Both of the Hammerick babies LOVED their binkies. I hate to admit it...but I've loved them too! They have comforted the littles when they were sad or hurt. They helped them settle down and stop crying, and they have given me just a little bit more sleep then I'm sure I would have gotten without those wonderful pacifiers. Allie hung up her binky at 18 months...then we thought she would never sleep again! Allie's sleeping habits turned HORRIBLE! We were MISERABLE. I still have nightmares of sleeping on her floor on a pool floaty ALL NIGHT LONG!!! Because of that terrible experience...we let Ayden have his binky well past 18 months...we have just about doubled that number. I knew he wasn't going to go to school with it and if he messed up his teeth...they would fall out anyways because they were baby teeth. Ayden will turn 3 years old in less than 2 months and we felt it was about time he finally said goodbye to his besties (all 5 of them).
At the beginning of July, I gave Ayden a calendar to start counting down the days till he would make the dreaded trip to the Binky Tree. We talked and talked about it. We watched and listened to all the Elmo songs about saying "bye, bye" to your binky. I told him he would get a present when he hung up his binky. He said, "I want to do it now!" That was two days ago...a week before our scheduled trip to the Binky Tree!
Our flexible selves decided today was the day. We made a trip to the toy store and he picked out the biggest Tonka Dump Truck he could find! After his nap, off we went.
Ayden was ready for this! He didn't cry or complain...but he did give his binky one last suck (tear). My little baby isn't a baby anymore. Todd helped Ayden find a good spot to hang it...and Allie suggested right next to hers. We "think" we found her binky from 4 years ago.
|Bye, bye binky|
|Here is where Ayden;s binky will forever hang in remembrance of all the good times they had together.|
When we returned home, the Binky Fairy (yep, the same one that visited Allie 4 years ago) left a little something for Ayden in exchange for the other binkies left in his bed. A tooth fairy pillow, toothbrush and brushing book to help keep his teeth healthy now that he doesn't use a binky anymore. She also left his a new pillow for his big boy bed (just like Allie)!
Thank you binkies for all you have done for Ayden. He's loved you so these past 3 years. Mom and Dad have appreciated all the extra comfort and sleep you have given our boy (and parents too!)