Sunday, October 15, 2006

Good-Bye Paci!

Last week was a monumental one at the Willbanks' household. Hayley bid farewell to her paci after never sleeping a night or a nap without it for 2 solid years. She has a chipped front tooth (a whole blog entry in itself) that is now very sharp. She gnawed halfway through her paci after her nap the other day. I hadn't planned on weaning her from it yet, but when I saw she could actually bite through the thing and potentially swallow it, I realized I had no choice but to tell her to throw it away and say good-bye for good. I have been AMAZED at how easy this transition has been. She still asks for it at bedtime but doesn't pitch a fit when I tell her they're all gone and we had to throw them away. She goes to sleep just fine. It has been wonderful to have it be this easy! She'll say, "I want paci and blankie! (And then looks at me with a silly face and says in a silly voice) Not paci!! Just blankie." I told her she could keep blankie when she sleeps as long as she wants. It will be interesting to see how long she holds on to that. My baby is growing up! I have a feeling Jack's thumb will be another story. : )


jettybetty said...

It's so much easier without the paci--seems like she gets--paci is--gone!

Courtney said...

Hooray for Hayley and Mom! It seems like something we dread that doesn't turn out to be quite as bad as we thought. Enjoy your newfound freedom from always having to find paci before sleeping, especially in the car!

mindy tyndall said...

Here's my history with the paci...
Christine turned 2 while we were at Walt Disney World and "it seems that Minnie Mouse had a friend who needed a paci...etc..."! Emily turned 2, but had a new baby brother and so we let her hang on to hers a little longer. We had a little issue with crickets and so one morning when couldn't find it, she said "I bet those crickets ate it!". Brad had his until a couple of months after his 2nd birthday. No withdrawal here - he had 5 or 6 hidden around his stuff. I can't even remember when he stopped.
I do know this...the paci helped then just as it helps now. Sometimes to quiet, sometimes to comfort, sometimes to develop sucking, and sometimes just because they wanted it.
Congratulations, Hayley! You're a BIG girl now!
Hugs - Miss Mindy

Shelly said...

I'm with you, I am a HUGE fan of the paci. I guess around 2 seems to be the best time to take it away from your experience. I loved the "I guess the crickets ate it," line that obviously all it took for Emily to be okay with it! :)

Brooks Inc. said...

Congrats! And that is the most precious of pictures of Tra and Hayley!

Payton never took a paci. Benjamin has to have his bumper pad and his thumb...I know that some day we will have to quit the bumper pad thing (We currently take all 4 with us when we travel...:))The thumb is going to be a hard habit to kick...Yikes- we will cross that bridge when we get there.

Love you-


Rachel G said...

Oh it was a GLORIOUS day when tne "Nuk" left us! My girl was 3 before she gave hers up. We had to bribe her. So now we have a Guinea Pig named Mia which was her reward! :)