So my 2 year old DD has been using her pacifier pretty much since she was born but at 18 months started only using it for naptime and bed time and sometimes if we were going on long car rides somewhere and she wanted it for whatever reason (which we have put to an end).
I have been worrying thinking I need to get her off the pacifier and not let her have it anymore or wondering how I would get her off of it without it being too much of a hassle. Then I have seen so many other women with kids my DD's age with pacifiers for just naptime and bed time and I just think I know sooner or later she will get off of it whether it's her doing or me weaning her from it. My DH and I agreed that we are going to wait and see if she gives it up on her own before we step in to do so. Well last night I was rocking her before putting her to bed and she took her pacifier out of her mouth and gave it to me and said "don't want it" and then I continued rocking her, put her to bed, she didn't ask for it still, then she talked herself to sleep and was out. I was very shocked that she did all of this on her own. It didn't feel right to me because she's always used it to comfort herself and to help with teething. She woke up around 4am whinning and only did it for a couple minutes then was out. She woke up this morning whinning/crying for me again but didn't ask for it. I am not sure how tonight will go with it but am I dumb for feeling bittersweet about her giving it up on her own? I feel like she is growing up even more now and the fact she did that all on her own shocked me and my eyes filled up with tears last night realizing she is such a big girl and maybe she doesn't need it anymore and going to put herself to sleep without it!