Joey wakes up at least a few times a night, now.
He wakes up screaming. We give him baby tylenol, baby oragel, and even breast feed him. But it doesn't stop the crying.
Its agonizing. We wake up in the middle of the night, hearing his screams, trying to do everything you can, but he continues to scream (BTW - hearing your child scream, and not being able to do anything, ties all kinds of knots in your stomach). So, by the time he finally calms down to go to sleep, which takes about an hour (mind you, the wife has worked with infants in daycare for several years, so calming him down in normal circumstances is cake), we are both wide awake, with stomach aches, unable to get back to sleep.
And when we finally do, we only get an hour or two of sleep.
It is kind of a rude awakening. When he was born, we were prepared for the waking up, handled it, and learned how to go on without the sleep. We knew how to calm him down, and how to put him to sleep.
But teething can happen the day they are born until like they are over a year old. So it broadsided us, and can last over a month (!!!). Its harder to adjust to, because its just difficult to adjust to the screams, and seeing him in pain. And, of course, it happens when he's getting to the point of being easier to care after.
Why couldn't I just have had a toothless child?