I just tried to put Clark down for his 9am nap. Its 10:13 (by the way).
He has been increasingly fussy the past week. Maybe the teething is starting up again, maybe he is upset about his flu shot. I'm not really sure. He also has started reaching for me when other people are holding him, not all of the time, but enough for me to notice a new skill. So maybe it's an attachment issue.
So I went to put him down for his nap. We read a book. We sang a song and rocked like we always do. He started crying. What? Yeah, during the rocking and song. This was new to me too. I thought he might be overtired, so I tried to rock and sing a little bit more, he was still crying. I put him in the crib hoping he would just calm down and fall asleep. (It HAS been known to happen).
It did not.
I went back upstairs after a minute or two of increasingly more unhappy wailing. I patted him on the back. It didn't work. I picked him up and held him. It didn't work. I sat down and rocked him. It didn't work. So, I nursed him. (What we are trying to avoid as a nap time antecedent.) When he seemed satiated and just hanging out, I unhooked him. He started crying. humph....
I held him, I rocked him. He was still crying. Not wanting to nurse him to full sleep, I gave him THE PACIFIER and put him back in bed.
While many parents give their babies the pacifier, we really haven't. Its happened from time to time and I have one in the diaper bag for when we are driving and he is freaking out - but otherwise its not a staple in this house. Its like dessert for Posh Spice, it just doesn't happen that often.
He took the paci in his mouth and calmed down. I went back downstairs and outside to start a load of laundry (the laundry room is outside). I went back inside. He is wailing AGAIN. What? So I go BACK upstairs.
He is holding the paci and laying on his side crying. I pick him up, he retains the paci in his hand. I ask him, "Clark, what's wrong?" He stops crying, opens his pure blue eyes and looks at me. The paci is clutched in his hand. He looks at the paci and then looks at me again with a look on his face as if to say, "You tried to replace yourself with this? This? This? This piece of plastic?!!!?"
So, I sat down in the chair and nursed him to sleep.
Oh well. We'll try again next nap.
UPDATE: Its 10:53 and he just woke up. All of that trouble for a 40 minute nap. That sucked. =(