In an effort to not put too much pressure on myself as a Mom (and out of fear of failure once I started sharing this series), I have documented “Operation Binky Removal” since the day we started and chose not to publish my postings until now. I share so much, so openly, and for some reason Abby’s binky usage (and taking it away) wasn’t something I wanted to share until we’d experienced success. As you can see from the following photo, Abby just packaged up her last binky and sent it on its way. We’ve experienced success.
With that said, please enjoy the first chapter of the saga, “Operation Binky Removal” – your judgement can begin now.
Where do I begin?
I suppose I’ll start with the truth :: our 26 month old still uses a binky
She doesn’t just use it. She LOVES it. She naps with it, sleeps with it at night, uses it in the car and on long rides in the stroller…she shares it with her stuffed animals, she tries to share it with us, and she even tries to teach her sister how to use one (no success on that one, thank goodness).
When she gets hurt or is having a rough time with her molars, she wants her binky (which she calls “bean-ty”). It’s her security blanket. Her lifeline.
We’ve known that the end has been near for a long time now (I remember saying we’d work on that when she turned one but there was NO way that was happening). The problem is we’ve had a hard time taking it away. It’s been a fear of the unknown more than anything else.
And quite honestly, we’ve always been concerned more about what other people think about her binky usage and that’s why we wanted her to stop using it. We realized a while back that that reason in itself wasn’t good enough. We knew we had to wait until WE wanted her to stop using it.
We’ve officially reached that point. We want our amazing daughter to stop relying on her binky (just think of how extra amazing the first photo up there would have been had she not had a binky in her mouth). We want people to see her beautiful smile all the time. We want her to continue to work hard on her ever expanding vocabulary and we wouldn’t want a silly little binky to hold her back from that. We want the dentist to look at her teeth and not even notice that she ever used a binky.
And so it begins.
After consulting with a few parents (the ones who I felt comfortable talking with because I wasn’t afraid they’d judge us) and the pediatrician we saw in Atlanta, we’ve decided that our strategy will be as follows ::
Step 1 :: Explain to Abby what is about to happen (not that she’ll completely understand)
Step 2 :: Lay the ground rules :: binky usage is only for nap-time and nighttime
Step 3 :: Sound like a broken record by saying things like, “You’re a big girl now and binkies are for little babies” and “Binky is for nap-time and nighttime now”
Step 4 :: Over the weekend, (the doctor said after a week of only sleep-time usage, she’ll be much less attached), collect all binkies, package them up, and send them away to someone (maybe her cousin, maybe the doctor, maybe the dentist, etc).
Step 5 :: No binky usage ever (a scary thought for a Mommy who has allowed her 2 year old to grow so attached)
So far we’re two hours into Operation Binky Removal and we’ve already experienced some severe withdrawals and leg kicking. Not surprising. Also not surprising is the fact that it’s 7am and Abby is already napping (she did wake up for the day at 4am since we just got back from a 6 week trip in Atlanta).
I wouldn’t be surprised if she napped all day just so she could hang out with her binky. haha…this will be one heck of a week!
Stay tuned for updates and hopefully one day soon we’ll be able to celebrate the death of the binky!
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