mookers milestone and earth week

Margot ditched her beloved pacifier last week. Oh my girl and her willful, thoughtful way. She amazes me.


For the last two years she’s loved her bedtime mookers and, just like that, she tossed it. Read about my husband’s brilliant strategy and Margot’s impressive gumption in this week’s mama digs, mookers milestone.


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Also, in honor of Earth Week (and as I cringe thinking of my daughter’s pacifier in a landfill), I am joining the Biomimicry Institute’s Great TV Rebellion. The campaign challenges people to get away from the tv and get outside. And while we aren’t much of a tv-watching family, I know this will be a challenge for me…no afternoon Sneetches on youtube and no morning Dinosaur Train while this mama collects herself over coffee!


I look forward to the challenge and replacing that time with some thoughtful outdoor activities with my kids (especially in this warm weather!). Throughout the week, I’ll be posting some of what I am doing with my girls here and on my facebook page.


It’s a great opportunity to set a little extra intention to my family’s earthly dwelling. Even if this challenge isn’t the right one for you, perhaps you can pick another…dry your clothes outside, turn off your front porch light, invest in cloth napkins, don’t drive, pick up litter along a trail…and share your experiences and ideas here or over on facebook.

Our planet is pretty amazing. We’re off to check it out (sans mookers battles!).

22 Responses to mookers milestone and earth week

  1. meg says:

    I love her expression in the first photo!
    My Lucy turned 2 in December and has always done milestones on her own and in her own way. She didn’t walk until she was good and ready at 16 months. And then potty trained on her own whim at 23 months.
    But the “gucker” (her mooker) still exists. She is on her last, having chewed holes in the rest.
    I sense she is about to give it up. When as she awakes she hands it to me and says “here mimi, take my gucker.”

  2. Melissa says:

    what a gal, that margot. love the new haircut, too.

    for us it was the ba-ba. and we just took it and it was hard but the best decision ever. he still talks about it and asks about it (the nursing too; but the nursing thing goes more like, mommy, can i pretend to nurse?).

    it’s bittersweet, how they move right along, isn’t it?

  3. Wesley says:

    Did Margot get a haircut? It looks great! They grow up too fast, huh?

    Congrats on her newest accomplishment. She is a very bright young girl!

  4. I love the picture of Margot and Ruby where Margot is a blur and Ruby is not. It reminds me of my son and baby girl. He’s always on the go and she is content to just sit and absorb! Fantastic!
    Also, I thought I would thank you, because of your (and some other’s)inspiration I’ve decided to grow a garden this year and I hope to “rebell” against our TV and get outside more with this great activity I can share with my 3-year-old son! Thanks for all your great posts.

  5. Emily says:

    Way to go Margot! I can so relate! My big girl had her binky till she was almost 4, and we talked a lot about how when she had her 4th birthday party she’d be a big girl and no longer need a pacifier. I was amazed when she just gave it up all on her own one day a week before her birthday. In reality, I think it was harder on me than her, they’re such amazing little people!

  6. Ann says:

    Is Margot funny? She just makes me laugh. Even a picture of her that is not necessarily intended to be humorous usually makes me laugh. I love this post.

  7. FinnyKnits says:

    Sounds like exactly the way to go with an incredible kid like that. No bizarre fairy stories, no tantrum-inducing arguments. And big ol’ props to Andy on this one, too – nice going, dad.

    Meanwhile – I’m looking forward to seeing what all people list out as Earth Day To-Dos. I can always use more ideas.

  8. Erin says:

    The picture at the end is PRICELESS!

  9. Jayne says:

    Absolutely adorable! My Ana gave her pacifier to her new cousin because Ana was big enough to hold her and if you are big enough to hold the baby that uses a paci then you are old enough not to use one yourself. However it really is hard on mama too. This was 2 years ago and I still think about it sometimes. :)

  10. Joan says:

    I knew this was going down, but had heard nothing since she told me she was going to throw them away. wow it worked it really worked. That kid is a constant surprise. Good job Papa and Margot Bea. What a big girl!!

  11. Maggie says:

    My youngest was the only one that had to have a binky. She loved that thing. It went with her far too long.
    One day, she lost it and I told her that I forgot to buy one. And then I “forgot” again.
    Then she was on to other things and didn’t care any more.

    I later found the beloved binky and hid it in my jewelry box, next to her hospital bracelet. Shhhh!

  12. Marcy says:

    Love this line: I mean, she’s our first born so, consequently, we have no idea what we are doing or what is coming until we are in it.

    Thanks! I had a long day and this put a smile on my face for my ride home. XO

  13. Jodi says:

    Congrats on the milestone and Happy Earth Week. We are partaking in the challenge too! Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Laura Daniel says:

    Gives me hope! My second son who is only 12 months behind the other has always had a binky and we have been trying to figure out a way to get rid of it. I have been a bit horrified the older he gets, to be honest! Maxi gave his to me at 5 months–must have known another was on the way! Huckle just loves his but it soothes my soul to know a little daddy reasoning may surely have us binky-less by summer! Cheers—

  15. Amy says:

    Oh man, that is hot. Andy is such a great daddy. You are three lucky ladies to have such a guy hanging around.

  16. Kate E says:

    We have been struggling with the idea of just how to help Annie give up the binky…and this story reminds me that Annie, too, is capable of making big choices. The timing never seemed right, but perhaps that was because it was on our watch–and not hers. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Joel says:

    I really enjoyed this story.
    I’m a stay-at-home dad and this story echoed our daughters experience with her ‘binky.’ She loved it and as she neared two my wife was concerned about tackling the binky dilemma. So it was to her delight that she came home from work one day to find our daughter bragging how she threw her binky away because she was a big girl.
    She certainly is a big girl.

  18. Deb says:

    When Elise was…I don’t know 18mths or so I had decided that the pacifier needed to go.I had read or heard how to achieve this. So… while she was standing in the crib getting ready to go to sleep, I showed it to her in my fingers and basically told her that she wasn’t going to need it anymore. I proceeded to break it right in front of her and threw it away. She was excepting of it and that was that. That worked for her…but I love Andy’s way!

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