Thursday, September 25, 2008

The End of a Long Chapter...

She has finally come to our home and put an end to over 4 years of really awesome and pretty bad. We've been wanting to invite her over for a visit since we first heard about her but until 2 weeks ago, it seemed she would never be able to.

Who could she possibly be, you ask?

The Paci Fairy.

Did you know that she even existed? We sure didn't. At least not until 1 1/2 years ago when we were told that Bella needed to let go of her pacifier for good. We tried everything from "oops where have they all gone" to snipping the end off and hoping she'd find no use for it. Have you ever heard a kid desperately slurp on a tipless pacifier??

Desperate.

At 3 years old and up, that's what the relationship with a child and her pacifier becomes. More than a handful of times, my husband or I have had to make a mad dash to the store for a stupid pacifier because of the heartbreak and wails from our dear daughter. She would literally have panic attacks and convulsions if bedtime came and her beloved cigarette...I mean...pacifier was not to be found.

So for the last 1 1/2 years, we have waited for her mad paci sucking to stop so we could pop it out of her mouth for the night. Do you know what a pain in the butt that was?? Okay, not that bad really.

We are probably considered "soft" parents because we don't believe in pushing our kids to do something that isn't absolutely necessary or they are too far from ready to do it. Isabella has taught me that lesson because if she isn't ready for change, then it is an uphill and losing battle to attempt it.

I had cut the tip of the pacifier last year and for some reason decided to do it again 2 weeks ago. When she saw her injured love, she started to panic but then I told her that pacifiers are meant for babies and a broken pacifier just gets full of germs. When she asked if those germs get into her mouth and I said yes, the love her life was suddenly the most disgusting thing she'd ever laid eyes on. It was suddenly a long-term relationship gone really wrong.
Sunday night, the Paci Fairy in all her glittery glam showed up. She left a sweet, sparkly note for Isabella, praising her big girl choice to leave the pacifier for her so another baby girl who needs a cig can use it.

The Paci Fairy also left a beautiful wood Melissa & Doug castle for the big girl. Yeah, that Paci Fairy has good taste!

Bella was able to make the change when she was ready and she is darn proud of herself for it.
Now I am happy to report that because Ava never used the pacifier as more than a teething tool, we will not have to invite the Paci Fairy over EVER AGAIN.
However, is there such thing as a Boob Fairy? May need to contact her before too long. For several reasons...

7 comments:

Katrina said...

Woohooo! That Paci Fairy doesn't skimp on the goods! Congrats on saying goodbye to the addiction for good. Amazing that after all that, it was finally "germs" that won the argument!

Jennboree said...

I know. I have been so stressed out trying to get her off the dang thing without breaking her heart. Finally, the ick factor ruled in our favor!

tallulah said...

Just catching up Jenn! Glad to see that you didn't push. Kids will come around in their own time and then you feel so good that THEY made the decision. It's a life-long learning tool and who else to teach it to them but their loving parents. Yeah!

MeesheMama said...

Check! Way to be ready, Bella. Mama, I admire your patience.

cori said...

Too, too funny!!

Kandace Groenewegen said...

I'm so jealous! I saw that castle at Toys R Us and secretly wanted to buy it for myself...

Great work all Bella & Paci Fairy! I'll give you a call when we need you.

louann said...

Oh yey for Bella!! I hope the paci fairy would fly our way soon.