It was time for the Binky Fairy....
Just before Easter, I tried to convince Ellen that if she gave the Easter bunny her pacifiers, he would give them to other little babies that don't have any pacifiers. She was not too keen on that idea and I could see that it just wasn't going to work. BUT! Recently, one night I went to tuck Ellen into bed and I really couldn't find any of her pacifiers. I really couldn't. I told her that if she laid in bed and went to sleep, I would keep looking for her pacifier and bring it up to her when I found it. Naturally, I never "found" any of them. Ellen went 5 days without the pacifier. She would ask for it every night and every night I would tell her that I still haven't found it. She was the one who asked about the Easter bunny coming to take her binks and leave a present.
Here was my chance!
Ellen and I sat on her bed for quite some time the other night talking about the Binky Fairy. This is how the conversation went:
Me: What do you know about the Binky Fairy?
Ellen: She comes in my room and leaves me a present.
Me: How does the Binky Fairy come into your room?
Ellen: She comes in the window and flies around my room.
Me: What does she do?
Ellen: She leaves me a present in my closet, but she could leave under my dresser or over there, over there, there or there or there.....
Me: Why would she leave you a present in the closet? What if you don't see it or forget about it in the morning? (no answer) Do you think the Binky Fairy will hide your present?
Ellen: uh, yeah....
Me: Well, did you know that if the Binky Fairy comes, she takes your binks and you won't have them anymore?
Me: Are you ready to give up your binks?
Me: What does the Binky Fairy do with your binks?
Ellen: She gives them to other babies.
This conversation went on and on. I am so amazed at the "big kid" conversations I can have with Ellen. She is the most reasonable 3 year old I know.
I stayed up pretty late that night making one of her presents from the Binky Fairy. It was one of those Make and Melt projects. A rainbow, like I had growing up. She also got a fancy pair of dress up shoes.
The Binky Fair came?????????
Ellen woke up the next morning and walked right by her window where the shoes and rainbow were. She came in our room and didn't even realize that there were presents in her room. After a few minutes, she remembered and wanted to go downstairs to see what she brought. I think she thought it was going to be like Christmas or something. When I told her to check her room first, she walked in and still couldn't see anything new. Good heavens! She finally saw the window and got the biggest smile on her face. She liked the rainbow the best and was really happy that she even left her a thank you note. After a few minutes, Ellen says, "that's all I get?"
Oh, to be such an honest child.