It's 1:10 am and it happened again. I've found Skylar's binky on the floor with the nipple chewed off. After my 6 month old falls asleep and the binky has fallen out of her mouth, my cat will jump in the crib, steal the binky, jump out of the crib, and chew off the nipple. I can't tell you how many pacifiers I've replaced and how much much money I've spent replacing them. (Nor do I want to know!) The most recent chewed up pacifier was bought only 3 days ago.
This has gotten ridiculous. I have two choices. I can get rid of the kids' favorite cat or I can wean Skylar off the binky.
Weaning the baby off the binky will result in a lot less tears!
She only takes a binky for naps and when she goes to bed. She isn't addicted to it at all. In fact, when I give it to her awake she just takes it out of her mouth and plays with it like it's a toy.
I think the hardest time without it will be when she's in the swing. She almost always needs her binky to fall asleep if she's in her swing. The weird thing is she can fall asleep anywhere else without it. When she's awake she usually chews and sucks on her fingers. Including her thumb. So it's entirely possible that by taking away the binky I will make her a thumb sucker.
1: 34 am
She's already gone back to bed without it, so maybe this will be easier than I think. The reason I even discovered another binky was eaten was because she woke up hungry. This didn't surprise me because she fell asleep for the night without her last bottle of the day. I fed her a bottle and she went back to sleep without a pacifier just fine.
I still have one pacifier left so if things get absolutely unbearable I can give her the last binky. But the cat will find it eventually. He always does! Maybe I should just feed it to him now so there isn't any temptation to cheat and give her back her binky "just this once."
My name is Julie Cornewell. I'm a 38 year old free-spirited woman, widow, divorcee, liberal, feminist, writer, artist, and single mother of five wonderful and creative children ages 8 months, 9, 12, 17, and 19. My spirituality sustains me throughout it all and is central to my life. I'm also a newbie to attachment parenting. Oh and sometimes I'm dating.