Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Do You Want Some Cheese With That?

Whining is an instinct that was given to children to punish and humble parents and to torture them. Here is 5 seconds of what we hear all day:

You'll note he whines while he plays. He also whines while he eats (between bites). He whines all day long. I can prevent the whining only by (a) jumparoo and (b) holding him. I think a pacifier would also work (for a while) but I'm trying to limit them to story/nap times. He knows when he is whining and if you get him to look at him and smile, he'll stop and smile back. It's torture.

Can someone please tell me that this is just a phase and not one that will continue until he goes to college? (Maybe some possibility that he is about to say the letter "m"? Please?) Any tricks to stop the madness?

Ned is lucky he's cute.


For more cute photos of Ned from this whine-filled morning check them out here.

11 comments:

LauraC said...

I wish I could say it was a phase! Nate was like that. He would even whine while he crawled, each hand hitting the floor whine whine whine. But then it turned into talking and now he talks pretty much as much as he whined.

It goes back to Laura and Jon's Theory of Conservation of Noise. The amount of noise coming out of Nate is constant, so I'd rather it be talking than whining or crying.

LauraC said...

(Oh and you are a better person than me. Nate loved his pacifier. He could whine around it though.)

Nicky said...

LL whines because of teething. If he has something to chew on, he doesn't whine. Could be a pacifier, but we also try to limit its use, so a set of baby keys, a block, a wet washcloth, etc., also stop the whining for us.

Nancy said...

Oh my gosh - looks at that HAIR! Cute :)

I don't have any great advice...when they started to understand things, I started saying "use your words" a lot when the whineies showed up. That or "I can't understand what you're saying so I can't help you..." At 4, Maggie's just starting to learn ;)

Goddess in Progress said...

Aww... baby whining is so sweet.

Sorry. :-)

Susan said...

I love that little guy's hair...so cute.

twin momma said...

my son - he's about a month older than Ned - does pretty much the same thing. I've been calling it whimpering because my little guy sounds so sad when he does it. his twin sister is a yeller. she clearly believes that if something is worth saying, it is worth saying emphatically!!!

Donna said...

Good luck with that! All I hear all day long from DS1 is 'why'. I never realized how much this would drive someone crazy until now. Every SINGLE thing has a why attached to it. Heaven help me! As I said, good luck.

Helen said...

Actually, I don't think it sounds that whiney! Maybe 'cause the whining I hear all day is very different- "ugh, I have to look for the answer..."

Julia said...

I think it sounds just like "talking"!

Anonymous said...

Julia is correct - Ned is talking. Whining starts at about age 2 and continues for 20 years or so.

Checking my old English-Baby dictionary, I find that Ned is saying something about a "Duke of York." The clip is too short to tell much more than that.