Thursday, November 03, 2005
My dear son has sucked his thumb...forever. Probably started in the womb. His thumb has been his reassurance and comfort for the last 4 1/2 years. Just over 5 months ago we made a deal with him that if he did NOT suck his thumb for a WHOLE day we would take him to Chuck E. Cheese. I had my doubts that this day would ever come...at times I think I even dreaded the whole process. Thoughts of painting fingernails with bitter solutions...didn't sound fun. Good news is...it didn't play out that way. A couple of weeks ago he realized that his 6 month check-up for the dentist was coming soon. The dentist had talked to him about thumb sucking last time and had challenged him to stop. So he started thinking about it...even mentioned to his aunt that he was going to stop. Last Monday his thumb morphed! It was disgusting, peeling and red. Tuesday it was dry and lightly bleeding so we put a bandaid on it. Wednesday night he realized he went the whole day without sucking his thumb and said to me "you know what this means?...Chuck E. Cheese!" Friday night we went and made good on our promise...we had a blast. It was the NO MORE SUCKING MY THUMB CELEBRATION! I asked him how he was able to do it and his response blew me away..."God helped me" "did you ask God to help you?" "YES!" So this process that I had dreaded...he had handed over to God...trusting that He would help him and guide him. HOW COOL IS THAT! He still isn't sucking his thumb...and God is good..I believe his thumb morphing was God's way of weaning him. Afterall he did ask for his help.