July 31, 2008

thumb sucker... no more!!!

kaden has been sucking his thumb since he was about 3 months old. at the same time getting attached to his thumb, he also become obsessed with tags. he would suck his thumb and rub the "tag" under his nose anytime he was upset or tired. the first tag he had was a blue bunny then i made a couple of "taggys" for him - material sown together with soft ribbon all around. he eventually lost all of those and his tags then were out of his underware (clean, of courese!), shirts, my slips, whatever he could find that was the soft feel and not "crusty." he was very picky about his tags.

he is starting pre-k in just a few short weeks and turning 5 in september, so we told him a process was going to begin after we got back from the nationals trip with the youth the first week in august. we have been warning him because he knew this was going to be a HUGE deal for him to give it up.

little did we know... while down in texas and on the last night we were there something AMAZING would happen! i was driving with brock, kaden and trinity and caught only bits and pieces of their conversation. trinity was telling kaden that becuase he sucked his thumb his teeth would stick out and that he was going to have to get braces. he was very upset! over the next couple of days he would remind me of what his cousin had told him and i would say she is right. and he would say, "but i need my thumb" and "i miss my thumb."

well, its been 2 weeks and he was not sucked his thumb. i have caught him out of habit at night, but nothing during the day. the cute and funny thing is when he will see somthing silky he will just rub it all over his face, but there is no thumbing sucking.

we have a chart on the fridge and for every day of no sucking he gets a star. on day 7 he got a milkshake and on day 21 he will get a BIG toy. i know he is going to make it. i am very proud of kaden and so thankful for trinity!!!

kaden at 6 months old...


the blue bunny / the first tag...



trinity... thank you for making our job ALOT easier... we owe you! we love you!

5 comments:

Sherri said...

We are soooo proud of Kaden! I honestly have no idea where Trinity even heard that (about the teeth sticking out and having to get braces!) but hey, whatever works!! :)
We miss ya'll!

Jennifer said...

What a big boy!

Pops said...

Thank God for cousins! The pictures are great...LYT!

Summer said...

nice! tell me how to get rid of the pacifier at night for sleepy-time! :)

Hazel said...

good job kaden and trinity!!!