photo: Serena Williams via Instagram

Some parents luck out and suddenly find a tiny tooth peeking out of that gummy grin without a peep, but if you’re in the majority you’ve likely experienced the excessive drooling, chewing, and grouchiness that often accompanies teething in babies. Even celebrity parents aren’t spared this challenging time and Serena Williams has taken to Instagram to share her teething woes and ask for help.

“Teething – aka the devil – is so hard. Poor Alexis Olympia has been so uncomfortable,” Williams shared in a recent Instagram post. “She cried so much (she never cries) I had to hold her until she fell asleep. I’ve tried amber beads… cold towels…. chew on mommies fingers…. homeopathic water (lol on that one) but nothing is working. It’s breaking my heart.”

It seems that little Alexis isn’t the only one in need of help, mama Serena is suffering right along with her 3-month-old, just like any parent with a baby in pain. “I almost need my mom to come and hold me to sleep cause I’m so stressed. Help? Anyone??” Thousands of her seven million followers have come to the rescue with teething tips of all kinds from frozen wash cloths to breastmilk pops. Hopefully Alexis and Serena will find some relief, but like all the difficult parts of parenthood, the new mom will soon learn that this too shall pass.

What are your best tips for dealing with teething? Share what worked for your baby in the comments below.