The Nightmare of Teething and Being Left With Isabelle

Since I really like to do silly, useless videos on YouTube, I thought I’d start this week off with that. I’m still not very good at doing videos, and I will eventually start editing, but at this time you’re stuck with this. This week I talk about Isabelle teething, attending baby classes and then a whole lot of rambling.

The Blog Part

If you don’t want to watch that, then I guess I should consider writing something. This is a blog after all.

So this week Isabelle has been teething. Before becoming a parent I never really gave much thought to teething. I assumed it would be something that would last a short amount of time, and within a day or two you’d have teeth! It’s not actually that simple. It’s actually quite a pain. Here’s Isabelle getting quite chompy and going for my nose:

I also thought that teething would be something that once it’s done that’s it. But I now know that this is something we’re going to have to deal with for quite some time. She’ll be dipping in and out, and ultimately we’re going to have to stock up on teething gel and calpol. I’ve heard that the front teeth aren’t actually that bad, and the real pain comes when they start having the rest of their teeth coming through. I’m not really looking forward to that!

Being Left With Isabelle

This week I was actually left with Isabelle. I’ve been left alone with her before. But since we’ve had her I can probably count the number of times this has happened on one hand. Rachel is, after all, on maternity leave. She also breastfeeds without expressing. Not only that, she doesn’t really like to be away from Isabelle. So she doesn’t exactly leave her very often, even if it is with me. Of course, I see no problem with this, I don’t actually mind being with the two of them.

There’s still a tiny part of me that gets slightly edgy at the prospect of being left alone with Isabelle. I can handle pretty much anything she can throw at me in small doses, but I still get a little stressed if she’s screaming for a feed. Well, if she’s screaming in general if I’m honest. It always helps if Rachel is there too, so I’m a little more nervous when it’s just the two of us.

Luckily, I can say I had an amazing time with her! In that short space of time we managed to read, play in the ball pit, have some tummy time, and to end it she fell asleep with me swaying and singing.

It’s a long way from the one time where Rachel left me with Isabelle in the midst of my postnatal depression. Rachel had to go to the doctors, and Isabelle spent the entire time screaming at me as I thought about how much I hated her. This was finally how it’s supposed to be. Me and my daughter having fun together and enjoying each others company.

me and izz

That’s About It

I look forward to the next time it’s just me and her. Not that I’m saying I want Rachel to leave the house more often. I’m perfectly happy actually seeing my wife, which is a good thing. But it won’t be long (around four months) until she’s back in work, and it’ll be just me and Isabelle a lot more often! I’m a little nervous about that one. And it’ll be here before I know it!

That’s all for this week. As always, keep an eye out on the Facebook page (there might even be a little competition coming soon, so look out for that).


I’m a 26 year old married father of one. I started blogging after suffering postnatal depression when Isabelle was born. These days I talk about much more than just that.

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