Bye-Bye Paci

I still can't believe it.
McKenna is paci free and did it without a single tear. It was very spontaneous with how it all happened. Ella had a dentist appointment last Wednesday after school. It was just a routine check up so McKenna and I sat in the lobby while Ella got her teeth cleaned. As we were leaving, I asked the dentist when I should bring McKenna in for her first visit. He responded with, "If you aren't in a hurry, I can see her now." Awesome. I love a double appointment. McKenna immediately panicked and started to cry. He told me to fill some papers out first and then they would call her back. I sat down with her and tried to reassure her that everything was going to be ok. I told her how they were just going to clean her teeth and I even bribed her with a treat. She still wasn't having it. I then told her that she needed to be brave and that made something clicked. She stopped crying and when they came to get her, she walked off all on her own. I was so proud of how fast she went from whining like a baby to being such a brave big girl.
 He showed me her bite and then asked if she took a paci. I told him yes and he explained how it was causing her bite to shift. I looked at him wide eyed and said very clearly, So you are saying that McKenna needs to get rid of her paci? I was trying to give him a message that I was totally going to use him to be the bad guy with the paci. He got my hint and jumped right on board. He explained to McKenna that if she kept using the paci her teeth would be very messed up. He then went and got a mold of some teeth that were crazy messed up. He showed them to McKenna and told her that they were teeth from someone that still had a paci. I didn't care what he was making up, it was fantastic and McKenna was soaking in every word.
Before bedtime that night, we gathered every paci and put them in a bag. We then all stood over the trash can, kissing and hugging each one. McKenna threw them away and never said another word about them. Not one! I had attempted to get rid of the paci multiple times in the last 6 months and it was always so dramatic that I would give in and let her have it. I couldn't believe how easy this was and how awesome she did.
Now I just need to find someone to do this same thing with potty training...


Holly said...

Awesome! I am totally dreading taking the paci away...we are going to try right after the new year - YIKES!!

Misty said...

Yay kenna!

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