One rule Jim and I have had from day one is that our kids never sleep in our bed with us. So in the few instances that we do sleep with them, it's all I can do to not stay up the whole night studying their faces. We went camping this past weekend and Gracie slept next to me. I had gotten up just as dawn was breaking to make the long, cold walk to the restroom. When I got back in the tent I had to fight sleep to look at her sweet, sleeping face. Blinking a little longer to look at her long eyelashes and round cheeks.
The funny thing about that green pacifier was I was so afraid to have Gracie give it up. It seemed to sooth her so much and I was sure she wouldn't be able to sleep without it. I did research on it and prepared myself for a few long nights as we set out to make the transition. The thing is she didn't even miss it. She was still asleep in what seemed like 30 seconds (I'm proud to say she's still a great sleeper to this day). That's the funny thing about kids. They are stronger and more resilient than we give them credit for. I learn so much from them everyday.