Thursday, June 12, 2008

The pacifier has left the building!

The night before last my 3 year old (almost 4) decided of his own accord that he was ready to give his binky to the binky fairy in exchange for a toy! He assured us he was too big for it and didn't need it anymore. He only uses it for naps and nighttime. So, he put his beloved stash on the chair and awoke to not only one but two toys. All was well until he went to bed last night and realized the gravity of what he had done. He cried and begged in his most pitiful 3yo voice for us to give his new toys back to the binky fairy in exchange for his binks. I laid beside him and distracted him with stories of castles and dragons until he fell asleep. These moments are always bittersweet for us. On one hand we're glad to see our little guys take steps toward growing up but on the other hand those pacifiers have been a permanent fixture of our household for almost 6 years so I'm going to miss seeing them lying around. Now, on to potty training....which Riley has demanded he is NOT ready for! Growing up is hard but at least he still has his bear :)

Credits: Sweet kit from 3 Scrapateers


Cra-Z-cat said...

awwww.. sweet lo..

cute story of banishment of the binky..

Anonymous said...

Such a cute page and cute story too :)

LVMommy22 said...

yes, bittersweet. i love watching them grow up, but at the same time, i don't want to give up all their sweet little pecadillos.

Linda M said...

I love the Binky fairy idea and the toy. I remember when my 3 year old proudly threw hers in the trash and then cried that night for it. She is now 17, but it still makes me sad when I think of it. I sometimes think, "Why didn't I let her keep it? She wouldn't have taken it to school with her."

Anonymous said...

I have NO idea why this post was sent to me today (I'm on your blog subscription), but I have to tell you, it was very timely.

My 3, almost 4, year old never had a binky, but here we are, 2 months from his birthday, and he REFUSES to us the potty. Not one drop. I'm trying to be patient, but when every other 3 year old in his preschool class is fully potty trained, it gets almost beyond frustrating.

It was such a relief to read of another mother's challenge in this area. You're right, growing up is hard sometimes. But, man-o-man am I ready to be RID of diapers! Any tricks you can share??? My first son was a breeze. This one is stubborn as the day is long.