Killing two birds with one stone is awesome, especially when it relates to kids. Often, it seems like forces are working against you as a parent. Some days nothing goes as you wish, you feel like a failure and Murphy’s Law kicks your butt. But sometimes, you get pleasantly surprised.
I’ve been dreading weaning Zach from his pacifier. Of course I read somewhere that kids shouldn’t need them or use them past the age of 1, so as Zach is 13+ months, I already feel like a failure in this area. (We type-A folks put a lot of pressure on ourselves.) Side note: I know plenty of two- and three-year-olds who still use them, and they seem to be doing just fine, but that just isn’t for me, like changing two- and three-year-old poop diapers isn’t for me. (See all my posts about potty training Eliza at 23-months.)
So, Zach has used the pacifier to sleep since he was a newborn, and he just started sleeping 12-hour nights consistently a few weeks ago. So the idea of weaning him from using it was looming over me like a storm cloud. I didn’t want to lose my newfound seven straight-hours-of-sleep nights that have made me feel like a new woman.
Welcome to real life, where children younger than five get an average of seven infections a year and a bunch of viral colds on top of that. A week ago Zach started hacking so badly it made him throw up. For the first several nights of the sinus infection that has now infiltrated us all, I gave him his pacifier but he kept spitting it out. He could not breathe with it in. And finally, I just stopped giving it to him at all on Tuesday. He has been pacifier-free since then. Granted, he’s not sleeping great anyway because he’s sick, but I’m not planning on giving it back to him. In the quest to get him well, I’m also fixing his pacifier addiction. I was anticipating a difficult, drawn-out process, but this illness has forced me to have more sleepless nights, and presented the perfect opportunity to wean him because he can’t use it anyway.
I love it when things like this happen as a parent. You can keep changing phases and stages so quickly that all you do is dread the next big thing. The problem is you forget to remember all the progress you’ve made and all the things that end up not being a big deal. It’s amazing that Eliza has mastered so many skills that seemed so onerous when they were on the horizon, such as feeding herself and using the bathroom by herself.
So with Zach, it’s amazing that he’s mastered things like smiling, feeding himself finger foods and crawling. I don’t want to forget to be thankful that we’ve passed through these phases joyfully.
Now, if only there were a way illness could get him to walk. Oh well. One thing at a time. It’s pretty hard to kill three birds with one stone.