When I finally got up the courage to take away the pacifier, I decided to try a strategy that my sister and other moms had used- the Binkie Fairy. This Fairy's job is to take away the "baby" binkies to give away to the new little babies who need them and in their place, she leaves new big kid toys. It's a swap. I collected all the binkies after Alex went to sleep and threw them out, feeling sick with guilt. The Binkie Fairy left a note thanking Alex for giving away his baby binkies and she left him toy cars. He liked the cars but wanted those binkies back. Except they were gone. And he eventually got over it...
Today was Megan's two year old check-up. Megan blessedly never took to the binkie so that is one battle I don't have to fight. Our Waterloo will be the "ba-ba." Megan can speak in full sentences and recite nursery rhymes, knows all her colors including aqua, but she still calls the bottle her "ba-ba" and she does NOT want to give it up. The doctor said it's time. She said maybe do a Bottle Fairy to give the bottles to the new little babies. Tonight, I brought this up to Megan. Here's how it went:
Me: The doctor said you're a big girl and it's time to give our ba-ba's away to the babies.
Megan: I not a big girl. I little. (Hitting me) That makes me very ang-y. (Pouty face).
Tonight, I just don't have it in me to be the Bottle Fairy. I'm not ready to give up the cuddles as she rests in my arms and drinks her ba-ba and we snuggle. She is my last baby and it's getting to be that time when there will be no more diapers and no more bottles. She is growing up and while I love that, I also mourn it. Soon, very soon, the Bottle Fairy will whisk away the beloved bottles and leave a pretty doll or a new package of crayons and a coloring book. Tonight, Megan will rest in my arms and drink her ba-ba and we'll snuggle, as I hold tightly to a babyhood that has gone way too fast.
Alex and his beloved Binky, pre-Fairy
Megan, drinking her most favorite ba-ba and her fellow ba-ba loving cousin.