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This Mom Just Got So Real About Life With a Teething Baby

After a particularly hellish night with her daughter, one mom reached out to others on Instragram to let them know "this too shall pass."

There is tired. And then there is mom-of-a-currently-teething-baby tired.

Just ask Jules Coffey, who took to Instagram to write an all-too-relatable post about being up all night trying to placate her 1-year-old daughter Emmison.

"You know when you're really tired & you have to close one eye to focus," she begins. "Kinda like half of you is at least napping? That's me typing this. I wouldn't have been surprised if the neighbors reported an unattended crying infant to the police last night."

You know when you're really tired & you have to close one eye to focus. Kinda like half of you is at least napping? That's me typing this. I wouldn't have been surprised if the Neighbours reported an unattended crying infant to the police last night. "No no officer all is fine thank you, but if you could possibly arrest me so I could grab some sleep in the holding cell that would be tops". See said child was not left to cry she was cuddled, rocked, patted, sang to, taken out into the loungeroom to watch wiggles, taken outside to look for birdies (all might I add I don't ever do because all of the above I am opposed to but when your child is in pain like that and screaming uncontrollably like never before - zero fucks will be given) given water, given 3 bottles, given Panadol, given gel, kissed, loved, changed nappy, changed clothes, put in with the dog (she was STOKED at 2am).Sometimes NOTHING WORKS.Sometimes you just have to do what you gotta do to SURVIVE.Although I don't look like I survived.Tooth 4 has cracked & is swollen, she has a ulcer on her tongue from chewing down on it & life is just a bit shit for her.It breaks your heart to see them like that. I'm a tough one for routine & not giving in but it's all irrelevant in circumstances like last night.So many emotions involved as a parent when your child is in distress.Empathy, sadness, frustration, resentment.I went from saying "my poor girl it's ok" to "stop, you are being silly now, calm down mummy has had enough!" She was tired.I was tired.Daddy was tired.The dog was tired. I'm sure the Neighbours were tired.So to women out there who have had these moments of utter exhaustion & despair, when you feel like you are going to crack, you are not alone.We are all human, it's normal to go through all the emotions when these tiny people are so reliant on you. It's physically (seriously though my arms & back think they have done a pump class) & emotionally draining.You have just got to do what you have to do in the moment & not be afraid to ask for help (MY GOD ADAM GET UP & GET THE FRIGGEN PANADOL) & remember 'THIS TOO SHALL PASS'. #untilthencoffeeandwine #andflipteeththebird #iminaglasscageofemotion

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I have so been there!

"No, no officer all is fine thank you," Jules continues in the caption of what's actually a pretty adorable shot of her and Emmison pouting. "But if you could possibly arrest me so I could grab some sleep in the holding cell that would be tops."

Hilarious! And I can't say that I blame her. I mean, there were times when I was so crazed from my colicky daughter's nightly screaming sessions that I would have handed her off to pretty much anyone who had a pulse. And, as long as we're being honest, maybe even to someone who didn't. Because some nights no matter what we did—fed her, bathed her, drove her around in the car—our baby girl simply would not shut up.

So I feel Jules' pain as she continues to describe her little one's night from hell. "She was cuddled, rocked, patted, sang to, taken out into the loungeroom to watch wiggles, taken outside to look for birdies," she recalls. "Given water, given 3 bottles, given Panadol, given gel, kissed, loved, changed nappy, changed clothes, put in with the dog, Sometimes NOTHING WORKS."

She's so right. But then somehow, in the middle of all her misery, Jules had an epiphany of sorts. And instead of continuing on with her rant, she decided to reach out in solidarity to all her fellow struggling sleep-deprived mamas in order to give them some hope.

"To women out there who have had these moments of utter exhaustion & despair, when you feel like you are going to crack, you are not alone," she writes. "We are all human, it's normal to go through all the emotions when these tiny people are so reliant on you. It's physically & emotionally draining. You have just got to do what you have to do in the moment & not be afraid to ask for help (MY GOD ADAM GET UP & GET THE FRIGGEN PANADOL) & remember 'THIS TOO SHALL PASS'."

And in the meantime, make sure you have your local police department on speed dial.

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and a mom. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more.