Sunday, October 2, 2011

Can You Tell What's Missing?

You may have noticed in some of our recent pictures that there's something missing lately....
Oh, did you miss it??? 
Here's a hint:

Yep! That's right! We are officially paci free!!!

I know there are a ton of sites out there that have plenty of ways to cope with paci weaning.
When you begin reading some of them, it seems overwhelming and stressful. 
Ryan and I swore that Caleb would be completely paci free by the time he turned one...Yeah, that didn't happen. By the time he turned one, he was way too attached to it. 
Then we said it would happen by the time he was 18 months. 
It didn't happen then either...We didn't feel like it was that big of a deal. 
His teeth looked fine, he was happy, and we knew it would be over by the time he turned 2...

I read a couple of lovely stories about the Paci Fairy visiting one night and one family who tied the paci to a balloon and set it free so another baby could have one. If you've met Caleb in real life, you know that isn't going to work! He's never really been big on bribes...he just wants his way....

We heard that sometimes a child's verbal development is delayed due to the paci. Children sometimes learn to point and get what they want when a paci is in their mouth instead of having to verbalize what they want. While Caleb is such a talker, we worried about what the paci could do in the future. Ryan and I decided it was time to kick the paci to the curb!

I'll have to admit....we didn't sugar coat it nor did we have a big party to celebrate such a milestone. We simply showed some tough love. One day while Caleb was at school, we gathered all of the pacis together and threw them in the garbage. Not only did it guarantee Caleb would not find them, it also made sure Ryan and I wouldn't give in and give them back! I almost cried when we threw some of the cute ones away. When Caleb came home, he never even noticed! As long as he didn't see one, things were just fine. 

I was mostly concerned about bedtime, but we never had an issue. I was beyond surprised. 

We made one mistake along the way...
Caleb had lost one under the couch. 
He found it while I was cleaning and snatched it up!
I quickly took it away and threw it in the garbage....You would have thought I'd taken his long lost friend.
He had a complete meltdown and lost it. 

A month later, we are so glad we got rid of them. We don't have to worry about leaving it at home and then really needing it. We don't have to worry about his teeth or his speech. He don't have to worry about the germs. We probably could have done it a lot sooner, but oh well!

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