Monday, May 6, 2013

Paci Free??

We have been officially 'Paci-Free' since Saturday, and it's going a little better than expected. We took the hole punch route first, but it frustrated Kylie more than anything, and Kendall was still sleeping with her paci in her mouth. They were being a little crazy during their nap on Saturday, so I just marched in a took them away. They protested (of course), but they eventually fell asleep. It only took 1.5 hours....ugh. Needless to say, when I woke them up a mere hour later, they were NOT happy. Luckily they eventually snapped out of it.
FINALLY Asleep...
I guess they do have a little bit of 'twin' in them.  They have their arms in the exact same position except Kylie's hand is on her face, and Kendall's is under her head. <3
We took them to the park on Saturday afternoon (after they snapped out of their moodiness), and while they were there, another idea hit me. The girls like their pillows, but they don't seem to be completely taking their minds off their pacis. I asked Kevin what he thought about giving them a book or two in their crib. That way they had something to look at while they settle down for the night. It worked great! They were so enthralled with the books, that they didn't even ask for their pacis.

Naptime on Sunday was more of the same. They ended up getting a solid 1.5 hours of sleep though, so a little better than Saturday. Last night, they did well for the most part. It took them a bit to fall asleep, and Kylie was yelling "Mommy! Mommy! Come here!" about 20 minutes after putting them down. I went up and she was standing in her crib. I asked her what was the matter.

Kylie: "Paci go?"
Me: "No more paci, Kylie. They're all gone."
Kylie: "Why, mom...why?"
Me: "Because you're a big girl. You don't need a paci anymore. Why don't you lay down and read your book?"
Kylie: "Night-night Mommy."

Surprisingly Kendall, who has been my paci addict since she was 2 weeks old, has had a much easier time with this transition. I thought she was going to be waking at night and freaking out since she slept with her paci in all night. Nope. She's whined a little here and there, but that's it. Once she's asleep, she's good. I shouldn't be surprised by now, she usually takes transitions in stride. Kylie has always been the one who has problems with change. (Hence the fact that she STILL pretty much refuses milk 8 months after taking the bottle away...)

So there you go. Our experience with taking away pacifiers. Hopefully this helps someone. All in all, it wasn't as bad as I was expecting. Hopefully it gets easier with time. Next big sleep transition....toddler beds. (shudder)....

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