“Lay down”, I say. He drops like a sack of potatoes, puts his thumb in his mouth and stays there. I feel empowered. I am the “Colton Whisperer”. After countless hours of routines and consistency, he listens and responds to me well. He knows what to expect. But before this proud moment happens each day, much preparation is needed for naptime. Yes, that’s right. Naptime.
Comfort is not the reason he is dressed in his pajamas in the middle of the day. Because Colton likes to take off his clothes, including his diaper. Colton is as happy as pig rolling in mud in his crib. Unfortunately, if we miss a step, he looks like one, literally. We have learned these safety measures, one at a time, the hard way. What you DON’T see is the duck tape around the waist of his diaper, the special ordered large onesie, the safety pin attaching his pj’s to the onesie. The cutoff sleeves are not a fashion statement. They are a necessity. With long sleeves, he uses his teeth as a tool to wriggle his way out of the pajamas. Was that Houdini’s secret?