The one where I don't lose my mind for a change

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

My child is only two years old and already is picking up disgusting habits. He picks his nose. He bites his nails. He picks at scabs. He is a boy, and is therefore disgusting by default.

But the most nauseating habit by far is his obesession with chewing and sucking on the corner of his blanket. One specific corner. All the time. He has two of the same blanket (because you always need a back-up with things like this) and both, up until today, had a brown, gnarly corner that absolutely reeked. Seriously, no matter how many times I washed them, the brown didn't go away and the stink was huge. We'd go into his room in the morning and be knocked over from the stench. No amount of bleach gets rid of the smell of day-old saliva.

I caught him chewing on the gross corner again this morning and had had enough. So I snatched both blankets from him and performed a quick Frankenstein operation on them. Sliced off the offending corners and replaced them with crisp, new satin binding. HALLELUJAH, no more stink. For now, anyway. I already caught him searching for a new corner to deface. Methinks we may just have to put them away for good, but I'm not quite ready for the sobbing and pleading that will ensue when we do that. So for now, I'll keep hacking them up.

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After:
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This was him telling me, "Ohhhh, it's green! Thanks, Mommy!" And then he began frantically searching for his beloved corner and upon realizing it was gone, started chewing a new spot. Sigh.

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And Beckett. Sweet Chunky Face. He turned seven months old today. It's looking like seven months is going to be the Magic Age for him, because it's like someone flipped a switch and turned my monster baby into an angelic little cherub. He no longer screeches all day or insists on being a permanent growth from my hip. He plays with Sawyer and crawls around the house on his own and laughs all the time. All three naps yesterday and today were taken without a fuss, by himself. THREE. This is monumental.

He's finally starting to realize that solids aren't so bad and gobbled down two big meals today, which in turn meant he actually spaced out his nursings a little. It was nice to not be on a newborn's nursing schedule for once.

I was nursing him tonight and he was being so playful and cute. He'd suck a bit and then pop off, causing milk to spray all over his face. He'd shoot a big grin up at me and wait for me to say, "Beckett! Why'd you do that!" and then dissolve in a fit of giggles. I am so not used to him being this happy and playful all the time and I LOVE it. I really hope it continues because if it does, I will feel like a new woman.

Happy 7 Months, Funny Face!

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Blogged by Making A Modern Family at 11:22 PM  

7 comments:

Jaclyn said...

Lucas started popping off repeatedly to look at me with a smile recently, too! Except.. I get annoyed and tell him we're all done unless he eats like a good boy. :P

Thu Oct 18, 12:18:00 AM EDT

 
JoDee said...

I think they lace those blankets w/ something!! Both of my kids have those blankies--and those are THE blankies! Braydon has a blue one, Ashlee's are pink. Braydon's is a disgusting grayish shade of blue from being dragged around for 4 years, and Ashlee's is half gone b/c she started eating it. Yes--eating it!!!! She went beyond chewing.

With McKenna I refused to buy one of those blankies!!

My friend has a little boy, and his blankie is the same one!!!

Must be the satiny corners?? I dunno!?

And glad Beckett is doing better! Yay for happy babies!!

Thu Oct 18, 12:29:00 PM EDT

 
DIXIECHICK said...

What adorable kids you have! Great idea for the blankies...My eight year old was attached to a bear the same way when he was smaller....we had to sneak it away to be able to wash it, because it would smell so bad you couldn't believe he wouldn't let it go. Anyway...good job, Mom!

Thu Oct 18, 12:41:00 PM EDT

 
Jenni said...

So glad to hear Beckett is becoming a sunnier child, and I'm insanely jealous, since that never happened with L!

Thu Oct 18, 02:08:00 PM EDT

 
SAHMmy Says said...

Yep, boys are icky! My son started putting his hands down his diaper when he was about 9 months old. Live and let live, I thought. Until he'd remove his hand to reveal a poopy paw. We potty trained him right quick, but the year and a half in between was nasty business, to say the least!

Thu Oct 18, 05:35:00 PM EDT

 
Jess said...

Glad to hear things are getting better for you and Beckett. Felecity done the same thing with her blanket only bad thing was her cousin had the same one and they would fight over who's was who's. I finally had to put it away in a closet somewhere. She see's it sometimes and ask if she can have it and I just ignore her.

Thu Oct 18, 08:30:00 PM EDT

 
Sarah said...

Your little one reminds me so much of my second son when he was that age! He is so cute! Yeah, that blanket needed a makeover- what is it with chewing blankets that is so appealing? Mine used to do it too. Noah (our baby) puts anything and (literally) everything in his mouth. It's so gross... =P

Fri Oct 19, 12:51:00 AM EDT

 

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