A couple of weeks ago, I posted a fun teaser video for the Dirty Little Secrets series we are currently in at church. We have had some great response to it and have heard of a ton of people passing the video around. That’s cool. Well, tonight, was Owen’s real “intervention”. He started at a new sitter this week and has pretty much kicked the binkie habit during the nap, so he only asked for it at night. We thought that this weekend was the best time to have him kick the habit altogether, but we wanted to make it fun for him.
The night started off getting a pumpkin. Instead of the hectic big pumpkin patch, we decided to head over to a local church’s patch and pick one from their bunch. It was actually a really great find and the pumpkins were pretty cheap. Owen found some that he could hold in his arms and talked about them all night long …
After the pumpkin patch, we headed down the road to dinner at Il Vincino – one of our favorite pizza places in town. The cool thing about this was instead of crayons and paper, they give kids pizza dough to play with before dinner. That was nice …
So after the pumpkins and pizza, it was time for the intervention. The car-ride was tough. We tried to talk with Owen that tonight he was going to say goodbye to “binkie” forever. We started practicing saying “Bye Binkie!” He followed suit and all was good. The intervention was held at Build-A-Bear workshop. We decided instead of cutting the tip or just getting rid of it, we would let Owen be a part of it by putting it in a stuffed animal that he could “hug if he missed the pacifier”. So we made it to Build-A-Bear …
He was definitely overwhelmed by the store in general, but he soon picked out an elephant and we began the journey.
He was happy with his choice and was (surprisingly) happy to put his binkie in the elephant forever.
He stuffed the animal full of the good stuff and right before he was sewn up, he was supposed to kiss a heart to put in the animal. Instead, he bit it.
After the elephant was put together and “brought to life” we walked over to fill out the information for the birth certificate.
We named the elephant “BINX” so Owen can associate it with his binkie.
After we got home and ready for bed, we decided to try out the whole thing to see if it actually worked. He went to bed fine and didn’t cry once for his binkie!