Helping Preslie Get Rid of her Binky
By Seana and Keeping up with the Johnson's
Preslie got to pick out her balloons to send off her binkys, Daddy cleverly got one that said "I'm sorry you're leaving"!
Ready to let them fly away!
There they go....
Watching her binkys fly away while shielding her eyes from the sun
Bye Bye Binkys!
So Preslie is 2 years and 7 months....and yes she still took a pacifier at bedtime and during nap time. That girl LOVED her binky! When she turned 1 I took the binky away except for when she was in her crib. It was a super easy transition and I thought I would take it away all together when she was 18 months. I tried, she cried, and I just couldn't do it! She was so attached to it. Then I thought we would get rid of it when she was 2...well we started potty training right before she turned 2 and I didn't want her relating going potty with not getting her binky, so we waited. Then it was so close to Gavin being born that I didn't want to take it away and her somehow relate her new brother with not getting her binky....excuses, excuses! I decided that September 1st would be the day. She seems so much older than 2 1/2 and honestly it was starting to gross me out when she had her binky.
SO 10 days before Binky day, I started telling her what was going to happen..."We are going to say bye bye to your binkys in 10 days, so you can have it tonight but then in 10 days we are going to send them to the sky on balloons!!" She liked the thought of sending her binkys up on balloons. I wanted to make it fun for her. She got to go pick out which colors her balloons were and was very excited today when it was time to send the binkys away. I asked her why we were sending her binkys to the sky and she told me "Because I'm a big girl and I don't need them anymore and I wont be sad!" I told her she was right, she was a big girl, but it was okay to be a little sad to say bye bye.
We went outside and I told her she could have one last suck on her 2 binkys, she popped them in her mouth then popped them right back out and said "Okay I'm all done now!" And was excited to tie them to the balloons. I counted to 3 and she let her binkys fly away. She stood and watched them fly higher and higher and wasn't sad at all! We got inside and it was time for her nap...without the binky! She did just great, she made sure that she didn't have any more binkys in her basket where I kept them, we read a story, she tried to get me to stay by saying "Mommy wait, I know what we should do!" I asked her what and she said "We should make a cake!" Silly girl, I kissed her and shut her door. We did hear her on the monitor say that "she just wanted her binky all night long" but that was it and she was quiet, and fell right to sleep!
I'm so glad it went over so well, and so glad to have those things out of my house!!
*UPDATE* So it has been 6 nights of going to bed without the binky...and I must say I am so incredibly proud of my little girl! She has done amazing. She hasn't cried about them once, and hasn't gotten up in the middle of the night wanting them (which I thought she might do). We have had some pretty funny conversations about them though! She asks about them every night "Mommy, I really like my binkys, can I have them back?" and I told her"No baby, we can't get them back, they flew waaay up high into the sky" to which she replied "Mommy, I think we should get in a balloon and go find my binkys!" It made me crack up laughing and she laughed with me, I told her how silly she was and that was that. She has also told me that she thinks her binkys went to a house with 2 babies because they need them. She tells baby Gavin every day that "he can have his binkys now because he is just a little baby, but when he gets big we will tie his binkys to balloons and send them away too!!". Anyone that we see she is sure to tell them, "Guess what? I'm a big girl now cause I sent my binkys away!! (insert dramatic flail of the arm here)" Then she will say something about sending her binkys away, and end it with "my mommy is proud of me" and it couldn't be more true...I am so proud of my sweet girl. She is growing up so fast and has now gotten rid of her last bit of "baby", and I couldn't be more proud of her!