Oh happy day!! This momma is doing the happy dance because we said good-bye to the paci and diapers (except bedtime). Ok, so I have shed a few tears over these huge milestones because it means that my baby is growing up. But I am happy that I don't have to keep up with pacies and pay a fortune for diapers!
Beginning in June, I started encouraging Addison to use her little potty. When we were at home, I would leave her in a shirt and big girl panties. She only had 2 or 3 accidents and realized that she wasn't all that fond of being wet, so she started telling me she had to potty or just going on her own with Audrey's assistance. I couldn't believe how quickly she caught on! My first trail with potty training Audrey was so frustrating and took FOREVER...but Addison caught on quickly and was a happy girl to get to wear big girl panties like her sister.
Now the paci...that is a whole different story! This girl L.O.V.E.D her a paci! I'm pretty sure it bordered on an addiction problem. haha. I was so tired of having to keep up with pacies and fetch them all the time. So I began snipping the end of the pacies a little bit. The first night I did it was TORTURE!! Corey was at work and Addison screamed and cried about her "broke" paci for hours. I refused to give in, though. The next night went a little better. I left the pacies that length for several nights, then snipped them again. This went on for about 3 weeks getting shorter and shorter. I noticed that she wasn't fond of them as much anymore. So one night I just hid the paci to see if she would request it at bedtime. She didn't! So from that point on, I made them disappear. About a week after the paci "disappeared" she asked about it. I told her it was broken and in the trash and she was too old for it.
Now I will say that I have kicked myself more than once for saying good-bye to the paci because since the paci went away, my child who was a great sleeper REFUSES to sleep- nap or bedtime. (sign) Hopefully, one day that will pass and she will learn to love sleep again...because her mommy certainly does!