However, the paci situation is going very well! It has now been almost a week and Millie has actually been taking naps and falling asleep at night without the use of the dreadful thing, and also without sucking on her thumb or fingers like I was afraid would happen. There have been a few times when she mentioned it, like the other morning when she woke up and said, "Where's my paci?" I reminded her that it broke and she said, "Daddy fix it" in a very certain tone. I said, "No, honey, it's gone now." And she simply said, "Okay."
It does take her longer to fall asleep now, but at least she's not crying out for paci and she does eventually fall asleep. Now if I could only go back in time and have done this a long time ago, maybe her front teeth wouldn't be sticking out. Don't get me wrong, I love her little toothy grin, but I'm not sure I want to pay an orthodontist thousands of dollars in the future to fix it.
I will say, with this next baby, I will still allow him to have a paci - just not the Soothie type that the hospital hands out. They're dreadful. Not only do they cause their teeth to jut out, but they also will roll for miles when they fall out of little mouths. I didn't intend for her to get that type of paci to start. I had different ones packed in our suitcase, only my labor was so fast that the suitcase didn't make it up to the maternity ward until after our tiny crying baby caused the nurses to give her a Soothie. After that, she wouldn't touch the ones I brought. I WILL make SURE that does NOT happen THIS time!