Goodnight, be-o!

Um, okay. So it's kind of weird that I'm actually upset by this, but my 3 and a half year old suddenly gave up his be-o's. (Bibila, or for those of you who don't speak Greek (teehee), Soother).

We have been talking about this for a while. Like, "Christos, you should stop using your be-o's soon." "Yes, because I'm a big boy." "Exactly."

Well, tonight, as I was getting my boys ready for bed, Christos says to me: "Mommy? I quit my be-o's. Dimitry can have them now." I was like... "Are you sure? You don't have to!"

And I can see my husband just shaking his head at me, like, 'WHAT are you saying, woman?'

So, after I read Christos a few books, I said to him that he could very well take a be-o if he wanted to. That we loved him no matter what, even if he kept taking his be-o's until he was 100 years old.

Then I realized that he had fallen asleep. Just like that. On his own. With no be-o's. For the first time, ever.

And I was sad! I've always had a problem 'letting go' of certain stages and I have a hard time adjusting to change. Getting him to drink from a bottle made me sad, giving him formula made me sad, moving him into his own room made me sad, and getting him his very big big boy bed made me sad. Even toilet training him was kind of sad. Because with each step, his baby-ness was going away. Being replaced with his big boy-ness.

But you know what? I AM SO PROUD OF HIM! THAT'S MY BOY!
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Jessica - This Is Worthwhile said...

That is the sweetest, most wonderful thing EVER. Count yourself lucky! There are countless parents out there pulling their hair out trying to get their little one to quit the soother.

Then again, Christos might change his mind tomorrow night :)

Loukia said...

I know, it took him one day to get toilet trained, too. Once he decides on something, he just goes with it. I wonder how the night will progress? I left a 'be-o' on the pillow next to him just in case. My husband is going to shoot me! But I had to!

Chelle said...

Aw, that IS a huge milestone! And I so would have left one on the pillow, too ;)

And I know what you mean about milestones...when we move Bella into her furniture in her own room...I may ask you for some Kleenex :(

The White House said...

How sweet is that? What a big boy you have, and when they choose to grow up on their own, it really makes your heart melt!

Nap Warden said...

OK...I had something else to say. Then I saw you say it took him ONE DAY to get potty trained! So jealous...

Loukia said...

I was convinced it would take him months to get toilet trained. He really surprised us there! I made a chart with stickers thinking it would NOT impress him at all, but he was thrilled and that's all it took!

Amy said...

Liam was 3 1/2 when he "gave up" his soother.

(And my "gave up" I mean we had to pry it from his kungfu grip with him kicking a screaming.)

(Actually, we made a chart and promised him a much desired toy if he completed seven nights sans soother.)

(And by "promised" I "bribed".)

Way to go Christos!

Anastasia said...

Yay big boy Christos!!! Congrats on the big step Momma!

Chandra said...

What a huge milestone and a sad one for you. The toughest thing about being a Mom is seeing our kids get older right before our eyes. I hate the thought of not having "my babies" anymore but now look forward to all the big boy things we will get to do together!
It's wonderful you have this blog to remember it all!

Elisa said...

that is so good! such a good boy. Stella still has her binky, though now she only uses it for nap time and at night... to be honest potty training worries me more than the binky!

2 Little Irish Boys said...

I so know what you mean. Funny, I have the same type of post today! We mom's.....think alike!

♥spoiled mommy♥ said...

Awwwwww-way to go!!!
Im so proud of him for you too...and I would have done the same thing, leave it on the pillow. That stuff makes me sad too.

Scary Mommy said...

That is so funny--- I just put Ben to bed for the second night with no paci and he didn't even ask for one. I was JUST crying to Jeff about it and he totally didn't get why it was bittersweet. Sniff... my baby's growing up! :(

Loukia said...

Sniff... it is sad and bittersweet, isn't it? Thank you all for your nice comments! :)