hmmm, where to start…  where to start…

so jasper has been having an ongoing love affair with her pacifier – she just loves it…  we limit her to being able to use it only at night but she would suck on a paci all day long if i let her…

i haven’t been that focused on weaning her off of it – just doesn’t seem like that big of a deal to me but i finally thought, “ok, she is over 3 years old now, in school and i think it is time…”

and so it was time…

i had done some research about it a long, long time ago in a galaxy far way…  back when she was almost one and it seemed like A Big Deal that she loved her paci so much…  it didn’t take me long to decide it wasn’t worth rocking that boat yet 🙂

but, due to my great foresight, i saved some of the articles that i had looked up – one of them i came across talked about something called The Pacifier Fairy

i remembered the story, looked it up again and thought, “well, that isn’t all bad – fairies, gifts, she likes both, right?”

and so our Hyams Paci Fairy was born…

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i am embarrassed to admit that i went full throttle on this fairy gig – i found some fairy notecards with little cut out butterflies and printed one out, i found a kitty with fairy wings and last but not least, i bought a cupcake…  nothing fairy about the cupcake although i did stick some butterfly cutouts in the frosting 🙂

i started talking the paci fairy up for several days and getting jasper familiar with this whole made up concept…  (please don’t reference santa claus, heather, i know…  i know…)

i dug up a pretty little cloth bag and we went around the house gathering up all the pacis (there were only two but you know), put them in the bag and hung it up in the window in jasper’s room – uh, so the paci fairy could see it, natch…

then we talked about what was going to happen and all that jazz and then?  we went to bed…  without her paci…  for the first time in her entire 3 years of living on this earth…

and she did fine…

she did better than fine, actually, she handled it with aplomb and made me very appreciative at how adaptable this child is…

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and the next morning, she woke up to find her notecard, her fairy kitty and the cupcake!  make no mistake, she was most excited about the cupcake she got to eat for breakfast!

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the things we parents do…  so silly…

but, hey, we are on our 4th night of paci free sleeping and not one tear has been shed, not one night spent in anguish – it was worth feeling silly about all this fairy nonsense for that alone…

yep…

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