Goodbye Paci….Hello Big Boy

We have been crossing things off the “big boy list” this summer. Owen moved to a big boy bed, potty trained, and the last item on the list was the paci. This is the one we were dreading the most. I saw this idea on another blog (thanks Leslie) and had to give it a try.

Here are the 3 pacis that Owen was in a bad habit of sleeping with…

I cut the tips off two (and saved the 3rd one in case of emergency!) while he wasn’t looking. At naptime one day when he asked for the pacis I brought them in and put on a big show of acting shocked that they were broken. The look on his face was priceless and it took all I had not to laugh. He was shocked and kept saying “oh no! I broke them!” I asked him if we should put them in the trash and he thought about it a minute and jumped up and ran to the trash can. He’s only asked for them twice since then and was satisfied when we reminded him that they were broken and in the trash.

I caught this cute picture one afternoon after we had battled it out over naptime and he refused to take a nap. This was several hours later after he had played outside and completely worn himself out. He slept like this for an hour.

So, we’ve conquered the “big boy list” and are starting daycare for the first time on Monday. Owen is a creature of habit and gets very upset when his routine is disrupted so this probably will not go well. Stay tuned…

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Lake DeGray

We took Owen to Lake DeGray a few weeks ago for some fun in the sun. He had a blast swimming and playing in the sand with the rocks.


We had a great time playing in the water with our little fish!

Out of the Mouths of Babes

This post may not appeal to anyone but me but I wanted to document some of the funny things that Owen has said lately because I know I’m going to forget them if I don’t write them somewhere. So, here are some of my favorites:

“I s(t)uck!!” which of course sounds like “I suck” and he yells it at the top of his lungs no matter where we are if he’s even remotely stuck somewhere.

“Me need Elmo!!” when requesting his Elmo underwear. These days I think he loves Elmo more than me.

“No Elmo! Me need….and then he proceeds to sing the song he wants Elmo to sing”

“Sing it!!” which he yells at us daily when he wants us to sing one of his many favorite songs.

“need it? NO!” the phrase he repeated over and over again yesterday at Lake DeGray while examining his rocks and deciding whether they were keepers or not. If he decided not to keep them then he threw them across the water.

“party!” which he yells everytime he sees sparkly streamers of any kind whether they be at an actual party, a car dealership, or a restaurant.

I will update this post as the situation arises so that I can keep a record of the funny things he’s saying these days.

**As for the picture at the top…..now that Owen is sleeping in “big boy bed” he has taken to falling asleep in weird places in his room. He usually roots around in the bed until the whole thing is destroyed before he gets comfortable. The other day when I went to check on him I found him on the floor rolled up in the sheet…..and there he slept for 2 hours.**