“My Milky Bubba”

We try to give Ellie milk in a bottle twice a day at most and this has been scheduled – determined by her – after breakfast and at 4:30 snack.  The rest of the day her bottle contains water or a slight mix of water and juice.  Her bottle – “Bubba” – is her best friend and she is always happier and easier to deal with when she has a bottle in hand.  So, now that she is approaching 3 and new baby is now an older baby, we are encouraging Ellie to forgo the bottle for a sippy cup or even a plain cup.  Obviously, if you can see where this is going, Matt and I use the bottle as a bribe such as: if you get in the car you will get a bubba, if you eat all your dinner you can have a bubba, if you get in the stroller now you can have a bubba.  It works well, especially if we throw the word “Milky” in front of bubba.  To be clear, we were asked by both her doctor and dentist to limit the milk, especially around sleep times, and to get rid of the bottle entirely as she is “too old for it.”  Matt and I try to be on track with this and agree with the doctors.  However, Ellie’s agenda is a little different and here’s how it played out:

Ellie whispered in my ear, “Can you get me a secret milky?”

Me: “A secret milky?  Let me guess who gives you those?”

Ellie: “But you can’t get mad cause they’re secret.  Just Grandpa Terry gives them to me but you can too, Mommy.”

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