First it was giving up the crib. Then it was giving up the diapers. Then (finally!!!) it was giving up the pacifiers. It's hard work being two.
Two weeks ago Penelope gave her pacifiers away to the little baby rabbit who frequents our back yard. After much convincing, Penelope decided that he needed them more than she did. So on our way to school one morning we ceremoniously deposited all of the pacifiers on the grass in the middle of the backyard, called out to the baby rabbit that they were for him, and sadly waved goodbye.
As soon as we got home from school, Penelope ran into the backyard to check and see if they were gone. Indeed they were. (Thanks to some incognito work from Daddy.)
This was the transition we were all dreading the most. Neither of us could conceive how Penelope would be lured into dreamland without her beloved "paci's." But, surprisingly, she hasn't looked back. Thank you baby rabbit!
Here's Penelope on her way to her first day of school.
She was very excited!
(In reality, I believe she was actually more excited about her new lunch box than the prospects of school.)
Fast forward a month, and Penelope is still giddy about her lunch box, but she doesn't look like this when we announce it's time to go to school. In fact, it's quite a feat every morning to get us both ready and out the door in one piece.
But whenever I arrive to pick her up, she is having a blast playing with her new friends and has to be convinced to say goodbye and head home.