The tragedy. Two star crossed lovers forced apart. That girl would be one with the pacifier 24/7 if we allowed it. We have scaled back and she only gets it at bedtime or naptime and it resides in her bed as not to tempt her. However, when she is sick, we have caved and let her have her "boyfriend."
Mini #2 has had a lot of ear infections recently, so that means a lot of time with the pacifier. At the last doctor's appointment last week about the most recent ear issue and cold/virus thing, he commented on the need to "86" the pacifier as excessive sucking on things such as the bottle or pacifier are ear infection culprits.
What did you just say Doc????
You mean, we need to drag these two apart? Are you willing to come and facilitate that? Mr., Mini #1, and I will just check in at the Hilton for a few weeks while this breakup occurs.
The pediatrician wasn't down for that as he has three little ones at home. So, I kept the news from the sweet girl while I worked on a plan. I thought of the cute little things some friends did with their children, but it won't work with Mini #2. She is younger than some of the examples I know, so won't really get the "let's box up your most prized possession and send to baby _________. You don't need it anymore since you are a big girl. Let's share with this baby." She wouldn't really get it, but would also be one highly ticked off little girl that her mother boxed up her favorite thing right in front of her.
Option A: quit cold turkey. Pacifier? What pacifier? There isn't a pacifier nor have you ever had one...you must have dreamed that. We don't have any pacifiers for a 50 mile radius.
Option B: slowly work back down and even stop at nap, just at bedtime and gently wean ourselves from this obsessive relationship?
We have two more days of the antibiotic and I think we have decided that Option A is the best way to go. You know, best to just rip the bandaid right off.
Any suggestions, thoughts, we are taking them. Also, any prayers you can send our way as I'm sure we will need them.