Rhett’s recent victory in kicking the binky habit has resulted in an unmasking of the underlying disorder for which he was self-medicating.
His 8 days of clean and sans-pacifier have taught me that his self-medication dosing was very effective.
His current behavior is a wild variation between the toddler extremes of fierce independence and sobbing dependency.
It appears the pacifier was a plug for drama.
POP the plug…
…release the drama.
Rhett will be in the middle of a task – showing competence, exuding confidence – and then without warning, in the blink of an eye, a wind of change happens…
It starts with a whine…escalates to a sob and peaks with a full blown tantrum.
He has a serious case of Toddlerphrenia.
The other night we were all in the living room watching TV. Ryan was laying on the floor, Reid was laying next to me on the couch with his thumb in his mouth and Rhett was on my lap.
Rhett’s eyes were fixed on Reid and he kept playing with his fingers.
He fanned his fingers out and deliberately placed his index finger on his lips…
“See mommy, I do what Reid do!” pointing to his index finger in his mouth.
“Reid sucks his thumb” I responded while folding his fingers down in my hand and pulling his thumb out to show him.
He stared at it in wonder.
He looked up with a smile and put his thumb in his mouth. Every once in awhile he would pull it out to marvel at it…
It had been there the whole time…just hiding on his hand.
Thumb…the new binky?
Surprisingly, the initial amazement has worn off. I occasionally notice that he has a finger in his mouth, but it hasn’t proven to have pacifier power.
Is it wrong that I am a little disappointed?
I really thought a small daily dose of thumb would help control the acute exacerbation of Toddlerphrenia…