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Hopping on Pop
We lost Veronica's trust this weekend. She had chewed a hole in her pacifier–we call it a sucker–and we had to replace it. But I was not an attentive mother, and I bought the wrong brand.
They are not interchangeable, and by the next day when I had presented her with an exact replica she batted it away and threw it across the room. Her message was clear: I AM NOT GOING TO BE SUCKERED AGAIN! I think we may have accidentally forced her to give up her sucker before she was ready.
This would have been humorous if we had not already suffered worry and sleeplessness and parental bickering all through the night before.
"I tried that already!"
"Give her to me."
"She will have to cry it out."
"It shouldn't matter to you, you're the one in bed sleeping."
"WOULD THAT WERE TRUE! I am in bed, but sleep and crying it out and not compatible."
It sent us back to the hell of the newborn days.
But, the fact is, despite the 1 AM bickering, Veronica has a very fine Daddy. She loves him tremendously, and I am very glad of it.
Now for the Hopping!
She and Daddy get along great. And that makes me happy!
Fact is, it's best to remember the happy times and let the rough patches slide away.