Monday, April 9, 2007

Bye-Bye Binks!

I can't sleep. It's after 1:00 in the morning and I can't sleep. Why you ask? Well, tonight is the first night Emmalee has gone without a binks, (pacifier.) I think, okay I know, I am having a more difficult time with this than she is. I am sad to admit that my baby is getting big. She just turned two. I always said that when she was two the binks would have to go. I am shocked that I followed through. It is one of the last pieces of her "babyhood" and I didn't realize how emotionally attached I was. :) I remember going through this same thing several months ago when she and Tyler went off the bottle. It is hard. This is not one of those things that you are prepared for. You read about how to help the child transition from the loss of the bottle or pacifier or whatever. No one bothers to tell you that you may have a hard time with it as well. They forget to mention that you will be overcome with guilt for robbing your child of their comfort item. That you will suffer an emotional breakdown because you have had to realize that your child is no longer a baby. That once it's all said and done, you may actually need a binks to cope. (Okay, it isn't that bad!) In truth, I didn't realize that I would have such a difficult time letting go of all that the binks represents. It is just one more reminder that my little girl has moved from the baby stage to the toddler stage. The next step is moving her out of her crib. I'm crying just thinking about that. At least I have a few years to prepare before she starts asking for the car keys!

3 comments:

Dana said...

Jodie-we are not there yet, Jacob will be 13 months on the 15th, and never had a binky, but has a blankie-I used dish towels as burp towels when he was born and now he carries them around and needs them when he is tired! He is still on the bottle. Your "2 years ago today" was awesome and I saw the video of Tyler in the bed and of Emma! How cute!!
Dana

MyKidsMom said...

Bittersweet isn't it.

terilynnh2000 said...

How's she doing? Good for you! XOXO