The second night sans-binky didn't go as well. He cried off and on for about 45 minutes. I went in a few times to make sure he had his cup of water and pillow (he likes to throw them in protest of bedtime) and lay him back down. And, again, he slept all night long.
Nap and bedtimes the next couple of days went okay. He continued to sleep all night... I can't remember the last time I had 3 consecutive nights without waking up at least once, usually twice. Then the third day 2 binkies somehow appeared out of no where on his bedroom floor! I went to get him up from his nap and there they were! I grabbed them up before he could see them and tucked them away in a drawer. He's 18 months old... it's about time for him to give them up, anyway.
I wouldn't be so concerned with taking away the binkies, but this kid is addicted to them! They were the first thing he'd look for when he woke up and would panic if he lost them during the day. He wasn't just a sleep-binky kid. He wanted them all. the. time.
I won't be responsible for ruining his teeth.
So yesterday I took Nora and Buddy to a clearance furniture store with a friend and left the baby at home with Michael. It was nap time and Michael was laying the rest of the tile... the baby would be out of the way if he was sleeping. And I wouldn't have to take a cranky kid to the store. Michael said he napped well- 3 hours! Sounded good to me.
Last night, as we were getting the kids ready for bed, Michael whispers to Cory, "Don't tell Mommy our nap secret, okay?" I turned around to see him smirking at me. "You gave him a binky, didn't you?"
He did. The guy who tolerates no non-sense from his kids is sometimes the biggest sucker!! A few tears and he totally caved! But Mommy was home for bedtime. And no binky was given. And I had another full night's sleep! :)
I feel amazingly rested! This'll last for, oh, another 6 months until Baby #4 arrives. But, hey, I'll take what I can get!