I am excited and sad to report that Kathryn went all night last night without her paci!
Taking the paci really wasn't a planned thing... Yesterday after her nap, I mentioned to her (like I have many times before) that soon her paci would need to go bye bye, that it was getting yucky and not for big girls anymore. Well, she went with that, and said "Trash" and ran her paci to the trashcan, leaned over it, and dropped it in. Now, she did this a few months ago, but cried and got it right back out. But this time she waved bye to it and then went on downstairs. So, then came bedtime. I debated on what to do. I wasn't sure if we were ready to embark on this journey or not, but felt like it would just be so confusing to her to go back and forth. So, at bedtime when she asked for it, I told her she was a big girl, and it was in the trash. I had forgotten to take it out of the trashcan, so she ran and looked at it in there (00ps!), but didn't try to get it out. She cried for an hour, a heartbroken kind of cry as opposed to a mad cry. I gave her a "special bear" that I had told her she was allowed to sleep with when her paci was gone, but after holding him a while, she threw him down. I think she took out her anger on not wanting the bear. But other than that she just sat on my lap while I rocked her and cried pretty quietly. It broke my heart...I cried along with her. She was still crying when I laid her down in her crib, and she continued to cry for an hour. I finally went back up to try to comfort her. She had torn apart her crib searching for a paci, and when I reached out my hands to pick her up, she turned them over and said "Paci?". Break my heart again....! I rocked her again for abotu 15 minutes. This time she didn't cry, just had the after-cry hiccups that kids get, as she fell asleep on me. After laying her down in her crib again, she slept all night without another peep! She woke up this morning talking and happy! We were so proud of her! For a treat, we got Chick Fil A for breakfast! She was so excited, and has been very sweet this morning. Praise God for a good first night! Now, we'll have to see how naptime goes today...!