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.
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!
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.
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!