So several nights ago, Cooper woke up at 2:30am. This isn't typical. When he does wake up though it's almost impossible for me to get him back to sleep without giving him a bottle. This particular night I decided to try the pacifier instead. Holy cow! He took it. It quited him down instantly! I rocked him for about 5 minutes and put him back down. He was back asleep and didn't need a bottle! Hooray! Later that morning when he woke up to get ready for daycare I gave him the pacifier again. He kept it in his mouth the whole way to daycare! Shazia(the lady that takes care of him) took it away from him after the first bottle she fed him though.
Since it worked that night, I've been trying it when I've been putting him down for naps and bedtime. This thing is AMAZING! He usually fights me pretty good when he goes down for a nap. He's completely exhausted, but he just doesn't want to go down. With the pacifier I haven't been having anywhere near the amount of struggle that I had been having previously.
I think he's finally taking to it. Who'd have thunk it? Not me for sure. I thought it was a lost cause. He's not particular about which kind either. We have several different types and he uses them all, for now. We'll see if he develops a special liking towards a certain type later on. Anway, this is my small miracle for the moment.
I have a feeling we're gonna need to use that thing a lot more coming up because when I dropped Cooper off this morning he started fussing when I was leaving. I don't think he's supposed to be having that reaction at this age, but he did. He wasn't wailing or anything, but luckily Shazia's husband had the sense to take him straight to her instead of making the situation worse by letting me hold him for a bit longer. Normally he gets a huge smile on his face when he sees any member of the Khan family, but not this morning. *sigh* I hope this was just a one off thing today. I don't know how I'm going to handle it when he really does wail as I'm leaving him for the day. I guess I just need to take it one day at a time for now.