Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Ritual Sacrifices

First of all, I am sorry for the long break. We've had a bunch of stuff going on lately from a major growth spurt for Camden (drank 11 oz before bed the other night!) which has has him waking up and wanting more food in the night, to a sister in law with premature labor and now on strict bed rest so the family rallied and is taking care of her other kids and making meals, to a major attack of pain for me that had me taking 4 Percocet pills in 8 hours and finally having the pain go away on the 4th pill. Fun and games huh? But I am back! I've missed you all! I have many blogs to read today and catch up on, many comments to post, but surprisingly, not many things of my own to blog (although I may surprise myself).

Second of all, thank you all for the award of best commenter. I know it is only because of all you who voted for me. My sincere thanks! I love your blogs and I love reading.

Now, onto the real blog.

Camden is only 10 months old, but he is already worshipping false gods. I've tried to teach him right, but I am not sure where I went wrong. Every night, he worships this false god. He does it sometimes even multiple times during the night. It happens with almost every nap. What is it? It's the pacifier gods.

Camden is addicted to his paci. Yeah, I know it's a bad habit I'll have to break later, but the paci has been a good friend of ours over the months. At night and for each nap, we put Cam down to sleep with two pacifiers - one in his mouth and one for him to hold. This way when he wakes early or if one falls out of his mouth, he has another right at his disposal (And then we don't have to get up to pacify him in the night). But there must be pacifier gods that live behind his crib. They must taunt him as he goes to sleep until he makes a ritual sacrifice.

Without fail, the paci he is holding is sacrificed to these gods in the first 15 minutes of either his nap or bedtime. All of a sudden, you hear a familiar PLUNK as the paci is dropped behind the crib. Then he will cry until we give him another one for him to hold. Sometimes the pacifier gods must require more than one sacrifice before Cam can sleep, because he'll drop another one, and another, and on nights like last night, another one before he can sleep. We keep a stack of pacifiers on his dresser - usually 6 or 7. And then we'll hand him another and another, hoping on a rough night that we will not run out.

With Camden making his sacrificial offerings, we end up pulling out the crib each morning and after each nap to rescue these pacifiers. It's quite the routine - he drops, we rescue. I'm hoping that when we send him to a 12 step pacifier program when he turns 1, the pacifier gods will leave Camden alone and he will stop worshipping such false gods. Until then, I hope my son hasn't been led too far astray by these false gods.

16 comments:

Linsey said...

Oh Man, Finn worships the same God!!! Glad your back! And it's true, you are the best commenter!

Goslyn said...

LOL. Very funny.

My son does not worship at the shrine of the pacifier gods, despite my mother's insistance that HE MUST TAKE A PACI! (This became increasingly annoying after a report on the TODAY show that sleeping with paci's helps reduce the risk of SIDS.)

Anyhow, I'm sure he will wean himself from the paci when he is ready - which will surely be before he goes off to school.

Nutella said...

So sorry to hear that you were in pain! I am glad you are back. Very congratulations on your WIN! I love your comments and your blog!

Also, I am sorry to hear that your son is following false gods...LOL! Those poor innocent sacrificed pacifiers. Good for you for rescuing them!

emlouisa said...

Glad to have you back!

Totally sucky about the paci thing. I was lucky with M. He had one in his mouth CONSTANTLY and was always waking up when it fell out at night. Grr.

When he started teething he wanted nothing to do with them. At all. I tried and tried and finally decided this would be easier than weaning him from it later. So yay, no paci baby here.

I know, you are jealous. Sorry.

emlouisa said...

Oh, and hoe is your sil?? Scary stuff!

emlouisa said...

Um, I obviously shouldn't type and hold a wriggly baby at the same time.

I was not calling your sil a ho. I was merely asking HOW she was. My apologies.

Lei said...

Poor thing (and I mean all of you:))! So good to have you back, Rachelle!

GiBee said...

Well, at least he can put the other one in his mouth when the original one falls out. I'm up every single stinking night at least 3 maybe 4 times (do I sound bitter) to the sound of my 4 month old child moaning IN HIS SLEEP "eh eh eh eh eh" as he thrashes his head frantically back and forth trying to find his pacifier. I try to put the pacifier BACK in his mouth BEFORE he wakes up screaming. Fun times.

I'm not so worried about breaking him of the pacifier as I am of him learning how to stick it back in his own mouth so mommy can get a full night sleep. Whew. That was very cleansing.

Kristen said...

Better a pacifier than your boob. Yeah, still dealing with that here. Still no sleeping through the night for me. FUN.

Grammy said...

When my good friend's kids got so old that having them use the Paci in public got embarassing, she was able to get them to give them up by making them into Christmas tree ornaments. Each child got to choose their Christmas ribbon to tie it on the tree with. They are still hanging there every year. Now that the kids are in jr high, they're the ones to be a little embrassed now.

Frog Legs said...

LOL. Those were the days.. :) We ended up burying the binky when he chewed it to death, LOL.

Carrie said...

It is good to have you back. I hope you all recover and that things get better. So far, we have only had to deal with the bottles and not the pacifiers. None of my kids really wanted a pacifier. My last boy is finally getting off the bottle, though. Thank goodness. Good luck.

lackrik said...

Congrats on your award!!!! That's awesome!

Diana - Teacher Mom said...

I'm slowly weaning my baby off of the breast. When she needs soothing, however, a pacifier just won't do. Even though she'll chew on it and play with it when she's in a good mood, she still needs the real thing in order to calm down. I wonder, that plush breast they used for demonstrations during the breastfeeding clinic, do they sell those as a type of pacifier?

The Constant Gardener said...

I don't know when all of you moms of paci-losing babies are going to take my advice and use a paci clip at night! It saved us with Little Boy! I never had to retrieve pacis!

Hope you are feeling better!

Emily said...

Glad to have you back, darlin! And you TOTALLY deserved the best commenter award :)