Saturday, June 10, 2006

It's gonna be a long one tonight!!!!!

No parent is perfect. Some parents wish their kids would eat healthier foods, but all the child will eat are hot dogs and chips ahoy. Some parents wish their kids would not sleep in Mommy and Daddy's bed, but they just won't sleep in their own bed. Some parents wish their kids wouldn't have temper tantrums everytime they walked in Wal-Mart, so to keep the peace, the buy them something to make them happy. Most of us, before having children thought "that will never happen to me." or "my child will never act that way." My kids eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, they sleep in their beds at night and during their naps and they're happy as can be at Wal-Mart. Where is our imperfection? pacifiers.

I've always been a believer in pacifiers. (still am) But what I didn't realize was how hard it was to break your child from them. Just last Thursday Anna threw hers away. That's right, my three year old. I feel very guilty that she had her "paci" for so long, but don't get me wrong, it never left her bed. The pacifiers haven't left our house in years, it was just a sleeping aid. She wasn't even allowed to have it in her mouth while in her room, unless she was sleeping. It was a strict, understood rule. We've been talking to her since she turned three about getting rid of it, telling her that she's just too old for it, that paci's are for babies and that once she got rid of it, we would buy her a bike. (I know, but as my friend Sara says "you have to do what you have to do!") Plus, this approach was shown on The SuperNanny, so I trusted Jo with this tactic. But it didn't work. She WANTED a bike and even picked it out, but she was not willing to get rid of it. One night, I put the pacifier on the dresser where she couldn't see it, and as soon as she got into bed she started looking for it. Throwing the blankets everywhere, stuffed animals were being tossed carelessly and then she started to panic and cry. I said "Anna, let's just read this story and then we'll try to find it." All through the story she continued to sit up and search furiously for the pacifier until she eventually started to cry. Really cry. At this point, one word flashed before my eyes: ADDICTION. And another word: GUILT. She was feeling this NEED to have her pacifier because it brought her COMFORT and taking it away was taking away all nighttime securities. It broke my heart knowing we just had to get rid of it.

Recently, she threw it away, twice in fact, but then she retrieved it from the trash. This past Thursday, she threw it away and I knew that that was it. Not because she wanted it gone, but because I did. I dug it deep into the trash, just about before naptime. I told her that if she took a nap without it, we would go buy her bike and she could call everybody and tell them what she did! We even called her Aunt Amy before her nap to tell her that she threw it away and that she was going sleep without it and then after her nap "we were going to go buy her bike, her princess helmet, a bathing suit and her Dora Sprinkler.: uhh....this girl knows how to work the system, don't you think? Nap time came, she laid in bed and she went ballistic. Terrible, crying, no comforting. Only one thing could comfort her (and me) and that was her pacifier. But it was time for her to learn to comfort herself and I knew I would help her. So, tonight is her third night without it, we've had difficult naps, and difficult bedtimes, but once she finally falls asleep, she has been sleepinf until almost 9am. We like that. She's a big girl and we are so proud.
P.S. She got her Dora bike, her Dora sprinker and her princess helmet. (she has enough bathing suits)

Tonight, Brian and I went on a date. Thanks to my wonderful, beautiful 17 year old neice for being so willing to babysit! We went to the mall, the Olive Garden--and used a gift card that was a gift this past week from an amazing person, and then we went to see "The Break-Up.'
Part of my gift for Mother's Day was a gift card for Victoria's Secret. See, with my new size, things are shrinking, not just da boobs, but my bootie as well! (my post sure made a turn in subject, didn't it?) So, I love nothing more then a good bra and Victoria's Secret underwear, my favorite. Here is how our date went: stopped at the theatre and bought the tickets, thank goodness, because the line was so long, put our names in at the Olive Garden, 40-45 minutes wait and then we went across the parking lot to the mall and literally ran into the mall. We got to Victoria's Secret and realized we should have left our "table caller" from the Olive Garden in the car, because when it gets out of's plays loud music. That was so irritating. Anyway, I was measured and I did need a cup size smaller, which is just fine with me! Finally, after much searching, I found a bra that I loved! I tried it on and it was fantastic! I can't wait to wear it tomorrow! I picked out my smaller underwear and then headed out the door with my music playing purse!
We went to the Olive Garden and still had about 20 minutes to wait, so we enjoyed a drink at the bar, (I got carded!) and then our waitress came, took our order and brought us our salad and breadsticks! YUM! We mentioned to her that we were kinda in a hurry as our movie was starting in 45 minutes, well, halfway into my first breadstick, our food arrived. No lie. I wasn't too happy with the warp-speed delivery of the food, but in the end it was for the best We had a great dinner, with great food and great wine. (beer for Brian) And off to the movie! Brian and I haven't seen a movie in over four years. We think the last one we saw was The Sixth Sense. The theatre we went to was beautiful, with huge, comfortable seats and arm rests that would go up and down, making it easy to snuggle. (where were those when we were dating!?!? Hello!!??) It was a very funny movie. I recommend it. But I wouldn't blame you for waiting to see it on DVD. I know sometimes I am cheap, but $17 for two people to see a movie?!?! Do they know how much a DVD cost? It was worth it this time, but next time...maybe we'll go bowling or something!
Anyway, I didn't mean to throw up on you, all this blog at once, but I just had some stuff to share, I've been wanting to blog, but this week any windows for blogging were closed because other things needed to be done!!
As usual, I leave you with pictures!

Before our date!

Anna with her princess helmet, standing on her bike box.

Oh, did I mention we bought Noah a vehicular treat, as well? How could we not? He LOVES it!
This morning I woke up at 9:36 am (!!!!) to find Brian making pancakes! Here is Noah enjoying his yummy treat!
Fun bike, first thing in the morning.
This is the only good picture I have of Anna on her bike. What's up with that? But look at Noah, he's so cute!


  • At 6/11/2006 07:39:00 AM, Blogger elisa said…

    First, thanks for your sweet comment you left on my blog. I appreciate it!

    2nd, Dora has a sprinkler??? Where do I find this? Emma would love it!

    3rd, you are beautiful and so are your children. I love the name Anna. Three looks like a fun age! My dd sucks her thumb, so tell me, how do you get rid of that? LOL

    Have a great Sunday! Oh, and congrats on smaller size VS panties - I love them, too - been wearing them for years (although the sizes have changed :( )

  • At 6/11/2006 01:52:00 PM, Blogger Penny said…

    What cool bikes beth :)

    You sure looked great before your date.

  • At 6/12/2006 09:51:00 AM, Blogger Sara T said…

    AWWW..I am so sorry the paci war is going rough. I'm sure you will eventually win though. ;) Your doing the right thing. Maybe do a little game out of it like I did with Colin to stop sucking his thumb. Do in a sing songy voice about all the people that don't use pacifiers including her at the end. Colin loved that and it really helped. He was "cured" in 2 days. :)
    I so love the super nanny! I have picked up SO many things from that show. She ROCKS!!
    I am so glad you all had a good date deserved it! And an awesome one at that...a feel good trip to VS, yummy dinner, and a funny movie. awesome! I still can't believe its been that long since you saw a movie. Wow! Are you taking the kids to see Cars?? Since Noah loves cars so much? We are taking Colin. It should be fun. :)

  • At 6/12/2006 04:13:00 PM, Blogger Mich said…

    Wow! Anna is SUCH a big girl!! i mean, really, I'm 32 and don't even own my own sprinkler yet;-) So glad that the newest wheeled vehicles were such hits, and wow,you deserved a nice night out after de-pacifying. And way to use your time effectively at Southlake!!

  • At 6/13/2006 10:17:00 AM, Blogger Sara T said…

    Oh I totally forgot to mention...I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE that pic of Noah on his bike. Such joy in his face. Love it!!

    Now...get a good pic of Anna for me on her bike. ;)

  • At 6/18/2006 09:33:00 PM, Blogger Jenn said…

    Madison is my first real paci baby. I will probably be going through the weaning process with her in a couple years! A bike sounds like a great reward - I'll have to remember that!

    Glad you had such a great date night! You looked beautiful! Love the grin on Brian's face LOL You two make such a cute couple! I hope you can continue to get out more together!


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