Thursday, July 23, 2009
I have the best sister-in-law in the world. And no, she did not pay me to say that. You all know my husband and I went to Maine last week and left the kids at the beach with my SIL, her husband, and my MIL. That in itself is huge. But what you might not know is that she also got Ethan to give up his baba - his pacifier.
Yes, I know he's too big for a pacifier. I know we should've taken it away earlier. But I wanted to get potty training taken care of first and he's just so attached to the dang thing. We had been warning him that baba time was just about over, that before school started he would have to give his babas away to babies who don't have any babas. I thought we would do the Supernanny trick and "mail" them away, then get "mail" in return. Anyway, a couple of months ago my SIL (Alicia, Aunt Sheesha to my boys) said, "You want me to get rid of the baba while you're in Maine?" I said, "Heck, yes!" but then he was really sick right before we left and I told her not to worry about it. It's our job as parents to do the dirty work, after all. But she did it! On our last day, when we were coming home, they had a big conversation about it and she just went with it. She took him to Michaels to pick out the stuff he was going to use to write the letter. They had decided to send the babas to Dora the Explorer's baby brother and sister. He "wrote" his letter, put it and the babas in an envelope, and took it out to the mailbox. He cried for a while that night and has mentioned his baba every day at least once, but he's doing well without them. Yesterday he got a thank-you note from "Dora" and he was extremely proud of himself. He even brushed his teeth all by himself for the first time last night. We keep talking about what a big boy he is. And he is! I can't believe how grown-up he is. No diapers, no baba, he can dress himself and brush his own teeth (with a little guidance). It's amazing. So here's to you, Aunt Sheesha! Thank you!