We recently packed up Molly’s baby bottles, and the few pacifiers she had. We affectionately call her baby bottle her “bah bah.” And over the course of her infanthood she had accumulated about a billion of them! Slow flow nipples, plastic, glass, colored, clear- enough to fill a pretty good size box!
Apparently age 1, is when doctors recommend you start to transition a baby from bottles to sippy cups. It’s also the time when some doctors recommend phasing out pacifiers. I wasn’t too worried about that though, because Molly never really took to pacifiers. But just as I was closing up the box, Molly noticed one of her little pacifiers on the top. And just like that – it was in her mouth. I had to take a picture!
It was like she knew we were saying goodbye to a part of her babyhood.
I already knew I felt a little sad to see it all go. Everyday she loses a little bit more of her baby self, and gains a little bit more toddler in return. It’s bittersweet. I want her to grow and become independent, but I also want her to stay my tiny pink baby that needs me.