Dummy’s. We had planned to get rid of the little lady’s one just before she turned two. Then her birthday came and went, and yet the dummy was still there. We’ll get rid of it just after she turns two the husband and I said to each other non commitedly shortly after her birthday. In all honestly, as much as we both disliked it, we were fairly laissez faire about it all. Until this weekend when the little lady returned from her play date come sleepover at my sister in laws, sans dummy. She had started something, and well, it kind of made sense for us to continue down that path.
So here we are, day four sans dummy. The first few days were hard for us all. Much harder than anticipated. In fact, of all the parenting experiences, obstacles and challenges, it has felt like the hardest so far. It has required nerves of steel to say no, to distract, to remind our little one of all the reasons why she doesn’t need the dummy. It has pulled on my heart strings each time she has asked for it. I hate the way denying and taking away something that used to give her comfort makes me feel. But as each day has passed, she has asked for it a little less and I hope that means it is getting easier for her. I never realised it would be such an emotional journey, but it finally feels like we could be about to turn the corner of no return. Goodbye and good riddance dummy!
What was your experience of saying goodbye to the dummy? Did you find it as hard as I am?