Some news...

1) I sold my camera!!!  Woohoo!;

2) I just ordered the Canon EOS 50D and it will be here in 2 days!; and

3)  Kaydence gave up drugs (i.e. her paci -- lol)!

First, I'm beyond excited that I was able to sell my camera, and now, I'm over the moon with my new camera that will be delivered on Thursday!  I was originally going to get a refurbished 40D through Canon's Loyalty Program, but when I called them today they told me it was out of stock, but that they had a 50D in stock.  After hanging up with them and discussing it with my husband, I called them back and ordered the 50D.  So it is currently on its way to me!  Yay!

Now on to weaning Kaydence from her paci.  Last Friday night, January 21, I just up and decided we were going to wean Kaydence from her paci the next day.  The following photo is how I came to the conclusion.  Pardon the cell phone pic...I don't have a camera (lol).

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Well, it might be a little hard to tell here, but do you notice how her palette/teeth are changing/crooked?  One side noticeably (to me) protrudes from the other.  Well, I've been really concerned about it lately and after talking to a friend who weaned her daughter for the same reason, I decided it was time.

I first noticed Kaydence's teeth/palette changing a few months ago, but I was nowhere near ready to wean her at that time.  I continued to worry about it, but figured the damage had already been done and we would just have to correct it with braces when she was older.  So I thought we would wait to wean her until she was a little older (maybe 3) when we could explain it to her more and she would understand.  But then this friend told me that since they weaned their daughter, her teeth had started to move back to where they should be (she has a slight overbite, but there is a significant difference).  I guess her doctor said that the teeth have a greater chance of moving back before the child gets their 2 year molars.  So once I heard that, my mind was made up and I decided we would wean Kaydence the next day...sooner the better, right?

So this is how it all went down.  I talked to Teirney about it on Friday night and he was very reluctant, but decided we would give it a try and just see how it went.  So the next morning when Kaydence woke up, we immediately told her it was a big day today because she was going to be a big girl and say "bye bye" to her paci.  We talked to her about it in this high pitch excited tone like she had won the lottery and she seemed to take to it well (hehe).  She got all excited and we had her take one of her pacis and throw it in the garbage.  I said "say bye bye to your paci -- because you're a big girl now and you don't need it anymore."  And that's exactly what she did.  She threw it in the garbage and said "bye bye" and was as happy as a clam.

Then, later that morning, Teirney was taking the trash outside, so I told Kaydence to come in the kitchen and say goodbye to her paci.  I showed her that it was in the garbage and that daddy was taking it outside.  She said "bye bye pa" and waved excitedly.  I said "you're such a big girl and you don't need it anymore."  And I explained to her that she would be taking a nap without it because she didn't need it anymore.  I don't know how many times I said that to her that day, but I just kept pumping it into her head -- yes, it's called brainwashing. lol  I was secretly so worried about the upcoming nap that was quickly approaching.

Fortunately for her (and us), Kaydence has a blankie that she has had since she was very little, so she at least has that for comfort (and I don't care if she keeps that until she is 90).  So nap time came and she of course cried (but more like fussing, not full out crying) for about 20 minutes and then she fell fast asleep without it.  That night, she went down without it again and it was silent for about a minute, then she fussed for about 2 minutes, then talked for about 1 minute, then it was silent and she fell asleep.  Needless to say, I was shocked!!!  You have no idea how much this child loved that thing.  She would ask for it in the middle of the day and even though we tried to limit it to naps and bedtime, she would usually somehow find one in the middle of the day -- the softy that I am usually let her have it for awhile.  So the fact that this has gone so smoothly, has beyond FLOORED me!

The next day was Sunday and we took a roadtrip to visit my sister and brother-in-law and that actually didn't go so well.  She always has her paci in the car and she is as calm as a cucumber.  Well, she basically cried/fussed all the way there and all the way back (1 1/2 hours each way).  It was pretty miserable, but we survived.  That night she went down pretty good again...only fussed for a bit.  So far, every day has been the same...she fusses (not cries) for a bit, but then she'll fall asleep fine and sleep normally.  I have hope that it will only get better.

This whole entire time, she hasn't asked for it once...no, not even ONCE!  Not even when she is fussing in her crib, so our brainwashing must have worked. lol  She really is getting to be a big girl.  She understands so much and I even feel like she is acting older since we've weaned her, of course, that could all be in my head. :-)

I'm sorry this got to be so long winded, but I mostly wanted to document this for my own purpose.  If you've gotten this far, bless your heart. :-)  Here's to hoping next week she goes down without fussing. :-)  My baby is growing up...sniff, sniff!

So for the record, as of January 22, Kaydence is weaned from her paci!

7 comments:

Tricia said...

I'm SO glad you did this! I had a terrible time with braces because of thumb sucking and...STILL...if I don't wear a retainer once in a while I get the same problem. It's horribly embarrassing. I'm proud of you for standing firm and being a continually excellent parent. Good job my friend! xoxo

aidkaid19 said...

Haha I'm the friend! Yaaayyy! Man I'm so glad it worked out so fab for you. Feels good to be done, doesn't it? :) good for you, momma!

Mitzi G. said...

Yeah for a new camera!!!

Jodi said...

Thanks for documenting! I'm sure we'll be dealing with the same thing with Sydney soon - she has a nap/bedtime pacifier addiction too!

sarah said...

Wow, that is so good! I dread weaning Gavin, but definitely want to do it sooner than later. We waited way too long with Avery and it was miserable -- there is no "reasoning" with a 3.5 year old. :)

Anonymous said...

Question about the Canon Loyalty Program...If you sold your old camera what did you send back to them? I'm confused, or maybe I'm just missing something.

Thanks!

Leah said...

thank you so much for all your encouragement! :-)

Anonymous -- we had an old Canon P&S camera laying around the house and that was what I sent back to Canon. :-)