Thursday, October 11, 2012

Buh Bye, Paci!

Charlotte is a little over 2 1/2 years old, and I finally decided that it was time to get rid of the paci.

I weaned her off day use and in the car use a while back, but she was still using the paci at naptime and during the night.

I knew that it wasn’t going to be easy.  Charlotte has never consistently slept through the night, and she was still waking up in the middle of the night asking for the paci if it fell out of her mouth.

Now that Charlotte is potty trained, there has been a lot of talk about her being a “big girl.”  I told Charlotte that big girls don’t use pacis.  Babies used pacis and there were new little babies that would like to use hers.  If Charlotte wanted to, she could find all of her pacis, put them in a basket, and the Paci Fairy, Pacitina (based off of Toothetina from the Silverlicious book), would come during the night, leave Charlotte a BRAND NEW TOY, and take the pacis to new little babies.

Charlotte was on board.

She collected all of her pacis, put them in the basket, and then 15 minutes before bedtime, managed to get hit in the head with a plastic baseball bat.  Then 5 minutes before bed, she fell out of a chair flat on her face.  Jarrod and I knew there was no way that she was going to sleep without the paci that night.

But the next night, she was ready.

Buh Bye Paci

Or at least she thought she was.

Charlotte cried for her paci for two hours before she fell asleep!  Somehow Trenton was able to sleep through all the racket.  I held strong (with the help of some wine).  Charlotte knew that Daddy might be a weak link though.  When I would go upstairs to quiet her down, she would tell me to “go away – go talk to Daddy.”  Then around 11:15 when she woke up from her sleep crying for her paci again, she would scream (loud enough for Jarrod to hear her in our room), “Daddy, please!  Please, please, please Daddy!”.  Jarrod held strong too though, and we made it through the night – albeit without much sleep.

Charlotte was so excited to come downstairs in the morning to find a note and a new toy from Pacitina!

Paci Fairy GiftPaci Fairy NotePaci Fairy Gift 2

We’ve been paci-free for a week now, and Charlotte still asks for the paci now and then.  And she still wakes up at least once in the middle of the night.  But now that Charlotte doesn’t use the paci, she has picked up another habit – she HAS to hold Trenton’s hand to fall asleep (or to fall back to sleep after waking during the night).  As much as Trenton loves his sister, he tells me that he doesn’t want to hold her hand all of the time!  But, he goes with it, and we all eventually get some sleep.

Holding Hands

I’m hoping that a full night’s sleep for our whole family will come soon!  My under eye circles are hoping for the same!

26 comments:

Kristin Leamy said...

They are SO SWEET!! the basket and fairy are a brilliant idea, way to go :)

Jenny said...

Thanks! We did the same thing with Trenton when he gave his paci up. He gave his up a lot easier than Charlotte has. Today at naptime she asked for her paci again. I told her that she gave them to the paci fairy. "I not want her to take them all!"

Julie Moore said...

Hopping over from SITS.

I remember breaking my oldest from the paci...Wasn't until after his brother was born, and only because he didn't want his brother to be without. LOL :) Ironic thing is, his brother didn't even use a paci. :) Anyway, I was thrilled when he gave it up. Now I have the same job facing me with my nearly 2 1/2 year old daughter. She only gets it at nap time and bed time, and that's because (without it) she goes for the thumb. We'll see how that all goes in the future.

Anyway, congrats on being paci-free! That's a BIG deal!! :)

Have a great weekend.

Krishann said...

I am sitting here listening to my daughter(7 weeks)asleep and sucking on her pacifier and just had to come on over (via SITS) and see what your post was all about. With my first she gave up her binky so easily and I can't help but wonder how it will be with my littlest. Such a great idea to have the Paci Fairy come!

And so sweet that she wants to hold her brother's hand and that he lets her. The photo of that is too precious!

Angela said...

I love the Paci Fairy idea--my oldest had a tough time giving it up...my other two refused them entirely, so I had almost forgotten about "the day" when the pacifiers disappeared. It's a big step! Have a great week. I'm following from the Monday Mingle!

Ashlee @ Laugh with Ash said...

A friend of mine used the Paci-fairy idea too!! It worked great for her, but e went with the cold-turkey approach after we lost the last binky. It was not so well for the first few days, but hey we survived!!


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Kate @ Daffodils said...

O my word that last picture... it is too much!

Jenny said...

Thanks! And good luck with getting your daughter off the paci!

Jenny said...

It was so funny this time around, because my 3 year old made up a whole story about the Paci Fairy - she is the Tooth Fairy's sister and they live together and have pretty teeth!

Thanks for stopping by! I see from your blog that you are in Cali too. We've been in the Monterey area since March.

Jenny said...

My mom tells me that I had a tough time giving it up too, so I guess what goes around comes around!

Thanks for the follow! I'm following you now too!

Jenny said...

I think we might be getting there! We adjusted bedtime in hopes of getting both kids a little more tired before putting them down. The past two night there have been no bedtime battles, and Charlotte has slept through the night! I'm knocking on wood!

Thanks for the follow! I'm following you now too!

Jenny said...

Thanks, Kate! They do act sweet every once in a while! :)

Jelli said...

What a cute photo of the two of them sleeping. Loved the creativity behind the paci-doll exchange. So happy for you that it's gone well. I don't have experience with pacis, but am sure it's not an easy habit to break. Thanks for linking up with me this week, Jenny.

Rachel Joyce said...

Stopping by from SITS, and I had to read this one! I have 3 girls, and although my oldest didn't really suck anything, one of my twins is a paci girl, and the other is a thumb sucker! After Christmas, we're going to start the weaning process, and I am not looking forward to it.

The Liebers said...

My son is 2 1/2 right now and I am planning on getting rid of binkies soon. Maybe...I am not looking forward to the sleep we will all lose! I'm not sure if a Binky Fairy would work right now with it being so close to Christmas. Thankfully he only takes it at bedtime, and I don't give it to him unless he asks. It doesn't help that my mid-kid is 5 and still sucking his thumb. I don't know which is worse!

misssrobin said...

What a fabulous idea! And how sweet that she holds her brother's hand. It will pass. All will be well. Everyone will sleep. Eventually. Best wishes.

Sheila Skillingstead said...

I remember reading this before. I still love it. Thanks for the post. Enjoy your SITS Day.

Lydia said...

That is so precious that they hold hands. I love it! Congrats on achieving this, and the fairy was a smart idea! Happy SITS day!

Stephanie Kneese said...

Aww, that's such a cute idea, the paci fairy.

Britton said...

Oh my goodness! How sweet is that holding of the hands! Sooo cute! Thankfully, neither of my daughters were big on the paci so that was one habit I didn't have to break...now this potty training on the other hand...*sigh* Happy SITS day again!

Nicole @ Pencil Skirts and Noodle Necklaces said...

Happy SITS day! Getting rid of pacis is always an interesting mom task. We snipped the tip off our both of our kiddos' pacis. The "broke" because they were too big for them. Worked like a charm. The fairy idea is adorable.

Jill from PJgamers said...

That is so sweet! cute that she gets such comfort from her brother...and cute that he would take care of her like that. Your family is adorable :)
♡ Jill

DaniD said...

Great post - I love this idea and hope that by now you are getting sleep :) happy SITS day!

Jean said...

Oh, I hated the paci reliance my 1st child had, so we never allowed them again with the next 3. Child 2 & 3 sucked on fingers until we broke them of it. Child 4 had the weird "comfort habit" of sticking her finger in her belly button. She's just turned 5 and still does it when she's tired or stressed. Happy SITS day!

Carlo said...

What a sweet and endearing way to stop her from wanting to use a pacifier. That is a brilliant idea... to create a "Paci Fairy". I'm sure that your "big girl" is proud of herself and that you guys are proud of her too.

Happy SITS Day and Merry Christmas to you and your family too!
PS I got so tickle when you said that your son said he didn't want to hold his sisters' hand all of the time! Boys. They're something else. :-)

homejobsbymom said...

Such a cute idea! I'm lucky my kids never liked the paci. They just would spit them out.