Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Miracle!



Well, it's a week-old miracle now. But I didn't want to jinx myself if I posted about it or cheered too early.

We're finally rid of the pacifier! At least Anna's pacifier. I'm still working on getting David to like his right now. Ironic, isn't it? Anna never wanted anything to do with a pacifier for her first year or so while she had bottles. When we finally were weaning her off bottles around 12-15 months old, she started showing interest in a pacifier at nap and bedtimes to help soothe her to sleep. Pair the paci with her favorite blankie and bedtime was a piece of cake, so I had no problem with that! Fast forward to the last couple months and I have been wondering when to start the battle of taking away the paci. We only had it for bedtimes--and the occasional Sacrament Meeting which was right at her normal naptime--so I hadn't pressed the issue yet.
Last week Anna had an ear infection, and I let her have her paci throughout the day because she just looked so pathetic and sick, poor girl. She apparantly has been sucking pretty hard on it, because she took it out of her mouth and said, "Mommy, owie on it" like it was starting to wear through. So I casually mentioned that we might have to throw it away if it breaks. Much to my surprise, the next morning Anna brought it to me and said, "Owie on it, Mommy, throw it away." Her idea, no forcing on my part! She lifted the lid on the garbage can, threw it in, and then even said bye to it at my prompting. Yes!! I think I lucked out on that one.

Maybe she was making up for the fact that potty-training is no walk in the park. It's pretty hard to try to train a kid who is terrified of going near the toilet...

Anyway, we are over a week past, and she only asked for her paci one time the day she threw it away until I reminded her where it was. Hooray!

7 comments:

Mary said...

Yeah for you! I've personally never had paci struggles. My kids just lost interest at an early age, but then again my kids never were great nap takers so I guess maybe it's a toss up.

The Larson Family said...

Yay! It's so nice once they are finally off the binky. She is such a doll.

April said...

My boys don't like pacifiers right now either, but after reading Sarah's post about Lillian wanting one now and now Anna wanted one later too....Hmmmm...maybe our boys will want them too once we stop the bottles! I guess we'll see!

Greg and Tammy said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! That has to feel good. One point for mom!

Sara said...

I've missed reading your posts! I'm so happy for you. How old is she? Jordyn is almost 19 months and Jason really wants me to take hers away...I'm too whipy.

Liz said...

Funny the things that thrill me, huh? I'm still pretty psyched about that one. :)

Sara, she's 2 1/2 this month, so she'll be 3 in August. I was tempted to "break" her paci on my own eventually by cutting the nipple of it, but I got lucky and she did it on her own. Maybe that'll help you when you're ready?

Sarah said...

How funny that we both posted about binkies/pacifiers the same day! I'm glad to hear that Anna gave hers up without too much trauma. I could probably easily take Lilian's away right now since it is so new. But dang, it sure is nice for nap time!!