I am admitting with no small measure of shame that Ace still uses a pacifier. He only uses it to go to sleep, and hasn't fallen asleep without it since he was probably six months old. (Well, he can sometimes conk out in the car, but usually not without a pacifier.) We all know that it hasn't affected his speech as extended pacifier use can, but I know it's affected his teeth. I see braces in my future.
I have made half-hearted attempts to take it away before. I've tried peer pressure. "Big boys don't use pacis, Ace, don't you want to be a big boy?" He was not especially interested in that. One night I gave him a long talk beforehand and decided to go cold turkey. After he'd woken up for the 8th time crying for his paci, at 2am, I decided I wasn't ready for all that. Ohhhh, how I wish I'd stuck with it. I'd be done with this by now.
My mind is made up. He's going on Thanksgiving break in a couple of weeks, and has a whole week off. That's it. The end of pacifiers. Bye bye.
Here's my plan. Ace is going to receive a letter in the mail from The Little Einsteins. I've got to make up some reason why they need all of his pacifiers, and then have him mail them back to The Little Einsteins. I'm going to make stickers, letterhead, everything.
Do y'all think that The Little Einsteins should need the pacifiers for a mission in a couple of days, or immediately? Warning or no warning? Also, how much do you think he'll resent The Little Einsteins for the rest of his life?
If y'all get to Fryday and realize I've had no sleep, this is why. But dadgummit, he's three and a half years old and I should've taken the paci away two years ago.
4 days ago