Operation Binky Removal is well underway.
This probably won’t be all that surprising to hear based on the last few sentences of my first post, but I’ve been living in meltdown hell (excuse my language) for the past two days straight. Abby has been experiencing serious binky withdrawals and she is producing quite possibly the most ear piercing screeches I have ever heard.
The worst meltdowns have occurred in the stroller, in the car, at the grocery store, and…well…who am I kidding? They’ve been happening EVERYWHERE and I can’t even count the number of times I’ve wanted to put a plug in her (aka – hand her the binky) for some peace and quiet. To top it off, her tantrums are always the most dramatic in public places. Thanks for that, Abby.
I actually took a video of one of these meltdowns and after sharing it with Travis and my Mom, I quickly deleted it because it was too torturous to have on my phone (and I don’t think it would have been fair to Abby to share it with the world – let’s just say it was INTENSE).
Somehow, someway, I have remained strong and I’ve continued to limit binky usage to nap and nighttime only, but this is rough. The biggest tip I have to not give in while you’re out and about is the following ::
ALWAYS LEAVE THE BINKY HOME
That way, you’re never tempted to bring it out when you’re having a moment of weakness and your little one is having a moment of serious withdrawal.
From day one of Operation Binky Removal, we gave Abby’s binky a “home.” It lived in a purple bowl at the end of her bed. It lived in its little house at all times other than nap time and nighttime.
That worked really well for us because it was a simple rule Abby could understand.
On the bright side of this hell we’re currently living in, getting Abby to take a nap and getting her to go to bed at night has become the easiest thing in the whole world. When she decides she’s tired, she simply say (or yells) “Night Night!!!” and heads to her room for some rest (and to “take a puff,” as my Mom says – aka, suck on her binky at lightening speed).
For now, I think I can handle all the daytime drama for long periods of rest…I can do this. It MUST get better.
I’ll be sure to let you know if it does…
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