Audrey Kate and I went through her whole bedtime routine - and after prayer I put her in her crib. And you will never guess what happened........she DIDN'T cry. She just laid down and eventually fell asleep....no tears....no pacifier!!! What a big girl!!! Oh....and she now calls me Mama!!! So sweet -- still brings tears to my eyes -- we only have two things left to work on...for now.
1. Transitioning to full time sippy cup (I gave her some formula in her sippy the other day and she just let it dribble out of her mouth...she did this two times. Then I put the formula in her bottle and she sucked it down....uuggghhh - I am definitely introducing the milk in the sippy cup. 2. Transitioning to milk from formula (I want to wait until after her doctor's appointment on Friday to make sure that she is nutritionally ready to move to milk....she is just so petite!)
We have a small entertainment center with little storage areas where we put Audrey's toys. Well, I guess Audrey thought she could crawl through or something - and she got stuck....and got upset -- hahaha -- silly girl!
We were re-organizing the garage and found this great tub for Audrey Kate to play in. We filled it with water, put her inside, and then gave her the hose. She thought that that was hilarious. Take a look at the video. :)
Audrey Kate is halfway through Day 6 without her pacifier. She had a great weekend, but I was concerned about her going to school without her pacifier. She didn't take a morning nap - just fussed in her bed for a while and then started talking and singing - haha - - but she did take a good afternoon nap. Her teacher said she was a little bit clingy too - but I think if we give her another week she will be doing just great. I know that I decided to give up the pacifier early - but I knew that she could do it and I knew that the earlier we did it the easier it would be - even if she had a hard time napping at school. We can work through that. I hope I did the right thing for her - this parenting stuff is hard!!! (mostly hard to make a decision and know that it is the best one for your child -- uuggghhh)
Day 2 has gone remarkably well. She has cried for less than 15 minutes and that is only at naptime and bedtime. We went to Walmart after her afternoon nap/snack and then went over and played with the children across the sleep before bed. Audrey Kate did great and only cried for her pacifier when I put her in her crib. All in all day 2 was a success. I am still not planning on taking her to church tomorrow so that she will not miss her morning nap. That way she will be able to focus on being without the pacifier without being over tired. I am so proud of how good she is doing without her pacifier.
On a different note, Audrey Kate has been extra cute today. We have been reading her several books a day since she was born. This girl LOVES books. She looks at them by herself all the time and loves to help turn the pages and imitate us pointing to the pictures. Well, today she started bringing books to us and then putting her hands up so we can put her in our lap. She waits while we read looking at all the pictures and imitating some of the sound effects. Then she gets down and gets another one. Then the process starts all over. Also, today she kept bringing me my flip flops and wanting me to put them on. Then she wanted me to take them off. She would pick them up - walk around with them a while and then bring them back for me to put on. So cute!!
She has been saying several words for a while, but the list keeps growing and growing. She now consistently and spontaneously says:
Daddy, Annie, Hi, Bye, Ba(for bottle), and woof woof for dog. So cute - she is also imitating a ton - but rarely does she even attempt to say mama - so silly. She will get it one of these days.
Well... Audrey Kate did GREAT! She cried a total of 20 minutes. It seemed that the hardest thing for her was bedtime. We usually give her the pacifier while we go through the bedtime routine - so she knows bedtime is coming - I think she still thought that it was time to play even though we did the same routine. She cried for about 10 minutes and has been asleep ever since. I hope she sleeps well through the night.
Wes has been sick the past 3 days - so Audrey Kate and I have been spending lots of quality time together. Let's just say that life as a single mother would be tough. Today I was taking care of Wes, Audrey Kate, and Annie (she was needing lots of attention and playtime today)straigtening up the house, catching up on laundry, and trying to do a little work from home. I am exhausted from my day....looking forward to the weekend and having Wes back on his feet.
Ok...I thought about it all week and decided that this weekend was the weekend to begin round 2. And this is a round I plan on winning. I am more prepared this time. The schedule for the weekend is light, no big plans or outings that would take us far from home. And, we have her "Tiga" (her stuffed Tiger) and a blankie ready to comfort her. I put her down for her nap this morning and she cried for about 5 minutes and then was off to sleep. I am so proud of her! We have 4 days to work on this before she goes back to school. I think that we probably will not go to church on Sunday so she can stay on schedule and work on being without her dear pacifier. I know that she can do it, and I know that I can do it. When she goes back to school, it will be hard on the teachers because 2 of the other children in her class use the same pacifier that she does. But her teachers are great and I know that they will help Audrey Kate along. Lift up a prayer for my little one!
Well, round one of giving up the pacifier goes to Audrey Kate! The first day went great! We stayed home all day and completely on our routine. She cried for a total of 30 minutes and even slept all night....but then came Saturday. I didn't realize how much Audrey Kate used a pacifier to cope with being away from home. She wants it in the car, when she is tired, and when she is in a strange place. It is definitely her security blanket. Well, Saturday we were out running errands in the morning and it did not go well at all. So, the girl got her pacifier back. I think that maybe we need to decrease pacifier use out of the house first before we take it away all together. I think that we will start to bring a special toy with us when we are out and about to help with the transition. I just never realized how much she relied on it for comfort. I think the time we take it away we need to plan on a good 4 days straight at home to get used to life without her pacifier. Now, I don't plan on having a child on a pacifier until 3, I just plan on having a better plan the next time around. I think we will give her another few weeks and then try it again. LOL - maybe I gave in too quickly - but her pouty face is just too cute!!
We have 20 days...that is right my friends....there are 20 days left until my little baby girl turns 1!!! I can't believe that she is almost one already. We have several things to accomplish by the time she is one. She is already walking, eating well (this is a biggie for her) and talking up a storm. So, you may be saying, what is left. Here is the list:
Step 1: Falling asleep by herself - yeah - this one has been acheived. She fusses when we sing the good night song or she sees her crib because she knows it is coming - but then she goes down pretty quickly - our schedule has really helped with this - plus the fact that she was ready but mommy and daddy really enjoyed rocking her to sleep,
Step 2: De-pacifier - oooohhh I am not looking forward to this one - but AK already just takes a paci at nap time. I think we should start today - nap time is in about 30 minutes - should we try it with no pacifier? -- this could be a long weekend. How long do you think it will take AK to learn to sleep without the pacifier? 1 nap session (I wish), 1 day, 3 days, a whole week --- place your bets!!!
Step 3: De-bottle and move to full time sippy cup use Step 4: De-formula and embrace milk! Step 5: Say MAMA!!
I will keep you updated on how the steps go!! (Don't forget to place your bets or tell me I am crazy!)
The most horrible thing happened to me today...I was updating my blog list. The blog list is so cool because it lets me know when people have updated their blogs and then I know I have new news to read. I was trying to add a new blog and the whole list DELETED!!! I am so sad....the worst part is that I don't know the blog links of all my friends --- uuuggghhhh -- so...if you read my blog - please send me a link to yours so that I can stay updated. I love reading about your lives and feel completely friendless now...it is almost like I lost my cell phone -- boo hoo!! :(
(I added the ones that I could remember or locate - so please let me know if I left you out)