Thank you to my dear friend, Tabitha, for this idea. It was a lot of fun and has been so helpful over the last 2 days as Little Sir continues his adjustment.
He wasn't sure about the floppy, lifeless puppy we handed him after he had chosen a fluffy fun doggie, but trusted us as we assured him that we were going to "build" him.
Getting ready, this is a big step and he knows it.
Fill 'im up!
In goes the Mimi! (Oh that face!)
He very carefully followed the lady's instructions on how to prepare the doggy's heart.
Blurry photo, but he was so happy to have brought his puppy to life.
He gave Mimi Doggy a very thorough air bath.
And he chose a bandanna in his favorite color to tie around his neck. Daddy helped him.
Lastly Mimi Doggy got a birth certificate.
We had one very happy little boy on our hands.
We also took him to have a special dinner and Mimi Doggy was his constant companion.
It has now been 2 full days without the Mimi. He did have a little bit of trouble getting to sleep the first two nights. Tonight he was able to get to sleep with almost no trouble. There has been very little crying throughout the entire week. Even though I know it was a difficult week for him, I think doing all of these fun things made the transition for him a lot easier.
Saturday he found a long lost Binky in the garage. He didn't put it in his mouth, he brought it to me and showed me (with much excitement.) I told he that he didn't use Mimies anymore and that he could either throw it in the garbage or give it to the Lion Baby. He accepted that without trouble, said he wanted to give it to the Lion Baby and since Little Lion was sleeping he gave it to me to wash off and give to him later.
He loves Mimi Doggy very much except for when he is struggling and asks for his Mimi, then we give him his doggy and remind him that his Mimi is inside the doggy now. He will then throw the Mimi Doggy to the floor in frustration. It is a good outlet for him and it is a good way for the Duke and I to be consistent in helping him through those difficult moments. It isn't long before he is picking Mimi Doggy up and hugging him tight.
The Great Binky Give Up was a great success. It was still hard, but it made a week that could have been horrible and instead turned it into a fun and memorable experience.