Monday, September 20, 2010

The Saga of the Paci

Hi y'all! Guess who found her USB cord for the camera a few minutes ago?!? Woohoo, I'm back in business. And boy do I have a story for you. Where shall we begin in the saga of the paci...

I guess I could start 2 1/2 years ago in the NICU. When our beautiful 2 lb princess would take a paci that was as big as her head! I remember talking about taking it away right before her first birthday. hahaha. Life doesn't always go as planned, does it? Sooo...many moons later I was quite frustrated that it hadn't 'happened' yet. We would always plan it and then a good excuse reason would come up and we would put it off. Again and again. One weekend we actually did it. Within 24 hours Avery was seriously very sick. As I held my baby, burning up with fever, I asked what mama could do to make it better. She let out a long, sad "My paaaa paaaa, mama!" plea and that was the end of that. Obviously, I had saved a backup! But, enough was enough already and I had quite a plan. Avery loves balloons, so on the way home from work a few Fridays ago we stopped by Flowerama and picked up a bouquet of balloons. I tied the 2 remaining pacis we had to 2 different balloons and explained that Avery was a big girl and no longer needed a paci. I told her pacis were for babies and she was not a baby anymore. I told her we would put the pacis on the balloons and send them to the babies in heaven. She seemed excited but I got a backup cupcake just in case.

Once we got home, I made a big deal out of the whole thing. I told her to hold them tight and not let them go. With the camera ready, I say "Ok, let them go!" PLUNK! The pacis were too heavy for the balloons. After a few adjustments, we were ready to go again. We walked to the neighbors treeless yard and once again we let them go. The wind was blowing hard and the balloons flew right over to our yard and right into the tree. I held my breath and hoped the wind would catch them, but it just drove them further into the tree. Avery, realizing her beloved pa-pas were gone, had a meltdown right there in the driveway, balloons and pacis dangling right above our heads. (Did I mention the neighbors were outside watching the whole thing? #fail!) Thank God those pacis were out of reach! And thank God for the clown cupcake. We made it with just a few meltdowns the next week and now when Avery mentions the papas she mentions the babies we gave them too. And the pink balloons they dangled from. Oh, and the tree in our front yard where that paci still dangles, at this very moment. (I really need to put that on a honey-do list!)

I am so glad that it is over and done with. I hope to post a blog about her sleeping in her big girl bed soon. 1 goal down, 1,858 to go!

One last moment w/ her paci
Can you tell she was excited?
She was being so careful not to let it go!
And that was that!
This is not her normal reaction to a big, pretty cupcake. But it was a rough day!

So, that is about the best true story I have from my blog hiatus. Hope to be back in full swing this week!


Our Family said...

Oh, I know how hard that it is--for everyone! :) I love the idea of tying them to a balloon for the babies in heaven. So clever and sweet. Glad you are back from your blogging break. :)

Our Family said...

PS A blogging award is waiting for you over on my blog. Stop by to "claim" it! :) Lana

Cristi said...

Oh my sweet precious big girl.

Curran said...

That story is hysterical! I love it!

SurvivorDiane said...

This is both funny and sad. The look on her little face :( Our little guy is turning one tomorrow and I'm thinking about the bottle. It was a piece of cake with our girls but he will be a different story. Maybe I'll tie them to some balloons!!!

Stormie's Mommy said...

Such a great idea Casey!! Too bad it did not work that well. That is the hardest thing ever right??
I am with you on moving Stormie to her big girl bed. Never has happened in 3 years! AHH Any pointers I would love to hear ha ha

LucieP said...

ooh I want that cupcake! YUM!

I love your creativity mama!!!!

When the pacis weren't taking off, I woulda been like, "OK, God, whatcha trying to say?!"

Beth E. said...

I'm so sorry, but this post totally cracked me up! Not that poor Avery was upset, but how you tried so hard to make giving up the paci a fun experience! ;-)

I can relate. Our youngest was almost 3 yrs. before we got rid of his paci. I'm sure, at almost 20 yrs., he's thrilled I still mention that from time to time. lol

Stacey R. said...

we took hadley to build-a-bear and let her put the pacifier inside a stuffed animal and she did the stuffing and everything and she was happy she had it inside the unicorn and she couldn't take it out or else it would "died" the unicorn heehee

M J said...

Awww, I remember getting rid of Tatiana's pacis. We weren't as creative as you though. We just tossed them and when she asked told her that they were "all gone".