Then & Now | Laundry Baskets

Then {January 25, 2011}

Now {September 10, 2011}

It’s good to know that even though nine months have passed, the girls are still enjoying the same simple pleasures Missy and I are providing for them. Although they probably don’t remember, Grandpa Steve devised a special trick when it came to calming three cranky girls down: laundry basket rides. Strapping a belt to a handle and tugging them around the living room put the babies in almost a comatose state and provided hours of quiet bliss for the adults in the house. Now, whenever there is a laundry basket in the room, it’s a mad dash to claim the best seat. Despite the rather tight squeeze, they usually all end up in it together at some point…only to tumble out head over heels five minutes later.

As a side note, those pacifiers have become a necessary evil in our world lately. Wanting them to speak and babble, we leave them in their cribs as often as possible. There are times, however, when the only thing in the world that calms them down are those darn little green pieces of rubber. Oh, and if you give one paci to an especially fussy child, look out…there will be a battle royale over the sacred sucker. While the other two have their moments, Sienna especially has mastered the art of the “steal and run away” technique; it has become quite the game for her. So…it’s best to just bring out all three at once.

We choose our battles, and right now this is one that the girls are winning. Any tips or advice out there for toddler pacifier reduction??

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About Tom Hardinge

Loving husband to my wife Missy, loving father to my four daughters Sienna, Rowan, Jovie, and Lola. I'm a chronic over-packer who loves good coffee, good music, running, waffle tee's, fleece pants, and Jesus Christ!

One thought on “Then & Now | Laundry Baskets

  1. With Brady we just did the “tough love” thing. You know how attached he was: had to have one in each hand and one in his mouth! We tried just using it at bedtime but it was too easy for him to find it during the day and for us to forget to put it away all the time. Finally after he turned two, we just took it away. I think it kind of helps to wait until they are old enough to understand that pacis are not for big boys/girls. How you will do it, or the bottle elimination, with three….I have no idea….

    i just know, whenever anyone tried to “advise” me on how my 2-year-old shouldn’t have a pacifier, I just reminded myself that it wasn’t like he was going to be ten and still suck a pacifier or anything….it would happen eventually!!

    Plus, part of me thinks he’s had absolutely no interest in thumb-sucking BECAUSE pacis were so readily available to him….which is amazing to not have to try to break that habit!!

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