Parenting is a lot of trial and error and learning as you go along. I think Jeff and I have been pretty successful in rolling with the parenting challenges over the last year. This newest challenge - the pacifier situation - really has me at a loss on what to do. Simon has started chewing through his binkies and at an alarmingly fast rate. Case in point - I bought some binkies on Monday night when we first tried to get rid of them. Today is Wednesday and they already have punctures in the sides of them. THAT'S 2 DAYS! He's literally biting the tips off them. Jeff made an interesting point in his recent post that with Simon's early teething (got his first teeth at 3 months), he used his pacifiers as teethers more than something to suck on. Hence the dilemma - all my research on how to break the paci habit all deal with a child who sucks on them.
Simon only uses them in his crib, so it's not a point of weaning him slowly. He's clearly not ready to give them up completely, so we thought that maybe we could switch brands to the soothie style which would be a bit more durable. It's apparent that Simon wanted nothing to do with plan A. I figured that only left plan B - going cold turkey. Well, plan B isn't going so well either. Tried it for nap today and 2 hours of hysterical crying and I had to cave and give him a binky. Simon's been known to get himself so worked up that he throws up and I just couldn't let him get to that point. I then made a call to Jeff telling him to make a target run and stock up on pacifiers. He brought home 4 packs - that's 8 pacifiers. Given his chew rate of 4 days to destroy them that buys us about 2 weeks to come up with plan C. Or keep spending a ton of money on pacifiers every few days.
Patience is something that I sometimes lack, but not when it comes to knitting. Knitting IS patience. It always surprises Jeff when I've been working on a project, get close to completing it and decide that something isn't right so I rip it out and start over. It happened twice on a pair of wrist warmers that I was working on (and I'm considering ripping them out a 3rd time and starting over since they don't fit right) and recently on a sock that seemed a bit too tight at the calf.
My current big project is a baby blanket that I wanted to make before Simon was born. It's a cot blanket pattern by Louisa Harding. I had ordered the yarn from a recommended company but they shipped it without an apartment number and I never received it. They reshipped it but it still never arrived so after 5 weeks of trying to get the yarn I just disputed the charges and put the project on hold. A few weeks ago I ordered some yarn again (different company) and started the blanket a week and a half ago. It's supposed to be knitted up in 12 separate squares that you sew together but I loathe sewing knitted items. It's a pain in the butt. So I decided to knit it as one continuous piece. There was a recommendation to add a separation stitch between the squares when knitting it in one piece so I did. I was 2 rows away from completing the first 3 squares and I didn't like how the extra stitches seemed make 2 of the squares uneven. It might not be terribly obvious to others but it was glaringly obvious to me. So I ripped the whole thing out and started over today. Why, if it wouldn't be noticeable to most people? Because I'd know.
Simon has a phone that he got from his Grammie for Christmas. One of the buttons plays a busy signal and it made me realize that I haven't heard a busy signal on a call in a long time. Maybe 2 years now? With cell phones, voice mail, call waiting, etc. will kids growing up now even know what a busy signal is? Or is it in the same category as the sound of dial-up internet connections?