Thursday, September 11, 2008

Operation Bobo

Usually September 11th is a hard day for me. It is a day filled with some pretty awful memories of running a daycare in downtown Manhattan as all hell broke loose all around us. But this September 11th is a different for me. This September 11th is the day B stopped being my baby and became a big boy...sniff.

It all began yesterday. I went out and bought a little highly decorated felt bag and a gift wrapped present. The cook at our school joined me in my plan nicknamed Operation Bobo.

The cook gave B the bag and told him to fill the bag with all of his bobo's (pacifiers) and she would give them to the babies in the baby room. He would also get the present.

This all coincided with the arrival of his big boy bed.

We ran home and he searched the house for all the bobo's and put them in the bag. He sat on the couch gripping the bag and awaited the arrival of his big boy bed. When the bed finally came the surly truck driver was bombarded with photographs and songs about his big boy bed and was forced (I mean this guy was really not into it) to look in little B's bag of bobos.

The bed was covered in his pinkarific sheets that he chose himself and all the stuffed animals were arranged and B fell asleep bobo free.

Little S took B's old crib and actually slept most of the night. In the morning I discovered why B had climbed into S'c crib and they slept all curled up together. Please begin the awww sound now.

In the morning still bobo free B went to school and handed the bag over the the cook and received his special prize. And his Mommy as she proudly took this shot burst into tears and hugged him so tightly he nearly turned blue.


28 comments:

Mrs Parks said...

That is the best big boy bobo story ever : )

My daughter had her bink till' she was FIVE.
Old women in the grocery store would shake fingers and tsk tsk her.
It was scary.

I hope today is a great day for you!

Just a Girl in a Port said...

How wonderful!

I love the crib story. That's impossibly cute.

Kristin H. said...

My kids never took pacifiers, but the big girl bed transition happened not all that long ago. I'm feelin' ya girl...that's the good stuff.

Heather said...

Awwww....what a great story, and a great idea for making this rite of passage fun!

Queen-Size funny bone said...

my kids never had one. but here is a ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh for ya.

Not Your Aunt Bea said...

Awww...the two of them asleep together. And he gets a gold star for giving up his bobo so easily.

Heidi said...

Ohhhh, very sweet story. Congratulations big boy!

Mimi's Toes said...

Oh, how sweet. My grand-daughter loves her Bobo, we call wub-a-nub cause it has a little animal attached to it. She is almost 18mos. I don't know when they will start weining her.

honeywine said...

Aaaawwwww...that's a much better way to remember the day.

Kmommy said...

How awesome! What a big boy! And what a great idea for getting rid of the bobo! :)
And how cute that he snuggled up with lil sis :)

Valarie said...

Thats great!!! Good Job "B"!

Suzie I cannot even imagine what went on that day. As all the world remembers, I can see why you would want to forget it. :\

Vered - MomGrind said...

What a big boy!

I'm proud of him too. :)

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What a precious story!
I love it. You're really smart to plan such a bye bye to bobo day celebration. No wonder you are the queen of school!
Becky

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Yes - I did say AWWW. Because that is just too cute.

My Wonderful Men said...

AWWWW, what a big boy now. You did a great job taking them away and it worked! =)

MamaGeek said...

Oh the sweetness. Congrats on your big boy milestone.

*le sigh*

adrienne said...

That story made me a little teary. Too bad Delivery Guy didn't get the auspiciousness of the event!

Kmommy said...

Hi there! Just wanted to let you know that there's an award on my blog for you and I also tagged you for a meme ;)

Madge said...

yea! Go B!! genius plan to help him give them up......

THopgood said...

A momentous day indeed! Good for "B"!

On another note....you were THERE! OMG! I'd love to here your story. I'm off to go search for your 9/11 story. If it's not to be found will you post one?

Heidi said...

great job! when my son turned 4 we told him that big boys don't use pacifiers anymore and made a huge production of him throwing them all away. He couldn't have his birthday cake (and become a "big boy") until they were all in the trash. I ws SO glad to be rid of them! :)

Annie said...

Awww...that picture is so cute!

I've heard of other parents that took this type of tactic, and they all said it went over really successfully. I hope it is the same for you!

forgetfulone said...

I'm so glad the "operation" was successful! My son had a harder time giving his up than my daughter. Congrats on the big boy bed, too.

Busymama Kellie said...

That is such a great story and what makes it even better what that he was SO proud to do it! Usually giving up the pacifier is such a traumatic fight, you did a great job.

the teach said...

Suzie, I avaoided posting for 911 all day yesterday but late in the day I felt so bad I did post something briefly. My hubby was down there too. He worked in the Trade Center but was delayed on that day so didn't reach the building til after the first plane hit. He was caught in the plume of dust when the towers fell and walked all the way home to Queens. I didn't hear from him til 1'oclock in the afternoon. But he was safe... We all have stories, don't we?

Congrats to your big boy! :)

themommykelly said...

AWWWWWWWW! That is so sweet!
Congratulations on such a smooth transition. Good plan. Excellent execution.

Beam on with pride, Mama!

April said...

So sweet!

Tales From the Eurovan said...

We were living in the Bronx on 9/11 this year we were evacuating for hurricane Ike.

On a brighter note, good luck with the pacifier withdrawal! I think it's just as hard on the parents as it is the kids!
Take care,
Julie

 
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