We did it. We took the binkie away from Emma last night. The "Binkie Fairy" wrote her a letter early in the week and explained to her that since she was turning two that she was no longer a baby who needed a binkie. I read the letter over and over to her and we talked about how we were going to tie the binkies on balloons and send them up in the sky to the Binkie Fairy so she could give them to little babies.
Yesterday was her 2 year appointment (she weighed 25.8 lbs and was 35 inches) so I thought that I would wait until evening to take it away in case she needed it to comfort herself after shots (she didn't). Marshall went to the store and got the balloons then we tied them on and went out in the yard. We told the binkies good bye and then watched them float away. Emma kept saying, "bye bye binkies" and "binkies go up in the sky", but she never seemed upset.
After they were out of sight we went back into the house and got baths and dressed for bed. When Emma went in to her room to get dressed she found a thank you note and the present, a stuffed Cinderella doll, that the Binkie Fairy had left her for being such a big girl.
She went to bed without one bit of fussing and Marshall and I were both shocked at how easy she went to sleep without having it in her mouth--she was REALLY attached to it at bedtime. When she woke up this morning she went to the backdoor and said, "binkies went up in the sky" but again seemed fine. Nap time was a little sad today but she didn't ask for it, she just cried and and wanted some extra rocking and singing--after I put her in bed she cried for about 15 minutes before she fell asleep.
This was pretty easy and I am thinking I should have done it months ago! Now if I can just get her potty trained!=)