This Kid Sucks.

Friday, February 13, 2009

From the very moment that the little man exited the womb he has loved to suck. It's actually a running joke in the family given that I did everything in my power in those early days to keep him off a Binky. 

I, like most first time mothers, had gone to a breast feeding class where they had brainwashed me into thinking that if my baby is given a Binky then he will never, never latch on. Well latch on he did, and he latched, and latched, and latched. You get the picture. After two days of me whining about the fact that my nipples were going to fall off the nurse finally said to me that I just needed to give my kid the damn Binky. This of course worked like a charm, and we have never looked back. I'm sure you have noticed a running trend in pictures on this blog, that the little man is never too far from his beloved passie

Now the little man is approaching 18 months and all I have been hearing lately is that it's time to give up the Binky. In fact most of the pressure seems to come from the pediatricians, but of course it also comes from other mothers who are quick to inform me that "he really should be giving that up soon." The thing is that I just don't see it as a problem. He likes it. He sleeps his ass off. His teeth are already jacked from it, and as a former finger sucker till the age of 12 I definitely think that this is the lesser of two evils. Therefore, when I am asked about our Binky situation by the doctor or a meddling mother, I simply lie. I say of course he has given it up, and the bottle too. Lie, lie, lie. He's my kid and if he likes to suck so be it.

However, I have tried to make the Binky a less prominent part of the little man's day. I rarely let him take it out of the house, and when he's home I try to keep them (all 20 or so) out of sight. Occasionally he will find one under the couch but the majority of the time he is good without them.Yea, that was until the other day. The little man was playing so nicely sans Binky with his new puzzle when this happened.





Yes, that is a puzzle piece and yes he sucked on it for about thirty minutes.

What can I say except.....This Kid Sucks?


7 comments :

sandy said...

that is so cute!! my daughter loved her binky as well. i too lied to the doctor and said that she wasn't using it anymore when, in fact, she was still using it at night to go to sleep until almost 3 (strangely, she was fine taking her naps without one). finally, the dreaded day came when i thought enough was enough and didn't give the binky to her at night. i was prepared for at least a couple of bad nights but she surprised us and never even looked back. she slept soundly that night and didn't ask for a binky again. by that point, it was probably more of a security item for us than for her.

Anonymous said...

Hilarious! Both of my nieces had regular Binkies and then they used a second Binky to rub their nose! They called them nose Binks! They would actually wear holes through the latex! My poor sis-in-law had a heck of a time!

The Missus said...

Wow!

I have to give him major points for "innovation." Very smart little boy!

lunarossa said...

My kids never wanted any Binkies (Or whatever they are called in the UK!!!) but my son sucked his thumb for very long time until our dentist told us this would affect his teeths and palate. He sopped straight away!/ LM is still so young that I'm sure that a little more "Binky sucking" won't hurt him! Ciao. A.

The Writing Instinct said...

Hi,

I come by often and just thought to leave a comment as this post brought back many memories! And like me, your baby, sucking a pacifier, will be a distant memory all too soon. So, let the child be and keep at making it less obvious, as ingenious as he might be at coming up with alternatives!!

Best wishes,
Mervat.

YorkieGirl said...

That made me laugh out loud! My boy is now 18 months, and we are also having Binky trauma!
Thanks for making me giggle!
YG :D

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