I will admit upfront that I used to be very judgemental of you. I would see you in the grocery store, plugged in some innocent child's mouth, and I would think When I am a parent I will make sure that I won't use THAT... And then only 3 weeks into being a parent I caved in and tried you out. My baby wanted to suck incessantly, and so I used my pinkie thumb to pacify her. It worked, except I couldn't get anything done. So I turned to you, and you have been faithful ever since.
I swore I would give you up before the 6 month mark. Nope.
I thought I would give you up before the 1 year mark. Nope.
Each time I thought maybe I would think of some big trip by airplane or car, or something like that and think... Is it really worth it when the binky is such a good friend to her? And you have been a good friend to her.
Do I worry about your plastic leeching into her mouth when she uses you, yeah.
Do I think she looks and sounds cuter without you around, yeah.
But, now at 18 months do I feel like it is time to end your beloved friendship? I don't know.
What a blessing you have been. What a curse...
Alex told me that yesterday she had a little binky fashion show after all the Binky's came down off the shelf. First the small latex pink one, then the blue one with the crack, then the Halloween looking one... Then, two in her mouth at once. And she thought this was hilarious. You made her giggle so hard you fell plumb out of her mouth.
Thank you for soothing my baby all these months. I wish you didn't hide her smile, but thank you for making her smile. Thank you for showing me how to be less judgemental.
Maybe one day soon we can part amicably and without any hard feelings?