This week has been HELL! We've been down to 1 paci for a few weeks now and only at naptime/bedtime for months. The ones we've gotten rid of so far were put under her pillow and left for the "Paci Fairy" who left her a treat in it's place. And she did great with this. Saturday after her nap I couldn't find her paci so I kept tellhing her sweetie Mommy can't find paci so we need to find it or you won't have it at bedtime. Well bedtime came and I still hadn't found it and told her that when she asked for it during story time. DH said he'd go look for it. He found it but we didn't tell her that because she seemed to be doing ok with us saying it was lost so we thought we'd take advantage of it and go along with it to see how she did. Saturday and Sunday she didn't do too bad for naps/bedtime but since then it's been awful! She's been breaking my heart and DH and my patience are being pushed to the absolute limts with the sreaming and crying and not settling down at naptime/bedtime....it's taken HOURS for her to fall asleep and she doesn't fall asleep without us in the room, so we've been there for all of those hours.
I can't imagine how tough this is for her being as she's had it since birth, was super attached/addicted to it, and really does not know how to fall asleep without it! We've tried encouraging her to snuggle with her Taggie (her other "lovie") and stuffed animals, we've tried letting her have her projecter on, my Mom even brought back out to her the fisher price crib aquarium she had as a baby. I'm tempted to tell her we found the paci but have it be not as good (I would poke holes or snip it a little bit) and then continue with that route hoping she weans herself and that would be less painful for her. DH said no, we can't go back at this point we've come this far. Today/tonight is day 5 of being without it, but I'm worried this is going to continue and it's not good for her to be losing this sleep and getting this worked up about it every time. Last night and yesterday she was just so emotional at naptime/bedtime she was just crying/screaming about anything and everything....she wasn't even saying it was because she wants/needs her paci, but DH and I know that's where it's steming from...not having that security.
This was my worst fear of taking it from her and it's now come true! We really HAVE to get her away from it and asap because her teeth are really bad and the ped dentist of course thinks it's from the paci. After hearing her last results and seeing her x-rays from her cleaning a month ago DH and I have been so upset with ourselves for letting her have it this long and worry about her being picked on when she starts school. I just don't know what to do and what would be the best to do this for her and us at this point.