Thursday, February 25, 2010

Duct Tape Nukkie

Our 2 year old daughter, Abby, is something. She's busier than all our other kids combined and she has a LOT going on in that head of hers. We're eager to see what God has in store for her, if she hasn't worn us out in the meantime.

She is the first of our kids to take a Nuk or a passie or a Bopee or whatever it is called around your place. All the others siblings were thumb suckers. And so, after five kids, we find ourselves in uncharted to get rid of the Nuk?

We've been given advice; we've done some reading; we've thought about it. We decided to cut small holes in the 2 remaining Nuks. The thought goes that they won't suck the same and we'll keep cutting the holes a tad bigger every few days until she just doesn't want them anymore.

I cut the holes a few nights ago. I cut one way too big apparently.

That night, Abby was put into bed with the new and improved Nukkie. She immediately said, "Need other Nukkie, please. This Nukkie not working." Yes, she can talk like that. She was told that this was the Nuk she had for tonight so she should go to sleep. Upon hearing this she "Humphed" and rolled over.

After about 10 minutes, she was crying "I need a new Nukkie, please," over and over. She was told "No," and stopped crying for a bit.

After about 15 minutes of more calling and crying, I went in with the other Nukkie (the one with the smaller hole). When she saw it, she said, "Oh, thanks Mom. Here you take the broken Nukkie. You fix it with some duct tape, OK?"

Is the knowledge that duct tape will fix anything common from the womb?


  1. Abby, Abby, Abby...from her I'd expect no less! Can't wait to read more.

    See you at lunch!

  2. How cute! Perhaps if she can speak and understand that well she would be willing to make a trade. Samuel traded his nukie for a watch, yes, at 2 years that is what he wanted most. And Isaak traded for a flashlight. I can't remember what we did for Grace. But with all of them it worked well!

  3. Wendy, I have long awaited your vast knowledge to be put into writing! :) So so excited for more! You have MUCH to offer!!

  4. That is hillarious. Well, with Thorin, we went cold turkey. He turned two and all the binkies disappeared. Naps and sleep were difficult for about two days then he was fine. But every kid is different, we just went with the dictator approach. It worked for us!

  5. Give her a roll of duct tape and see if she can work it out for herself.

  6. I think we're going to do the cold turkey thing. Just need to decide when I want to have the rough few days...