Apr 9, 2009

Sad Farewell: End of Binky




Oh, but I was so happy to kick out these clunker highchairs.


Binkies, pacifiers, suckies, nukes. Those powerful and magical baby soothers. Symbol of peace, love and baby. The time arrived and we sadly laid the last binkies to rest. After Tsega chewed up his 100th binky--approaching a rate of one per day--Jerry had to say it, let's get rid of the damn things, and my heart thumped a hard beat.

God, the day we had pictures of our boys and I strolled the baby aisle with motherhood at last in my soul . . . and bought purple, pink, and blue binkies. Staring at those binkies, this was real. Jerry's the one who, while in Ethiopia, kept sticking those suckers in. Tsega was hooked first and hooked hard and by the time we reached home, all three were sucking.

In my motherly wisdom, I can tell you babies and toddlers are adaptable and resilient. I pay no attention to advice that warns against forming bad habits during the baby years. No rocking baby to sleep, no co-sleeping, no pacifiers, no this or that because they are addictive battle-waging creatures that can't give anything up. Bah. Not true, except for maybe the thumb and breast. And food. If you have an allergy-free and strong bellied baby, get adventuresome early with food (wish we had). I have been dreading the end of binky but it took about one day for all three boys--all of whom loved binky--to stop whimpering over their loss. They are old enough to cope without it. The worst part is now I have no reason any longer to shop the baby aisle. Except, oh yeah, diapers, still clinging to those (don't ask how PT is going!).

In honor of Binky, I made a little video. (Oh God, another video? Who has time to watch these?) Disclaimer: I made this and added the song before it was sung by Adam on American Idol last week. Really. I already knew this sad song was something special because, well, I am just that cool. What a mad world indeed . . .

15 comments:

Melanie said...

Awwwww.... I always have time to watch a video of the trips!!! I love those boys and watching another video just made me see again the bond they have!! I love it - I know that has nothing to do with your post....but I love sibling relationship! I so wish we lived close and then maybe Morgan could be their friend.....

Bye bye binkies!!!

rebekah said...

My little 18 month old watched in rapt attention. Keep making the videos.

Although now I'm sure he's thinking, what are those cool sucky things those lucky boys have? Binkies, you say? Hmm...

Stacy said...

geez they are cute.

riversnake said...

I love your videos, Cindy! Especially your choice of songs for their soundtracks. Perhaps I should have pushed the binky more on River. He's a thumb sucker and I fear day that we have to break him of that habit :(

Sorry Adam stole your song choice before you were able to post! I'm NOT a big fan of Adam and was disappointed when he chose that song. I've loved it since Donnie Darko but now it just makes me think of a lame poser emo kid...

Jocelyn said...

Hi there, I have read your blog before but didn't realize you were in KS. I was wondering where?? I am in Tulsa and went to KU..we get up to Lawrence on occasion!! Just figured I'd ask! The boys are getting so big.

jocbro@cox.net
My blog is at wordpress now and is private!!

Cindy said...

That was wonderful.:)

Kerry and Tom said...

Your just awesome I love your blog

mykidsmomx4 said...

That was hilarious... the saddness of the song, everything.

I remember saying goodbye to the binkies... 4 times!

One child wasn't interested, but another gave them up twice! My 5yr old wrapped them up for Santa when she was 2. He was suppoed to take them to other babies. We set them on the plate with the cookies and I sent her up to bed.

Two minutes later I found her in her sister's cradle, pluggy in mouth. I started to protest and she said "So sad Santa. It's mine!"

She got to keep it awhile longer!

Wendy said...

Cinds - that is AWESOME!!!!! I love it!!!!!!

ethiograndma said...

Re: mykidsmomx4 That's hilarious! BTW I'm Cindy's mom :)

Duchess said...

Hi, I found you blog in a very round about way- I'm not even sure how I got here, but I have to tell you that your boys are ADORABLE! I loved the video. I was giggling the entire time. My boy is a binky baby (18 mo) too.

ethiograndma said...

P.S. This has nothing to do with binkies, but I think Adam is AMAZING!

Kari said...

Cindy,
Ohhhhhh its so good to see how much the boys have thrived & growing so big:)) The video is hilarious & we're all sad to see their beloved Binkys go bye bye!!
Great job:)))
Hope we can meet someday...MO families rule!! LOL
Come by & say hi if you ever have time...a bloggy hi:)
Kari

Laura said...

They are so sweet

Samantha and Woody said...

Oh, your posts always make me feel better. What a great video.