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Hi I’m Jen- I'm one lucky lady to be married to the most wonderful man, Jason. I am a mother to three beautiful children, Grant, Norah, who was born with hydrocephalus, and Mason. I love spending my time with my family. I also like to challenge myself with new things. I'm on a constant quest to become more organized, it may never happen but it's a dream. I currently work part-time as a RN in an emergency department. I love this journey of life that I am on with God by my side, knowing that all things are possible when you Believe.

Monday, October 1, 2012

ByeBye Paci, ByeBye!

Norah has finally said goodbye to her closest and dearest friend, her pacifier. Norah and her pacifier bonded a long time ago in the NICU. Her paci has always brought comfort to her in times of stress, sadness and illness.

A year ago we started to wear her from her bestie, but the tears and awful crying that accompanied this was too much for this mom to handle. At the time there a new baby brother and many doctors appointments coming up at the time, we thought it just wasn't worth it. We did however limit her paci to her crib, and when she had tests at the hospital.

The year continued on and we encourage Norah to let go her paci. She continued to say No. We let Norah know she was becoming a big girl that needed to let go. She continued to hold on. When we moved to our new house we thought we should try something new so we cut off the tip of her paci hoping this would break her tight relationship with her paci. This just showed us how tight her bond with her paci had become.

We were patient. We continued to encourage giving up the paci, occasionally getting an "OK" to give her paci away, but always ended in change of heart. Then the morning came were Norah woke up with a severely chapped lip. We put our foot down. We told Norah she had to let her paci go. It was no longer her friend if it was hurting her. We reinforced the idea throughout the day. I let her throw her paci away on her own. We dug up all the pacis we could find and kissed them goodbye.

Norah has been sad a few times since that day in the beginning of September, but we have continued to let her know how proud of her we are and what a big girl she is letting her paci go. I am happy to say we are paci free and with that we have seen big changes in our little girl.

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