This week has been tough for my little princess. She has had her binky since day one in the hospital and this was the week that we had to say goodbye! She's 32 months old and it was time. Many of you know the struggle that we had with Ally as an infant. She didn't sleep well at all (not through the night until 15 months!!!), so I wasn't about to take away her binky at 2 like I did with Ryan. I have jokingly said that she can have in in college for all I care as long as the girl SLEEPS! Well, she has been really, really attached to her binky lately and she wants it all the time, not just at night in bed. So Monday we made the decision to take it away. What's one more major life change this week??? What was I thinking??? She was really excited to gather up all her binkies and she gave each one a final suck before saying goodbye. We all thought it would be OK, she didn't even seem upset. We. were. wrong! As parents, it is a terrible thing listening to your baby cry and scream when you know that you have the power to make it better. The first night was AWFUL! She cried, and cried and cried and woke up several times during the night shrieking like she was in pain, but we were strong and we made it through day 1. Day two was about the same. She asked for binky all day and blamed me for taking them away to be washed (which is not at all what we told her, but she got that in her head and wouldn't let it go- feeling like mother of the year at this point). There have been more melt downs than I can count this week and no naps, she's been far too upset, which makes for a LONG day. Until... today. I feel like Angels should start singing right now because of the way I feel. She has slept all night the last two nights and right now as I type, she is in her bed taking a nap!! Can I get an AMEN!!!! She did it, she calmed herself down after an awful fit about Sponge Bob (hilarious since we don't even watch it) and managed to go to sleep. She still has her pink silky for comfort and I mean it when I say she can get married and still have it, I'm never taking it away-ever. I am sitting here reflecting on this week and thanking the Lord for his goodness. My babies are growing up. I know that getting rid of binky is not major, but for us this is a victory worth celebrating. So kudos to you Ally girl, I am so proud of you for making it through this week. What a big girl you are-sniff, sniff. Have a Happy nap.