I'm still giggling over a question that Amy asked me on Thursday.
I've been writing a post in my head since Ione was eight weeks old and took the pacifier for the first time and I'm finally getting it down for all of you. Amy's hilarious question could not have been more timely.
So I've managed to give birth to another child that seems to require constant stimulation from a third party. No matter how many toys that baby has, she's never content for more than, oh, say, 5.76 seconds. It makes it rather challenging to get much work done if she's not sleeping.
This past Thursday, as my to-do list was 10 items long and I was desperate to finish item 10 before heading out to pick up the older girls, I asked Amy, who is almost 37 weeks pregnant now and quite comfortable to just sit on the sofa in our office, to hold the baby. She did what she could to keep Ione amused and stuck the pacifier back in her mouth quite a few times before she turned to me and asked, "Are pacifiers like coffee in that after a while you're not so sensitive to the effects of the caffeine?"
Clearly Amy doesn't spend as much time around coffee drinkers as I do, being a sworn Mormon and all.
Anyways, the answer is a resounding no, of course. The effects do not wear off. This child loves the pacifier and I am proclaiming for all the world to hear that I AM SO GRATEFUL.
Do you ever play that game in which you ask yourself what you'd tell a younger version of yourself if you could go back X number of years? I do. I play it ALL the time now. If I could go back 6.5 years I'd take myself by the shoulders, give myself a HARD shake, and say give the child a bloody pacifier. It will not make you less of a mother. It will not damage your child for all eternity if she is not permitted to be attached to your body 24/7. In fact, it might even improve things on the relationship front if you allow her to be soothed by something other than your own breast.
Well, live and learn, I guess. Hopefully this whole relaxing of my principles won't result in thousands of dollars of orthodontic work in a few years...