If you are friends with me on Facebook, you might have seen this cute little picture I posted yesterday:
G has sucked his thumb before, off and on, but was definitely not in a committed relationship with the appendage. He did however, have quite the infatuation with his big green pacifier. However, yesterday morning I think some voice in his little head was whispering Hey kid, why would you want a dummy (what they call pacifiers in the UK, which I think is hilarious) when you could have the real thing, the good stuff?
Um, yeah. Mommy, admittedly, thought this was precious- yesterday. All day long, he sucked, sucked, sucked- I even had to pry that thumb out of his mouth to eat! He made the sweetest little slurping noises as he sucked and lulled himself to sleep. Precious- but again, yesterday.
Yesterday passed. G woke this morning (after sleeping through the night for the third night in a row- I just had to add that in!) still suck, suck, sucking away. Precious. By 7 this morning, he was absolutely refusing the dummy (can I call it that forever now?) but wasn’t always defaulting to the thumb when he got upset. Hmm.
We went to visit friends this morning. By the time we got to their house, about 20 minutes from ours, G was in hysterics. I took him in and couldn’t calm him down. He wouldn’t take his dummy and I think he was too upset to remember about his thumb. Finally, I made him a bottle, and that pacified him for a little while. The next few hours, we played, chatted and G actually took the dummy for a few minutes and fell asleep. But by the time we left, the hysterics had started again. Thankfully, once we got in the car, the thumb had made its triumphant return to his mouth and he slurp, slurp, slurped all the way home (by the way, try to type “slurp” 3 times really fast- did you have as much trouble as I did?).
So, what do I think about this new relationship between my son and his thumb? Not sure. I mean, a positive is the thumb is attached, so no more digging under his armpits at stoplights to find the dumb dummy in his carseat could be nice. But then there’s the matter of him quitting in a few years. I doubt it would be very easy for smokers to quit smoking if their cigarettes were actually attached to their fingers. Yeah, I know, totally not the same thing- but you know what I mean.
But I guess it doesn’t matter what I think because G’s going to suck his thumb or not suck his thumb regardless of my opinion. I just wish he’d pick one- the thumb or the dummy- and quit stringing the other along!