Saturday, August 7, 2010

Good-Bye, paci

one last moment with the paci

And she places it on the table

And it hits her what is happening, and you can see the concern all over my face

And here, the heartache she is going through, and my double chin--lovely
So, Ann has the great idea to give her an early birthday present as a "trade-off."  So she opens her medical kit, and this helped...for a little while.
But the reality was that when she went to bed that night, it was without her pacifier, and it was a bit heartbreaking. 

She was wailing.  It was bad.

Finally, my mom ended up lying with her until she fell asleep, and my heart was hurting for Ada.  I think this is the hardest thing she has had to do in her short little life.

We still had trouble last night when she went to bed, and it was Scott who ended up lying with her that time.  I was with her, fell asleep, and then John demanded my attention, so Scott and I traded.  And then this morning at 5:45 am, she came and got me, so there I was in her twin bed again, and she was crying and saying things like, "I don't want to be a big girl; I want to be two, not three," and the clincher, "but, mommy, paci is my best friend,"  I said, "I know, baby, but it's going to be okay."

And tonight finally, I had to "nip things in the bud," so she is going to sleep on her own. 

Really, bless her heart.  Today, Scott had to go wake her up from her nap because it was getting late in the day, and Scott said that her mouth was making sucking motions in her sleep.  As my mom said, Ada is in withdrawal, and it's not easy. 

Anyway...this has been quite the ordeal, but I think we are past the worst of it.

I will be back soon with birthday fun and Ada's first "real" hair cut.  I know you are on the edge of your seat. 


Kathy said...

I think we're leaving the paci for Santa this year... hoping it's not a hard transition!!! A paci is never medicine for those sweet babes - never an easy habit to break! Here's hoping for a better night's sleep for everyone!

Kathy said...

oops - meant "nerve medicine" not "never medicine"

Ashley said...

You'll have to write me a facebook note and give me your opinion on whether you wish you had taken paci away sooner. Reagan sleeps so well with hers and it keeps her in the crib long after wakeup and nap time so my inclination is to let her keep it until 3 yo (new baby will be 6mo then) but am looking for opinions.