So I decided this week was going to be the week. Austin was gone to a meeting/conference for work. On Monday night I snipped the end off one of his pacifiers and told him it was broken. He quickly confirmed that. I told him he was a big boy and didn't need a pacifier. He gave me a very sad look and said, "Okay" and laid down. I thought, "That was easy!" That was not the end of it, though. He was still whimpering sadly when I checked on him 30 min. later. It was rather heart-breaking. I ended up rocking/cuddling/sitting in his room until 11:00pm. It was actually kind of bittersweet, and I spent a long time reflecting on things.
The next day he ran to his crib for nap time until he remembered about the pacifier. Then he refused to nap. I soon gave up and we went outside to enjoy the last really nice day of fall. He was up late again at night, but pure exhaustion took over by 9:00pm.
On Wednesday at nap time I knew he was really tired because he almost fell asleep in my lap reading books. However, when I put him in bed he whimpered/cried for 30 min. and then played/chattered for 30 min. No nap again. By this time I'm scared that I might have ruined nap time for good. I'm ready to give the pacifier back in return for naps again.
I tried once more to go without the pacifier at night. After 1 1/2 hours of on/off crying and him soaking two different pajamas with tears, snot and drool, I gave Lincoln the last pacifier back at 9:00pm. He is coming down with a little cold, and we have company coming for Emily's birthday, so I decided it just wasn't worth it. He slept until 7:30am and then took a 2 hour nap this afternoon. It was the right decision. I'm just going to call it a failed experiment. And I'm going to get some new pacifiers the next time I'm at Target. ;o)
|This is Lincoln napping peacefully after getting his pacifier back even though he doesn't necessarily use it when sleeping.|