The Binky Fairy paid a much needed visit to our house this week... and it worked! For the last month or so, Scott has been talking to Owen about how "someday" he can send his Binkies to babies that need them. (He only uses them for sleeping, but we were just READY to be done.) Well, about a week ago, I said a quick prayer before bed with Owen asking God to "help the people in Haiti." Owen, being the super sensitive soul, kind of clung to the notion that "people in Haiti are having trouble," and the next time Scott talked to him about sending his binkies to babies that need them, he asked if there were babies in Haiti. Amazing.
Sooo... we marked a date on his calendar (we draw pictures for school days, swimming, play dates, etc and cross off each day before bed) to give him time to prepare for the idea. All week, he told people that he was sending binkies to the babies in Haiti, and Friday morning, he was excited to package them up and put them out on the porch.
(This was so cute, Owen was whispering "bye, bye binkies, go to Haiti, bye bye binkies.")
I was nervous that nap time would be a total disaster, but we only had about 5 minutes of tears, and then he slept for the next hour and a half. While he was sleeping, the Binky Fairy made a stealth visit to pick up the package, sprinkle some confetti, and leave Owen a new truck. We also made it through bedtime, and now we are on day 3 of being officially Binky Free!
(Okay, so we're not totally binky free. Josh has his, but he's not totally excited about it. He's using it for some naps, but not bedtime or through the night. I'm constantly debating whether to use it or not - do we want to get him hooked just to have to wean later? On the other hand, it's nice for him to have at daycare... I'm hoping Josh's indifference means it will be easy to get rid of later on.)