Mac’s been doing something strange lately. I have no idea if it’s “normal.” Help a Sister out!
You might recall that we are big fans of Dr. Karp’s book The Happiest Baby on the Block. We pretty much followed his “5S” method to the letter when Mac was an infant. And it worked remarkably well for us.
My Husband especially embraced the “Shush” S and still to this day shushes Mac when he needs comforted, often simultaneously shushing and rubbing Mac’s back or side gently while holding him. (Yes. It’s disgustingly adorable.)
A few nights ago, in the wee hours of the morning I heard Mac stir. (I feel like I’m always saying he’s teething but I think these days he actually is ALWAYS teething). I froze in my spot in bed, afraid to move, barely breathing, intently listening to the baby monitor.
What I heard next likely took 15 years off my life: Over the soft humming of the fan in this room, I could hear distinct Shushing! Shooooooosh. Shoooooooosh. Shooooooosh!
I inched my arm towards the other side of the bed. Chris was definitely in bed with me.
WHO WAS SHUSHING MAC?!
Oh Gawd! Someone broke into our house and is shushing our baby! That’s ridiculous Deni. No it’s not, maybe they wanted his piggy bank and disturbed him. Why isn’t the dog barking? Worthless dog. No one broke in the house, Deni. . .
It’s a demonic spirit! I saw this once on A Haunting! There is some dead restless soul in the nursery shushing my kid! Mac must be terrified! How long have these visitations been going on? What do I do? Why didn’t I watch the end of that stupid TV show?! Why?
But why isn’t the dog barking? Don’t dogs always bark at ghosts? This dog is absolutely worthless.
Perhaps Mac is just shushing himself, Deni you idiot.
Wait. Mac is shushing himself?! Is that normal? Did we damage this kid for life with our overzealous shushing?
Fortunately for me, the wine kicked in and I fell asleep and promptly forgot about it.
But yesterday, I noticed every time Mac was upset, he would rub his chest and tummy, “Shoooooosh, shooooooosh, shooooooosh.”
For real. Is this normal?
Is he going to be standing on the playground after a particularly nasty tumble and start shushing himself? Everyone is going to make fun of him!
Part of me feels proud that we have given him a way to cope with discomfort on his own. Another part of me wonders if we really screwed this kid up (and so soon)?