When Addison was a tiny newborn we, like many other parents, gave her a pacifier. I owe many things to this “paci” as we call it in our house. The paci has brought me quiet car rides and hours of uninterrupted sleep. It has saved me from the evil glares of fellow airplane passengers on many of the 14 flights I’ve braved with a baby. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and in this case it is especially painful-or it will be…eventually.
See? That’s my problem. I. Don’t. Want. To, at least not yet.
I know Addison is almost two (sob.) and the pediatricians recommend toddlers lose the paci by then, but with a move across the globe approaching, I just can’t take the plunge. First, I’ll admit, it’s terrifying. I know when we take the plunge there will be many, MANY days of whining and crying that I will just have to tolerate. Naps will be a struggle, nights will be long, but I know we will make it through.
My main issue really is that of our move. For those of you who don’t know, we are a military family and will be moving back to the U.S. in March. PCSing (permanent change of station) is scary and stressful for everyone, so I know Addison would really benefit from having her comfort item. She doesn’t have a favorite blankie or stuffed animal, so it feels kind of harsh to strip her from the one source of comfort she does have just due to the pediatricians time table.
So yes, I am listening to my mommy instincts and we are waiting until we reach the good ol’ U. S. of A. before I tackle the paci problem. But you know what? I’m kind of looking forward to it. Like 10 % of me is looking forward to it at least. Mainly just so I can take a photo without seeing a giant hunk of plastic on my child’s face, and so I can quit checking every nook and cranny for a stupid lint covered paci before bedtime. Those instances I will not miss. Until then, Paci, your days are numbered.
Are you battling with a paci or have you conquered this already?? Tell me how below!