There have been some inquiries for updates on the potty training and paci situations. I aim to please and am happy to oblige.
The first two weeks without the paci were very, very rough. Lots of breakdowns when we refused to give in and night after night of constantly being called in to her bedroom and constant crying. There were days when she would cry through nap time and would lay in bed at night unable to sleep. This could last anywhere from half an hour to two full hours.
Now she is much better. We've had to adapt her routine a bit and we are more indulgent of her bedtime needs. She likes sleeping with olivia's owl figurines and we always let her pick one when putting her down for the night. She is also insistent on having water by the bed and a favorite electronic light-up toy with her. We relented with Sailor, we keep a couple paci's hidden for bedtime and naps. We are pushing back until she is one...or at least that is the plan for now.
Potty training is also improving rapidly. We've gone from having to make her try and go every twenty minutes or so to her coming in and telling us when she has gone. We are not without incident, things happen from time to time but on the whole I think we are on the right track. The big potty is the greatest hurdle, occasionally she will use it at home but never in public. When she does use it at home she insists on getting on herself which consists of her pulling herself up to the point that she is on top of the seat on all fours. She then puts her left leg through her arms and rotates herself around to a sitting position. Needless to say, we don't want her crawling all over a public toilet. Patience and time...thankfully we have ab abundance of the latter.