Thursday, May 28, 2009

Photostory Friday: Giving up Bunny

Livi is a thumb sucker. She has always been a thumb sucker. I think I even have a sonogram of her sucking her thumb. Trust me, I tried to get her to take a "binky"....but no, she has always wanted her thumb. Along with the thumb, she wants her bunny. My brother calls her a "secret sucker". She holds one ear of her bunny in her thumb sucking had, while rubbing the other ear with her other hand. Over the years she has rubbed a hole in that ear.

One year went by then another....

Six days before her second birthday, her Daddy deployed for 15 months. This shot appearred in the Austin paper. It was also one of my first blog entries: Stuff Portrait Friday: Freedom. Probably not the best time to try to take the bunny to stop the thumb sucking....(the only time she sucks is when she has the bunny.)

Fifteen months later in Dec '07, Bunny is the one thing she wanted to bring to the welcome home ceremony. She was worried her Daddy forgot Bunny. Again, not a good time to take Bunny away.

That summer we moved......remember the chaos of that summer:
Went to the beach '08 for a week
We SOLD a house.
Lived in Oklahoma for almost a month....most of it without Husband
Lived in Ohio for three weeks
Bought a house in KY and painted every square inch of it

By now Livi is three and a half years old. She still has Bunny

Last night, on her own free will, she announced she was ready to give up Bunny. We have had a tiny gold ring in a princess Limoge box. We promised her when she was ready to put Bunny away for good, she could have the princess box and the ring. Going to sleep was a bit rough, there were a few tears., but she did it. All by herself! First thing this morning...Thursday, May 28, 2009, she earned that golden ring!

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Chris said...

Woohoo! It's so great when they do it on their own! We did the same thing with pacifiers.

Corey~living and loving said...

so did she not suck her thumb since bunny wasn't there?????

I don't know why...but it makes me sad. I think I'm just a big baby and think kids deserve to have a lovey as long as they want. BUT...I know thumb sucking is a different issue.

I hope she finds the ring satisfying. :) I really do.

Desert Diva said...

I think Livi made a great decision on her own to stop sucking her thumb. She's so adorable (as is Will).

She's turning into such a beautiful young lady and I'm sure that she realizes that a Princess doesn't suck her thumb! Go Livi!

Your family is just so picture-perfect and precious!

Mary Alice said...

That is a big decision to make. A hard thing to Middle Child was a devoted thumb sucker too. Congrats on earning her ring.

Janet said...

Oh, Tommie, that was a beautiful story! Congrats to Livi on her accomplishment :-)

kayerj said...

best story of the day! Here’s my photo story happy Friday!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Congrats to her and her decision!

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Oh wow that is AWESOME for Livi, I SO DREAD this phase already! I can't even begin to imagine giving up 'blankie' on our end. Isn't it funny how just like that the chapter ended? Kids!

Brandt! said...

go Livi! What a big girl! It is awesome when they decide on their own. Noah gathered all his pacifiers and put them in a box and we mailed it to his aunt in Amsterdam. Unfortunately Alet was forced to do the same thing at age 1!!! I can't believe how grown she is becoming!!

amariaf2000 said...

That is wonderful! Adorable pictures to boot!! :-)
~angela @ peonypatch

Joanna said...

Okay I think I'm going to cry. Sniff

just jamie said...

Wow. Giving up Bunny? Were YOU ready for that? Because when mine gives up "Blankie and Bear Bear," I'll lose it.

LOVE the collage!

tavolini said...

Good for Livi! Those pictures are so cute--I really, really love the first one.