(really any colour is fine - not just purple - if it looks like this!!!)
My son just turned 3.
I thought by now he would not be using a soother. Really. I did. Back when he was a screaming infant he didn't even want a soother. But, I forced it so that I could have a little peace and quiet. It took a couple of weeks, but eventually he grew to love the soother.
We had soothers in all shapes, sizes and colours. He didn't differentiate. As long as he had something in his mouth he was happy.
Recently this has changed.
In the past few months he's been specific. First it was his orange soother that he wanted so much. Easy. It was the orange nuk soother, available in most stores. He was happy. We were happy.
But then he moved on to his purple soother.
I have no idea what the appeal was. Maybe it was the colour. But, I think it was the shape. Whatever. If he wakes up at 2 am and is happy to fall asleep once he has a soother I'm all for it. I enjoy my sleep. Life is good. There are bigger things to worry about. Afterall, I have read several articles where it says 4 is the age that kids need to give up soothers.
We're good. For another year.
Of course, these articles also say that kids tend to give up soothers due to peer pressure. The fact that most of the other kids in his class don't have one does not phase Matt. He just wants his soother.
Part of me thinks it's high time to rid our household of the soothers. But then part of me doesn't want to. He's not particularly attached to a stuffed animal or a blanket or, for that matter, a specific bed. Just his one purple soother.
What's a mom to do. I send him off to daycare every day. If having his soother makes him happier then I am all for it. Nothing like a little mommy guilt to keep the soother hanging around.
He only has 1 purple soother. He lost it on Friday - and since it was a holiday - I drove all around town trying to buy him a new one. I couldn't find one at any of the stores that were open.
So we went out on Saturday. No luck.
It became apparent that the beloved purple soother was no longer available.
I spent yesterday searching the internet. Even the company that makes them has none in stock. I checked ebay. Nothing. I checked online retailers. The only ones that had them were American and I could not order from them.
So, I was a little stuck.
Finally today I called the company, Playtex. They confirmed my worst fears - that the purple soother is discontinued. No, they do not have any in their warehouse. They just stopped making them.
They put me on to a similar one. They sware the nipple is the same. I ordered 8. Why? I don't know. They only had 17 in stock, so I figure if they are a hit we'll have a stash. If they aren't I will just give the unopened ones to my friends with younger children.
But, dear internet friends, if you come across these soothers in the store - think of me. And buy them. I will pay you back. Promise (okay, if you don't know me, just give me the store name - and make them hold it. Please).
You are my last hope.
We see our peaceful soother filled nights a thing of the past if anything happens to our precious purple soother.