So I now know what you're all thinking: "It was a really bad idea for them to take away K's pacifier from her at only 6 months old. She's too young. She doesn't know why she's being punished yet. You're so mean. It's not going to work at this young of an age. She still needs it." Okay, maybe not everyone but I posted my issue a couple days ago in a couple of forums that I follow and these were all the answers I got in a more condensed form. Out of all of the comments, I only got two positive statements back and they made me feel good. I really just needed to know I wasn't the only parent who doesn't want her to be dependent on that pacifier. It's become too tiring to rush into her bedroom to plop it back in her mouth before she wakes up screaming or to have to ask someone if I can use their kid's pacifier for K because I forgot to bring hers or to have it fall out of her mouth while we're away and then not be able to wash it ...
But you're right. I definitely have felt like the meanest parent these last few days. It would be like someone suddenly taking cheese out of my life. I mean first of all, what would I even eat if I couldn't eat cheese? I would probably starve. But the point is that she was addicted to going to sleep with it and I don't want her to be addicted to that.
And in case you were wondering, we have been crying-free for over 24 hours. There has been some complaining but not for more than a minute or so. I'm talking, full on, red in the face crying. None of that! Except for today when she pooped. I would've cried if I were her too though on that one.
Today, before the crying incident, we got to lay on the bed (mine today, not hers) and we would take turns spitting. Then after a few times, it would end in laughing. See, these are the moments I live for during the day when Mike's out working hard and I'm stuck with the Cutie at home. It is just way too much fun.
Then after I laid her down in her crib for a nap, I walked away as I usually do so I don't make her more upset by staying and not giving her the pacifier, and I went back in a couple minutes later to check on her. She was turned towards a little black bear that sits in her crib and was talking to him. I only wish I knew what she was saying to him. So cute.