Well, I broke down and gave Miss M a dose of what we thought would be sweet plastic and silicone relief. It was a huge bust. As soon as I popped the pacifier in, she played with it with her tongue for a few seconds, and then spit it out with enough force that it actually launched through the air. I tried it repeatedly, to no avail. She actually seemed to enjoy the game of having me put it in her mouth, playing with it for a bit, and then spitting it out. She never sucked it, however.
I am slowly coming around to the idea, I guess--thank you to those who commented about paci use. These were the Ave.nt Orthodon.tic pacifiers, so I will probably try another brand or two just to see if it's the shape she doesn't care for before I give up entirely. I'm also going to have T. offer it to her to see if that makes a difference (and to prove to him that yes, I really did try it, and no, she really isn't into it).
I really hadn't seriously considered the possibility that she wouldn't take the pacifier, and now I'm left wondering how well the introduction of the bottle is going to go. I bought the breast pump a week or so ago, but haven't broken it out yet. I guess I'd better get going on that, because she isn't going to have a choice about eating from a bottle once I go back to work. Which is less than six weeks away. . .I'm now more than halfway through my maternity leave. It's going so fast!