Thumb sucking

I know one day, probably not too long from now, I am going to have to put an end to Lola Gray’s thumb sucking. Or at least try my best. It has already moved her teeth, and I am tired of telling her to take her thumb out of her mouth so I can understand what she is saying, or so I can see her face, or because her hands are filthy. I know the day is coming . . .

But I love the thumb sucking. Tonight I snuggled in bed with her a bit after stories. (A side effect of the new big girl bed is that she wants me to sleep with her every night now. I secretly love it.) She was exhausted from playing on the beach and not taking a nap. It was only a matter of minutes before I knew she was asleep by the change in her thumb sucking pattern. As she starts to fall asleep, she gets really noisy and rhythmic with her sucking – 3 or 4 really slurpy sucks, then a pause. The pauses get gradually longer, and as she falls deeper into sleep her thumb starts to slip from her mouth. Just as the very tip of her thumb is about to slip off her bottom lip, she sucks it back in again. It is crazy cute. I sat in bed and watched her for a long time tonight. She is growing up so fast, and is such a big girl in so many ways. But she is still my sweet baby.


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