Elise Danger is 2 and is giving up the pacifier
Night two went MUCH better than night one and for that, I am grateful. So, so, so very grateful.
During a wake up at around 2 am, I heard the following:
~ Elise crying out ~
Elise: “Want my sapi (pacifier).”
~ pause ~
Elise: “Sapi Fairy gave me a card and a owl. Sapi is with all the new babies.”
~ Blissful silence ~
Click on “Read More” to follow our journey of parting with such a strong comfort object for Elise.
If you haven’t done so, you might want to check out our first night without the pacifier.
Elise asked for her pacifier during our normal bedtime routine, but Jeff reminded her that The Sapi Fairy had come because it was time to stop using the pacifier and she accepted it. She even said to him, “I got a card and a owl and a book.” Cute, right?
As for wakings, I only had to go into Elise’s room once very early this morning! The other 3 times she woke up and fussed, she was able to put herself right back to sleep without the pacifier. I did, however, hear her ask for it and then remind herself that The Sapi Fairy had come (story above).
And no casualties (unlike the first night)!
Night Three was ROUGH! It took her nearly an hour to fall asleep, and let me tell you: that was one hard hour for this Momma.
She never asked for her pacifier (mini win), but after our normal bedtime routine, she wouldn’t let me leave the room. She was screaming at the top of her lungs! That isn’t something she normally does, and I didn’t want to leave her screaming, so I sat down next to her crib. I asked her to calm down, snuggle her doggie, and sing a song with me. It worked!
And then I got up to leave. And can you guess what happened?
Yep, the screaming started all over again.
I hugged her, kissed her, and told her goodnight. And then I didn’t go back in. Listening to her cry was a bit heartbreaking for me, but I knew it was best.
Jeff took one for the team and went in to check on her after about 30 minutes (26 to be exact – I was timing, ‘cuz I’m like that). She just kept asking him for Mommy. Now, Jeff – you really have to love this German – told her plainly that Mommy had gone to bed. That’s it.
And do you know what happened after Jeff told her that Mommy went to bed? She no longer fussed. She could be heard talking and singing to herself for a few more minutes just like normal, but no more fussing.
Elise slept through the night! Do I dare even think it? Could we be on our way to permanently giving up the pacifier?
Please let me know in the comments section if you have any advice for us on how to give up the pacifier!