Beebs loves her some binki. I mean reeeeally loves it. All of my kids have been binki babies but she has been the worst, by far. It is like her own personal brand of heroine or something.
JBird loved the bink but gave it up at 2 years old all on his own. I think once he saw TBone (a newborn) using one he figured it was for babies only. He put it in his little side table drawer one day and never got it out again.
TBone produced a bit more of a challenge. He was nearing 3 years old and I was getting sick of it. His front teeth didn't touch when his jaw was clamped down and he sounded ridiculous talking with it in his mouth all the time. Gty came up with a plan (he thought it brilliant at the time & thought it was a sure failure). He started to saying to TBone everyday "So, you're birthday is coming and you're going to be THREE! Three year olds can't have binkis. So when you turn three... no more binkis!" or some variation thereof. And every time I'd give Gty the "there is no way that is gonna work with this kid" look. But then Jan 25, 2005 rolled around and Gty's plan worked brilliantly! TBone gave us his binkis and never looked back. (I wonder if that would work with Pokemon...."Hey TBone, you know Pokemon is not for 8 year olds..." Yeah no.)
Anyway, now we have the Beebs. Not stubborn in many other ways but crazy attached to her binkis. As you can see by these pictures (which took me mere minutes to find) it has been ever present in our lives since her birth.
This brings us now to the beginning of December. I was the one to come up with the brilliant idea this time. Truth be told I had heard of this somewhere before but I remembered it at the perfect time. ::ahem:: I decided that we were going to get a visit from The Binki Faerie. One day I mentioned TBF to Beebs to gauge her reaction. I told her how, if we went around the house & put all her binkis in a box then left the box out in her room at night, then TBF would come & take her binkis and leave her a special surprise. Beebs listened to my story (with a binki in her mouth) and seemed less than interested. Kind of a thanks-but-no-thanks reaction.
I was shocked when she came to me the next day and said she wanted to leave all her binkis for The Binki Faerie. I re-explained how it worked (i.e. you'll have no more binkis...they will be gone... forever) just to make sure she knew what she was getting into and she still wanted to do it. We eventually gathered about 15 binkis (ridiculous!), left them out and TBF actually came! She left Beebee a cute Snow White Polly Pocket set. Beebee was excited. For about an hour. Then she wanted her binkis back (a common reaction of detox, I hear). After I told her the binkis were gone forever and we couldn't get them back, she had some choice words:
"The Binki Faerie is meeeeeean!"
"I don't like The Binki Faerie."
"I want to trade back."
"Let's call her." ME: "I don't know her phone number." BB: " I do..it's 7,8,9,10."
"Let's go to her house" ME: "I don't know where she lives." BB: "I do...she lives in Merica."
"I don't like this Snow White anymore. I want my binki back."
"Let's go to the store & buy more binkis!!" (said very excitedly, btw)
These types of things were said for a good two or three days. Over and over and over. And over. I stuck to my guns though, you gize. Never wavering. And then around day three, she stopped asking about The Binki Faerie. She stopped thinking about her binkis in general.
BeeBee Landerson has been binki-free since December 12, 2009
::said like at the end of Intervention::
It's crazy to me how these things work. But I'm so glad they do. Kids just need a little motivation sometimes. What's weird is this has made her less attached to her blankie as well. It's like they were a package deal or something. She used to carry around her blanket and have her binki all day. Now, sans binki, she only wants her blanket at night. It stays in her bed all day. She also isn't that interested in her TV shows anymore. She used to watch Pink Panther, the Smurfs, Max & Ruby, Maggie & the Ferocious Beast all day. Now she rarely asks me to turn on shows for her. The TV is off all day. She plays with her babies & little princesses all day now (even that pesky Snow White one!). Very interesting, if you ask me.
So that's the story of now The Binki Faerie came & saved the day at our house. Now if we could just get the Pokemon Faerie to come.....