Here's another Alexis post.
I've mentioned before that Alexis still uses a pacifier, though it's restricted to only at night or nap time. The deal was that when she had her 4th birthday this summer she'd have to give it up.
But that's changed now.
For her nap today I couldn't find her pacifier and I was desperate for her to take a nap, so I found the other pacifier that I've hidden. Later I looked and looked and couldn't find the first one, I think Tyler ran off with it somewhere and now it's gone. Fortunately we had the other one. But then tonight when it was time for bed I couldn't find the replacement pacifier! It was somewhat heartbreaking to watch as she realized that she wouldn't have a pacifier for bed. There were some tears shed.
She told me that Heavenly Father and Jesus were going to be mad at me for taking it. No matter how many times I told her I didn't take it, she wouldn't believe me. Then she told Jeremy that her mouth was going to die if she didn't have a pacifier. Her sadness at losing this inanimate object reminded me of the scene in "Cast Away" when Tom Hanks loses his volleyball, Wilson. Definitely a different scenario here, but sad nonetheless. And when I said to her, "your pacifier was your friend wasn't it?" she got upset and said "It wasn't my friend. It was my pacifier. Friends have faces and pacifiers don't. I just liked sucking on it". When a child can tell you just what about their comfort object is comforting, it's probably time for them to be done with it.
Now excuse me while I go dig through the toy box, I've got to find those pacifiers before she does, or else we'll have to go through all this another day.