Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Jello Soothie

The delayed realization that Keller's suddenly erratic sleep cycles and overall general fussy behavior was due to a new front tooth making it's entry, gave way to a series of attempts to soothe his sore gums.

One of our first relief measures? Jello.

Once again, we were waiting patiently for class to wrap up for the older children. Once again, we strolled into the little diner on the corner, and were seated at our now-personalized booth. The Lemon Meringue was on it's way to me, and the coffee was already poured, before we determined that Keller might just enjoy a cool, tasty treat.

We called the waitress over.

Keller made his wishes be known, in no uncertain terms:

Then, gingerly peeking up to see how effective his ploy had been, he revealed his reddened cheeks ~ another layer of the compassionate response he was attempting to glean from the blithe blonde ~ all being parlayed into the extraction of the goods from the kitchen.

Making haste, she delivered a glorious silver dish, piled high with a strawberry concoction and a long-handled spoon.

Although the corners of his mouth bewrayed his sampling of the Strawberry Shake his Daddy had just given him, Keller turned with anticipation toward this new-fangled treat that stood before him.

"MMMmmmm, Mmmmmm!" the first delectable hints of flavor rushed over his tastebuds!

"Mm, this stuff is squishy. I don't quite know what to think about this texture."

"Well, it'salright . . .but, I don't think I really want to make a habit out of eating this stuff . . .if you don't mind."

So, we ended up with more Jello on the little tyke than in him . . .and a small container to take the desert home.

His new front teeth are still emerging; he's still on the fussy side.

Soon, however, the discomfort will pass, and life will return to the happy-go-lucky state it is normally in.

Now, if someone could simply soothe the caregiver. ")

1 comment:

Beth said...

My crew loved to teeth on cold fruit. Melon was a favorite! Honey Dew or Cantalope specifically...maybe try some of that?

Jello is a good idea, but it doesn't seem to stay in a solid state for very long. I hope teething "passes" quickly. (((HUGS!)))

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