I failed to remember that when the buddy's first four teeth came in, that just because they poked through did NOT mean that he was done "teething!" They are still working their way ALL the way through, so we've still got some pain on our hands.
Poor little guy... four molars at the same time! He is still waking up in the night, so I'm pretty tired. But, I know it's just a phase and I hope it passes soon. I'm so torn between picking him up and feeding him right away when he cries at night and letting him cry a bit to see if he falls back asleep on his own. It's especially hard at bedtime because as soon as I go to put him down he GRABS onto me and cries. It's the saddest thing! But, in the past week I've realized that if I hold him and rock him to sleep he actually sleeps WORSE than if I put him in his bed awake, he cries for 5 minutes then passes out. It's an interesting phenomenon.
A teacher friend of mine actually confirmed it for me. She said that babies (and really all of us) sleep better when they fall asleep in the same environment they stay in for the night. When babies are rocked to sleep and THEN are put in their cribs their little bodies are confused upon waking in the night and they cry until they are back in their original state (obviously not a strict rule). This is the same reason why it's hard to fall asleep on the couch then get into bed and fall back asleep. Your body wants to stay in the same environment it fell asleep in, including lights, sounds etc. So, as hard as it is for me to walk out of his room when he's crying, knowing that he will actually sleep better and stay asleep longer makes it worth it.
You really won't believe this cute little mouth of teeth all coming in. I promise to post a picture when he finally sits still and gives me a toothy grin. :-) Although when he comes in for a big "kiss" these days we're having to teach him that it doesn't involve biting! ha! :)