Anya doesn't suck her thumb anymore (unless it's in the middle of the night, when no one (including her) is awake to see it or notice. Or maybe at day care. I'm not there to know). When she gets upset, she will put some fingers in her mouth, but for the most part, that behavior has been eliminated. But you know what they say about addicts replacing their habits?
Me neither, but it's something having to do with replacing one addiction with another.
Anya started twirling her hair instead. Like so. It leaves cute little curls on the sides and I kinda liked it. But it also tangled up her hair when the twirling got too intense. We warned her about it and everyday when I brushed her hair I reminded her about the tangles she created. I warned her she'd get her finger stuck. And she didn't believe me.
Will she ever learn?
Sunday night while driving home from Rob's mom's house, she started wailing. She was crying so hard Ally had to tell us why. Her finger was stuck in her hair. The tip was turning purplish and it hurt. We stopped. I couldn't get it loose, so we had to cut a bit off. She was terrified.
I mentioned it to her day care teacher monday morning, so they could remind her of what had happened if she started twirling again.
And Monday afternoon I saw her twirling it.
She'll never learn.