I forgot to update about Sofia's ears. They were not infected when we were at the ENT last Friday, however, she did have some fluid in one. The doctor explained that having fluid in one of your ears is like putting your finger in your ear and then trying to hear clearly, which can delay speech development. So, they sent us for a hearing test. Her hearing was down just a tad, as to be expected with the fluid. They expect it to bounce right back once all the fluid is gone. The doctor told us to feed her in an upright position and to try and wean her from the binky. Sofia was not happy to hear this! We are in the process of weaning, she only gets it for naps, bedtime, and long car rides. So far, so good. She really doesn't need it during the day unless she gets bored. Although, when I picked her up yesterday at daycare, her teacher told me she tried to steal everyone else's binky. I thought that was funny. We've taken to calling her the Binky Bandit. Anyone got any helpful tips on weaning a child off the pacifier?
Here are Michelle's daughter and the Binky Bandit from Sunday's Muddy Buddy.
She does have her binky, but it was a long car ride, an early morning (we left the house at 3am), and an overall off-her-schedule kind of day, so we let her have it when she wanted it.
We go back to our pediatrician in August to check for fluid and iron levels (oh yeah, she's slightly anemic and on iron supplements) and we go back to the ENT in September to check for fluid again.