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Soother Application: REJECTED

January 9, 2011
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I love week six. That magical time when we realize, once again, that we’re  idealistic fools and we should have shoved a soother into his mouth as soon as he hit the gurney.

I should mention that these soother-free baby ideals stem more from J.D.’s childhood soother addiction than anything else. I’m not sure how old he was when his parents chucked the thing out the car window but old enough to understand when they told him his bear ate it.

Jasper is not an olympic crier  but lately he could probably make a 40 hour work week out of it. So a couple of days ago we casually tossed aside our convictions and offered him a soother. Long story short…actually, short story short : He said no. And we grudgingly re-adopted our convictions.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. bakerjac permalink
    January 9, 2011 8:07 pm

    Gorgeous pictures, especially that first one! We only recently won the battle of soother-removal with Norah, and I dread the day we’ll have to tackle the thumb issue with Simon. My only hope is that he quits on his own in a timely fashion. (I know two women who sucked their thumbs for many years – one for 14, the other for 26!)

  2. Theresa permalink
    January 9, 2011 8:14 pm

    Sweet photos. Please give our love to Charlie and Jean for us. We miss all you guys.

  3. Theresa permalink
    January 9, 2011 8:23 pm

    Oh, one more comment to make you feel better about the soother… Clare (age 2.5) just had to throw her soother in the garbage in exchange for a toy she wanted. Reason: The dentist told us it was responsable for an “open bite”. Meaning her front teeth aren’t closing. Mom of the year.

  4. January 10, 2011 1:06 am

    to break a life-long habit at 26, even at 14 – shocking. guess i better get started on my daughter’s thumb-sucking – she’s starting to have an overbite. guess the approach that worked on claire wouldnt apply here… “daddy will buy you that giant, fluffy teddy-bear as soon as you cut off your thumb, sweetie”

  5. January 10, 2011 10:30 am

    I prefer to stick with the smart-baby theory. I’ve trying to give my four-month old a soother his entire little life, and he still refuses. I think our babies are discerning between the paci and the real deal, and they can’t be fooled! It’s only the best for them! 😛 Every time I try to give my little guy a paci, he gives me this look like, “Are you for real, Mom? You know I wasn’t born yesterday!” So I’ve given up and let him use it for a toy.

  6. elena permalink
    January 10, 2011 1:15 pm

    Beautiful pics. Funny that the soother subjected has elicited so many comments. We used soothers with the twins – vital necessity. The next two rejected them (I didn’t try hard enough – really, they need to be taught to use one). But, Isaac is a champion soose-baby. Dave and I have no convictions except on salvation issues; consequently, we were at the drugstore on day 2 of his life after a two hour crying session. The soose has helped and I don’t regret it; but, do what you have to do – these issues are so much smaller than we think they are.

  7. davida permalink
    January 11, 2011 11:48 pm

    ha ha, it is funny to see how many comments this has drawn out.

    The pictures are wonderful Claire! I hope things are going really well with you.

    As you know Lachlan is a soother kid, for the past….almost year I guess, it has been a strictly bedtime thing. But serious life saver. We were bad, and day two at the hospital when he cried and cried we tried it….but definitely not a regret, I think we will get it out of the house within the next six months, but it has been a very good bargaining tool….if you get out of the big boy bed, we will have to take the sookie….etc etc etc….these days…bargaining tools seem to be of upmost importance.

    Take good care!


  8. Mary Caudle permalink
    January 12, 2011 9:11 am

    We love your recent blogs and pictures….wonderful!
    Hope James feels his sweet self again real soon!
    Love U all, G & G, GG & GG

  9. Mary Caudle permalink
    January 12, 2011 9:14 am

    … A great picture of James and his other Grandpa … “a keeper” for sure!

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