Dear Tooth #2

Dear Tooth #2,

We have decided that we do not need you. Please go away! You are not my favorite tooth. That spot belongs to tooth #1, the inconspicuous little guy that came one day without warning or fuss and now holds his spot proudly on Etta’s lower gum. Tooth # 2 my daughter will be just fine without you. You and your brash entrance into this little ones mouth. Making yourself known by the pain you have inflicted upon these sweet little gums. You are not kind, nor appreciated. The screams that accompanied you throughout the night are not welcome. The 2am bath time to merely ease the pain of your arrival was not needed on this Thursday night; nor the 24hr nursing session that has been protocol since you came on the scene. Yes tooth #2 we don’t want you. So please go away now, I would like my happy gummy little girl back.

~Sincerely One Tired Mama

Here’s a recipe for homemade teething cookies, by the way these are worthless when it comes to nasty little teeth like #2.

Homemade Teething Biscuits

1 cup flour – we use whole wheat
1 cup dry infant rice cereal
1 ripe medium mashed banana (1/3 cup-I have also substituted pureed carrots and sweet potato)
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons water

Makes about a dozen, depending on how big of shapes you use.

Preheat oven to 425ºF. In a bowl, mix together flour, cereal and cinnamon. Add in oil, banana and water. Mix until dough comes together to form a firm, non-sticky dough. Add water or flour (1 tablespoon at a time) if necessary. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out about 1/2 inch thick and cut into shapes or bars. Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes, or until slightly brown. Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

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