During Brady's 6 month check up at the dentist this past week...
Dental hygienist - "How is Brady doing with the pacifier?" Translation - "Please tell me he doesn't still use one."
My response - "He's doing just fine with his pacifier actually...thanks for asking!" Translation - "Yep, he still uses one, and no, I'm not taking it away any time soon."
Dental hygienist - "How old is Brady again?" Translation - "He sure seems old to have a pacifier."
My response - "He will be 4 years old October 17...we're having a big party for him & can't wait to celebrate! Translation - "I'm well aware that he 'seems' too old to have one, but that doesn't bother me one bit."
End of conversation:)
*We've taken Brady to the same dentist every 6 months since he was 1 year old. We absolutely LOVE Dr. Huie and his staff! He has NEVER once mentioned anything to me about Brady having a pacifier considering the fact that he knows about his special needs, and he sees no need in bringing that up as he probably knows that he won't win that battle with me. This was the first (and probably last) dental hygienist that will ever mention it to me again. I'm well aware that it's not "good for his teeth" for him to have a pacifier at the age of 4, but that is the least of my worries at this time our lives:) Brady doesn't get his blanket or pacifier during therapy sessions nor does he get it during school, but if we want to give it to him during other times, that is our choice. He needs a comfort item, something to make him feel safe, something to keep him calm so we can administer g-tube feeds and medicines. He also gets it during his VEST treatments. We do limit his time with it otherwise though. Yes, he's 4 years old, but he has the brain of a 10-12 month old, and that's something people tend to forget at times...we don't forget it though:)