Friday, July 8, 2011

Growing up

Oh, the power of words.  What an ability they have to affect me.  Today they did just that.

I had been busily cleaning for the past hour or so while the babies napped.   I had gotten Lana Grace started on several projects....painting, cutting and gluing, matching shapes....most anything to keep her busy so that I could be.  Each time she finished an activity, I found her in the same place doing the same thing - sucking those (yes there are three) pacis!

We have been battling the pacifiers for quite a while now.  I got an idea from an article that I read to use the "paci fairy."  So Lana Grace knows that when she turns three in a few weeks and has her fairy princess party that the paci fairy is coming to get them.  A little baby somewhere needs them.  Now in exchange, she gets a ridiculous amount of "consolation prizes" but that is a story for another day!  

She prayed last night for her "best most favorite things," her pacis.  She has become very protective of them so she wants to have them now more than ever.  I suppose it is her fear of them disappearing. I hope we are not scarring her for life!  

Today's conversation went like this.  "Mommy I love my pacis."  "I know that you do Lana Grace but you are becoming a big girl."  "Well, when I get little for you again can I have them back?"  "Well that is not the way life works.  We don't get to be little again.  We grow up and become big people."

We don't get to be little again.  We don't get to be little again.  Wow!  Now I know I'm the mommy and I'm probably totally emotional about one of my babies turning three...but this made me sad.  When do we grow up?  When do we lose the ability to be comforted by something so simple?  When exactly do we put aside those silly things that make us giggle and let life become so complicated?  

Life is so short.  I'm going to do my best to slow it down a little.  I hope the paci fairy has the courage to show up at our house.  But if not, that is how things work sometimes....... I suppose.
Our little fairy


  1. such a sweet pic of that precious girl! We had the same issue at our house when Holden was turning 3. Right after his birthday we had many afternoons of stormy weather. We had a huge ditch behind our house that was quite full. We decided to all go out there and toss the paci's in the rain-filled ditch and watch the paci's get swept away. We had a few tears that night at bedtime but he did surprisingly well! The hard part for you is if Annabeth and Amelia are as attatched as Lana Grace because she might decide to "borrow" theirs when no one is looking!

  2. Luckily for us, none of the kids did get very attached to the paci. I hope it goes smoothly.

  3. I just read an article in Parents magazine about this. Another idea besides the paci fairy was attaching them to helium balloons and letting them fly off to other babies somewhere. Maybe that would be a good idea also??? You can do it!