Friday, May 30, 2014

The Controversial Necklace

Matt and I keep arguing about this amber necklace.

Have you heard that some people think amber necklaces help teething babies? I only really started looking into it this spring, when I saw someone write about successfully using them on a mommy-blog. At the time, Silas was obviously in teething hell - constant drool, red chapped cheeks, and constant crying. I was open to trying anything to get him (and my exhausted self) some relief.

So I ordered a very pricey amber necklace, and stuck it on him and guess what - in two days, his skin was totally clear, the drool had all but stopped and he was waking up from sleep smiling instead of screaming. I was in shock. And I might have done a happy dance or two.

I excitedly told Matt about the magical properties of this necklace, and he of course started fact-checking it on the internet and the next day told me that the whole amber necklace thing was a wives tale. He said scientifically, it was impossible for them to soothe pain, and that Silas' miraculous recovery was just a coincidence. I felt kind of stupid, but was too afraid to take the necklace off of Silas since he was so happy and content, so we just left it on and moved on with our lives. Until...

...Oona started teething. So much drool. So much gnawing on hands. So much crying. Not enough sleeping, for her or me. I started hinting to Matt that maybe we should just try a necklace for Oona and he said that would be ok, but he said it with a look - a look that read: "I'm just agreeing to this to pacify you because you're cray-cray" which of course made me all angry and be-yotch-ay. But that's a story for another time...

So we came up with a rather scientific, great idea - we would take the necklace off of Silas and put it on Oona and see what happened.

So today is the second day after the switch-up and guess what - Oona slept through the night for the first time in many many many weeks AND Silas woke up this morning with the old bright red cheeks and extra drool.

I say "AH HAH!"

Matt shrugs and says "placebo effect."

(But he did insist I go ahead and order a second necklace, because placebo effect or no - that full night of sleep was goooood.) 

So I want to hear what you guys have to say. Anyone else have amber necklace stories to share? I'd love to hear your experiences!

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