The Good News and Bad News About Childhood Stages

The good news about childhood stages is that they all pass pretty quickly. Every time something comes up with Dylan that frustrates me, it’s over before I know it.

There was one point where he was constantly trying to fidget with my other nipple while nursing. I wondered if I should get a nursing necklace. I worried that it was time to lay down the nursing manners law. But I just quietly communicated my preference to him, and then a couple of weeks later he wasn’t even trying it anymore. As quickly as a problem seemed to be arising between us, it faded. He had a habit of nipple-biting there for a bit, too, but that has ended as well.

For awhile, Dylan was trying to take his diaper off at every chance. He mastered hook-and-loop diapers, then snaps, then snaps even when the diaper was on backwards, then hook-and-loop and snaps even when he had pants on over them. Argh! Eventually all that worked with some reliability was pinned prefolds, and even those he would sometimes be able to remove. And then, just like that, a few days ago I noticed that he’s stopped doing that. Even running around in just a diaper, he’s stopped trying to take them off all the time. I can go back to using all of our varieties of diapers.

Over the last couple of weeks, Dylan’s climbing skills have ramped up, and for a couple of days there, I was kind of frantic keeping up with his new ability to practically climb the walls. But I grow as he grows, we settle into his stages together. Today he can climb as many things as he could a week ago, but he’s better at it and I’m less nervous, and he wants to do other things, too. It isn’t just this mad dash to climb everything in sight. Somehow it just doesn’t seem like the problem it did a week ago.

The good news about childhood stages is that they pass pretty quickly.

The bad news about childhood stages, of course, is that they pass pretty quickly.

Dylan and me, exactly one year ago.

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