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Hidden Pacifiers Keep Showing Up In My Home!

A pacifier

Pacifiers are a Godsend… until you decide to get rid of them.

Vman was born with a pacifier in his mouth. So when it was time to say goodbye, there were literally more than 40 pacifiers floating about the house.

In the beginning, we would find a stray in the travel diaper bag or behind the bed. As time passed, they appeared less and less.

Three years later, we had completely forgotten them. Pacifiers were just a remnant of a past life. Then Hbomb walked downstairs with a pacifier glued to his mouth.

“Where did you find that?” I demanded. “In your drawer,” he claimed. All I knew was the cease fire we had enjoyed was over.

Hbomb’s much older now so as he slept that night, I grabbed the paci and tossed it in the trash. I’m not proud. But sometimes a mama’s gotta do what a mama’s gotta do. In the morning, he didn’t mention the pacifier as if that sucker hadn’t shown its face in our house.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that that was truly the last pacifier left in the house. But I’m not placing any bets on it.

MOUTH OFF: Where is the last place you found a pacifier? Or where is the strangest place you discovered one?


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Top 10 Toy Train Videos on YouTube

Great Northern Railroad toy train Pullman car

Great Northern Railroad toy train Pullman car (Photo credit: Minnesota Historical Society)

Two straight weekends stuck inside while the weather outside is beautiful. Bitter? Who me? You betcha!

The Croup continues to rule the roost. Now the second one is down for the count. As a mom, I’m supposed to be self-sacrificing, only thinking of my little one. But as some point, you gotta stare karma in the face and ask, “Really?” When are these kids going to be well?

As I gaze out at the sunny weather, dreaming of enjoying a cool crisp day, I get the overwhelming enjoyment of a pissed-off preschooler whose only respite are YouTube videos of trains.

And so, I offer you the top 10 YouTube videos of trains to bookmark next time you have an ornery child on your hands. After all, we all need a mental break. And if the computer gives you even 15 minutes of sanity, then it’s worth it! Continue reading