer boy he was! So then it became "well, we only gave it to him when he was teething....and he teethed for 2 years!".

The second child was born with Tylenol and Motrin in his hands. There isn't anything that we didn't try to make him feel better when he didn't. After all, we had two babies to take care of now. All systems had to be "go" as many days as possible.

Because our boys are 14 months apart, let me put this into perspective. I've been changing diapers for 3 1/2 years, dealing with teething for 3 1/2 years and dealing with toddlers that can't speak so they screech for 3 1/2 years.

Luckily our youngest now has his last two molars coming through. Any day now we'll be crossing the finish line. He's learning to speak, so there is less screeching, another finish line in sight. His toddler program finishes this week. One last fishing line is in sight, the potty training finish line!

After this there will be no more bodily function parties in our house.

If this is a party for you, hhhhmmmm I think my invitation got lost in the mail!

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