OMG Big Buzz Lightyear Day

Something monumental happened over the weekend in the babybabylemon household: pacifiers were given up. We’d been trying to figure out how to make this happen, but not that hard. I know they say the magic number is beforeĀ  2 years old for ideal quitting age, but that came and went last July and we never did a thing about it. I did have lots of excuses – not before our vacation, not until after BlogHer, not until he sleeps through the night and then we rolled around to March. I knew I wanted to be done by 3, but… ugh. Kiddo was hardcore addicted.

TL;DR version: Spencer gave up his pacifier, got a big Buzz and promptly lost his shit. Photos below. Or, if you’d like to know details, carry on.

We already had some rules in place: no pacifiers at school, at the park, in the back yard, at the dining table, and we tried to outlaw them most places when we were out. We popped it out when he was sleeping at night, so waking and looking for one was never really an issue, but he used it to fall asleep. I always kept one on hand though. Part of the issue (for me), is that Spencer is pretty tall so he looked like a much older kid using one and I was embarrassed. Also, I was sick of them in pictures and missing his smile.

Saturday afternoon, Spencer woke from his nap and we were all sitting in his room and my husband noticed that his pacifier was cracked. We told him he couldn’t use that one anymore and asked him to go throw it in the trash. He did pretty willingly, so I told him he could have Big Buzz if he threw out ALL of his pacifiers. I was totally kidding. Spencer, however, responded with a dead serious ok, let’s go downstairs and do just that.

Some background: Spencer is Toy Story obsessed. OBSESSED. Last Christmas, he told us over and over he wanted Jessie and Bullseye (he already had Woody) and that is what he told Santa the first time. When we went back to Santa for photos, Spencer said he wanted Buzz. I’d already purchased Jessie and Bullseye and was worried about how hard/fragile Buzz would be (he’s all plastic) we told Spencer he could have Buzz when he turned 3. This became a running family joke. We’d ask what he got when he was 3 and he’d say Big Buzz! So. Getting Buzz early would be a very big deal.

We came downstairs and he threw them all in the trashcan. The gross kitchen trashcan on top of bacon packaging and egg shells, so I was hoping this stuck and wouldn’t necessitate a midnight drugstore run. He didn’t mention them again until bedtime 5 hours later. He asked about going to get Buzz and I told him the mall was closed and we’d have to go when it opened on Sunday. I figured that gave us overnight and nearly 24 hours to see what happened.

He played and generally was awesome until bedtime and then the regrets and whining started. I explained that we didn’t have any pacifiers to give him and he would just have to go to sleep without one. He said he didn’t want Buzz anymore and I said that was ok, but we still didn’t have any pacifiers to give him. I just kept stressing that he threw them out and chose to throw them out to get Buzz.

When he got up on Sunday morning, he asked for one, but then got excited to go to the mall and the Mickey store. The mall opens late on Sunday (of course) and Spencer has been getting up before 7, so we had some time to kill. My husband was working, so we met him for a coffee break at 9 and then went to the bookstore, pet store and craft store (all in a row in a strip mall) and then lo and behold it was 1045 so we drove to the mall.

And Spencer lost his mind.


Craft store.

Open! Open! Open!

This one!

SALE! Woohoo!

I think he likes it.

Play time.


Second sleep with no pacifier.


I’ll admit that it hasn’t been all sunshine and bunny kisses. He’s asked for pacifiers a few times (ha. tons of times) and at one point yesterday, he put Buzz back in the box and asked to put him away and have pacifier instead. He seems to be on the road to acceptance and I love seeing him smile. An added bonus is that his drooling seems to have stopped.





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10 Responses to “OMG Big Buzz Lightyear Day”

  1. Suzanne says:

    Aw, such a big boy! You know, I never even noticed he was still sleeping with a pacifier, so you must have gotten plenty of pictures without them.

    And I know better than to judge a mom in public when her kid has a paci, even if he looks old. Except for the time I saw a girl who had to keep taking out her paci to have conversations with her dad about 2nd grade. Then, I judged.


    Amy Reply:

    Because I wouldn’t post the pictures, or would take it out. But, if you look at instagram, he has one in a ton of the playing in the house candids.


  2. Jamie says:

    I am a new reader. I just love this play by play! So sweet. We took away my daughter’s at 17 months after realizing it was bed time and we lost them all. That was two months ago and since then we have found 2 (of course) and sometimes I REALLY struggle to not give them back when shes extra fussy! haha. but i did notice she is eating more, which is good! CONGRATS!


  3. Rebecca says:

    Good job Spencer!!!

    We had the same issue with Kadyn – he looks so much older than he is and people are quick to judge. (I have a picture of him before he turned 2, he’s in just a diaper and has a soother. And he looks like he’s 4.)

    I have so, so, SO lucky with bottle and soothers with both boys. So lucky I should just shut the help up. Though Graysen still has a soother at nap and bed times and I fear I will get my comeuppance then.

    Anyway… way to go BabyBabyLemon house!!


  4. Sigh. Not 5 minutes ago I was searching for a paci. Last night I woke up twice trying to find it in Bella’s covers.

    I wanted to see how much older Spencer was than Bella, since each month I notice a huge difference in my ability to reason with her. I couldn’t see taking it away at 2 years because she wouldn’t have understood.

    Although by now it would be over but anyway.

    So he’s about 5 months older than her. Maybe I can hang in there a few more months, but that thing has to be gone soon. Because I hate it. HATE.

    He is adorable btw.


  5. Cole says:

    Mommy is totally not ready for this – although my binkies keep breaking and they are NOT being replaced… hopefully, by the time this last one goes I’ll be ready to go to bed without one! ::crossing fingers:: Grammy Boo already got me a Buzz, but maybe some other toy might work.


  6. TMae says:

    “And then he lost his mind.” I love it. I’m glad it’s been smooth-ish so far. O *started* asking for a paci about 1 month ago. Wha?


  7. Sarah says:

    That is so awesome that “no pacifiers” is going well. I have a sleep time pacifier-user, as well, and I’m wondering how we are going to tackle that one. I like how your experience progressed…we shall see…


  8. melissa says:

    awww yay spencer!! it’s so cute that he’s trying to negotiate. i almost started crying when you said he put buzz back in the box and asked for his pacifiers back. but i’m an emotional wreck most of the time soooo. anyway, congratulations!


  9. Amy says:

    Yay Spencer! (by the way I love his long hair)

    Kids are awesome at making us proud and making us feel bad at the same time. Yay for you sticking to your guns!


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