Caden and I have been talking for awhile now about how we’re going to give baby Judah a present when he is born. (That’s Nicci’s baby.) We’ve talked about finding all his binkies and putting them in a box and wrapping them up and putting a big bow on the top. Then, we’re going to go to Ezra’s house and give them to baby Judah. Until recently, Caden has been very excited about this idea. I think it finally just clicked that when we get back home, all his binkies will be gone, and he suddenly wasn’t down with giving them all away.
He only uses his binks for naps and bedtime, or if he’s going wild and crazy and I’m desperate. I know this sounds weird, but the bink sedates him. The second he pops that thing in his mouth, his eyes droop and zone out, he twirls his hair, and he does this moany sound that he’s always done right before he falls asleep. Anyway, I’ve decided recently that Caden needs to be a big boy and step one is no more binks!
So, yesterday when I put him down for his nap I gave him his blanket and his dog that he sleeps with and of course he asked for his bink. I told him to rest for a little bit and I’ll come back. If he still wanted his bink, I’d give it to him. I came back in about 5 minutes and he was asleep! Yay! I tried the same tactic at bedtime, but it didn’t work so well. He didn’t cry for it, but he didn’t fall asleep either. He was in bed for an hour, flopping around, kicking the side of his crib, singing songs, etc. I went in about 4 times and finally the last time he asked for his bink and I gave in. I told him we’d try again tomorrow to which he promptly replied, “No Mama,” rolled over and went to sleep.
But, we are going to try it again today because when he woke up this morning, he ran into my room and said, “No bink, Mama!” He’s even trying to take Jacob’s binkie away from him! We’ll see how it goes!