12month update that we were soon saying bye-bye to the passy. I honestly didn't think it would be that big of a deal, since he only used it in his crib for sleeping and it would usually fall out of his mouth as soon as he fell asleep. I had read that you should try to kick it by 12 months, because after that is when they develop stronger attachments to things. So one night I decided to put him down without it. You would have thought I put him to bed without food. He was so sad! So.........I caved. I couldn't handle how sad it made him. But I definitely should have followed the advice because throughout his 13th month I watched him seemingly grow more attached to it every day. In fact, he started finding it after he woke up and sticking it back in, which he had never done before! I tried cutting the tip off, like some had told me, but he was not going to fall for that trick!
So, at the end of 13 months, I knew it had to be done. Brace for it. Be strong. It's for his good!! [Mental picture - 3 yr.old with pacifier!]
Put him to bed without it, and yes, sad, sad tears for probably 30 minutes. Ugh. But he did go to sleep. The next nap, just a few minutes of fussing, next nap, right to sleep. WHEW. So, one night of 30 minutes of crying (which to a momma feels like f.o.r.e.v.e.r), but then we were done. Oh Happy Day!
I don't love the cry it out method. Thankfully, Graham has only had to do it a couple of times in his life. But I have learned, that when you know you are doing the absolute best for your baby, that is good and right and ok to do. Doesn't God do that with us? Allow us to go through hardships sometimes so we can enjoy the greater pleasures on the other side?
So, Mr Bink, it's been a good run. I couldn't have done it without you. You soothed our fussing baby many times. You kept meltdowns in check. You allowed for several peaceful airplane trips. And road trips. You helped us sleep-train to the 12-hour sleep at 14 weeks. You soothed our buddy right to sleep every time without crying. Thanks for all that. We can only hope that all our of children will love you as much as we do. :)