This post does not contain tips about knitting your turkey a hat and scarf to keep warm - or any on what to do with Thanksgiving leftovers, so if that’s what you were searching for, I’m sorry but these vegetarian girls have nothing for you!
I have been wondering for a while how to tackle the issue of minimising Bubba’s use of – and the eventual phasing out completely - the num num (dummy/binkie). I’m not alone – it seems a number of mothers of similar aged children have wondered the same.
I have always said as long as she’s done with it by the time she starts school I’ll be happy. Then she started wanting to use it all day! This all day timing coincided with changing her routine and going to a different carer for six weeks, so I thought I’d leave it … for now.
Then last Friday (her first week day at home with mumma before going back to her regular routine and regular carer) this happened: I asked for her num num to wash it while she ate her breakfast, then I put it to the side to dry.
And she didn’t ask for it back.
She went through her day, including her daytime sleep, and the late afternoon w(h)ine time without it.
As I put her to bed for the night she settled down without it.
The following morning as I lifted her warm sleepy body out of her cot, she looked around as if she’d left something behind, but didn’t ask for it.
She went cold turkey. On her own. From a pretty serious attachment to nothing. No tears. No stress. No fussing. No. Big. Deal.
The terrific side effect of losing the num num (apart from the obvious being able to see more of her lovely smile) is listening to her talking. A lot!
I’m not silly enough to have thrown them all away just yet, given that it’s only been five whole days . But I am well aware, (as I may have mentioned once or twice previously) of what a lucky mumma I am and what a good - and lovely - little girl I have.