Ani discovered her thumb today. She’s been working on it for awhile, loudly sucking on her fist or a couple fingers. Occasionally she would get her thumb in her mouth for a moment or two but couldn’t get it back in once it was out, which was monumentally frustrating for her. So instead she would fuss or cry and mainly want to comfort nurse, which was fine with me. Today, though, she figured it out, getting her thumb in her mouth in just the right way so as to be comforting and not choke herself. Hearing her fussing this morning, but busy with something, it took me a few moments to get in to check on her. By the time I got there she was quiet, peacefully sucking on her thumb. Throughout the day she’s continued to find it and soothe herself with it, sleeping longer than she normally would without it. She does eventually realize that the thumb is not as good as Mama and wakes up to eat, but she’s definitely enjoying this new find.
Thumb-sucking concerns us a bit: What about getting too dependent on it? What about affecting her teeth or messing up her thumb in some way? Well, those are considerations down the line. But for now, it’s a natural source of comfort. Maybe she’ll be hooked on the thumb at 2 1/2 or 3, like her sister is hooked on the paci. We’ll deal with that then. Right now, though, it’s just cute.