No, not a baby. That sweet boy is my third. Look closer at the pictures… A thumb sucker! I have never had a thumb sucker before! My first baby pulled on his ears like crazy, so much so I took him to the doctor several times thinking he had an ear infection. Finally I wised up, listened to my mommy instinct and realized he simply pulled on his ears when he was tired. And now, almost 9 years later that same sweet boy has never had an ear infection, must of been the breast milk, but I digress…. My middle child did not have a quirk per se, she simply wanted to sleep in her own bed. From day one. For 5+ hours at a glorious time!
So, now that Liam has discovered his thumb, his new comfort has become our entertainment. (Wow! I need to get out more!) It is the cutest thing, to watch him figure out how to get his thumb into his mouth. It takes him a bit, but eventually we hear the loud SLURP, SLURP of accomplishment. I took this picture the other day, because as you can tell, he has not quite figured out where to place the rest of his fingers.
Along with his new habit, I now have a list of new “fears”:
- Will he suck his thumb until high school?
- Will the thumb sucking cause his teeth protrude?
- Is he hungry again???? Or just wanting that comfort???
- How does one exactly take away the thumb? (Ha!)
Oh well, I am sure those fears will be replaced by others soon. That is the way mommyhood goes. Until then I will keep watching him work to get his thumb in his mouth and celebrate his accomplishment once he does, knowing this stage goes by so fast.