My reasoning is that when they turn 3 they will be potty trained (hopefully), starting pre-school, probably moving to "big kid" beds. That's a lot. So Why would I also want to argue with them about pacifiers? Their memories and demands are just going to get bigger/louder as they get older. Pacifiers are a bit of a secret shame of mine - they only have them in their cribs so you wouldn't know my kids were pacifier kids. Also, I am very happy that they don't suck their fingers since I did growing up and it is way harder to break.
Feeling good about being proactive and in control of a toddler's destiny (ha, ha), next step was to decide HOW to do it. I reached out to the local MOT club for advice and even got some good advice as to why we shouldn't get rid of them. Good reasons but not enough to overcome the "I don't want to deal with this when they are 3/4" feeling. I immediately dismissed the "binky fairy" because (1) fairies are kind of creepy and (2) I didn't want the kids to freak out in the morning when they were gone and (3) I'd have to get a present ahead of time. My nanny was hugely in favor of tying them to a balloon and releasing them but I was against that for litterbug reasons. Someone suggested "mailing" the pacis to babies and another suggested build-a-bear as a reward. Initially I was going to put the final pacifier in the build-a-bear and then I could remind the kids that the pacifier was close to them. Then I thought - "holy crap, what if they go all crazy at night and try to rip into the bear"? I should also point out that I think build-a-bear is a ridiculous racket and I hate, hate the place but I really couldn't come up with something better and the kids are fascinated by the store when they play at the indoor playspace on rainy days.
I bought a special Mikey Mouse envelope at the post office and for a few days leading up to the event I told Ned and Penny how they were big kids and that it was time to give their pacifiers to babies and that they would get a big boy/girl bear to sleep with instead. Ned seemed okay and didn't really engage me on it. Penny would get all panicky and ask for a "nap" so she could go check on her paci. She was going to be toughest I knew. After all, we let her have her pacifier more during the year of constant doctors visits and hospital stays. Plus she sometimes puts Josephine's pacifier in her mouth (a different type so they can easily distinguish).
Wednesday rolled around and I talked it up, took them for flu shots, ignored their runny noses and decided to plunge ahead, all mother-of-the-year style. When they got up from their naps I brought in the envelop where I had put all the miscellaneous ones and asked them to put their pacis in which they did and then we were off to build-a-bear! Ned could have cared less about building a bear because there were COMPUTER SCREENS AND KEYBOARDS (if I had known that I might have come up with another plan). Penny did okay until it was time to stuff the bear but she quickly recovered and picked out a "doctor bear" outfit. Ned cared so little that I got him a fireman one without much consultation. $64 and 20 mins later we left with these stupid bear houses that we had to manage with 2 toddlers and one infant. I stupidly forgot the camera and to look for coupons online.
Penny cried for 2 hours that night. Ned could have cared less. Husband made a rookie mistake of taking her out of her crib which just prolonged the agony. Eventually I shut off the monitor and they slept until 7 am. Nap on Thursday required about 20 mins to cry and she woke up early but that was because her ear hurt - turns out she has an ear infection (I mentioned mother-of-the year, right?). Twenty mins of crying last night and I'm hopeful that nap/bedtime will be easier today. When I checked on her last night she was hugging a different bear and sound asleep.
Mommy: 1 ; Pacifiers: 0.