**UPDATE** Well, Malia survived her first "soo-soo"-less nap. I was a bit worried because as her and Joelle watched the garbage truck take our trash away at lunch time, she seemed quite distraught. I was almost heart-broken for her as she thought her soother was still in the garbage can that was now being emptied into the big truck. I think she was wishing she had thought this through a little more....She cried for about 1/2 an hour before drifting off to sleep and then woke up about half-way through her nap to cry for a few brief moments. Not too bad, I'd say (I'm just glad that her bedroom is on the second floor, so the cries were muffled which made it easier to ignore). And when I got her up from her nap I exclaimed to her how very proud I was of my "big girl" which she responded to by giving me a big grin. She also seemed proud to tell her Daddy that her soo-soo was in the garbage when he came home. And now it is 8:05pm, the girls just got put to bed, and Malia is M-A-D. Maybe she thought it was just a one-time thing...? Oh well. It might be rough for a few days, but she'll eventually get used to it -- let's just hope it's sooner rather than later. There's no going back now though. It's going to be hard on her no matter when it happens, so we may as well just get it over with. Next on the agenda...potty training (well, not right away -- but hopefully within the next few months)!
In July we made a spontaneous attempt to take away Malia's "soo-soo" from her sleeping routine. It worked really well for the first few days here at home...and then we went on this camping trip and we regretted not thinking the decision through. Being in a different environment (and sleeping in a one-room camper with her sister and parents) proved to be too difficult to fall asleep without her beloved soo-soo. I think I calculated that Malia missed out on 19 hours of her regular sleep that weekend -- and as a result, the rest of us also didn't get the sleep we were needing and hoping for.
So once we got home, we made the decision to give it back to her. I know -- probably not the greatest way to go. But I figured we should wait until our schedule was more of a routine stay-at-home-for-nights kind of thing. But with several more weekends away in the near future, I just wasn't prepared to go through those kind of nights again. Malia was very relieved to see her precious soo-soo make a re-appearance and she slept really well the rest of the summer.
My goal was to have her completely weaned by the time she turned two -- well, for those of you who know her, you know that her 2nd birthday has already come and gone...oops! We've been making mention to her lately that she's getting too big for her soo-soo, but haven't really done much about it.
I was once again talking to her about it this morning while I was getting her dressed. I told her that pretty soon she needed to start sleeping without it. She nodded at me and said "in garbage" with a smile on her face.
Not sure why she suggested the garbage -- coincidentally, thats the way Joelle got rid of hers too (at 18 months old) -- but hey, it works. So once I finished changing her, I said "Okay -- go put your soother away" and I waited to see where she would actually put it...in her crib like normal, or in the garbage.
Well, sure enough -- into the garbage it went! With a quick wave and a "Bye, soo-soo!", Malia turned and happily went downstairs to join Joelle, while I quickly snuck it out of the garbage can (just like we did with Joelle) -- you know, just in case.
It actually happens to be garbage day today, so I made a big production of making sure Malia saw me take the garbage bag outside, with her thinking her prized soo-soo was still in there. She looked quite concerned for awhile and I thought she would cry, but I just re-assured her that she was a "big girl" and could sleep without it, just like her big sister.
Nap-time is in about 2 1/2 hours...how do you think she'll do??