There it is, friends...that's the thumb that has been sucked on for seven plus years....we even saw Indy sucking his thumb in utero during an ultrasound before he was even born! But NO MORE! That's right, after a trip to the dentist where they showed Indy the "appliance" they were going to put in his mouth to help him stop sucking his thumb, and told mom it would cost $550 (which was a real bargain since without our insurance it would be $1130), I did what any mom would do in a similar situation....I bribed him. He had two weeks to stop sucking his thumb on his own before the "appliance" was scheduled to go in, and if he could break his in-utero habit, we would have a "thumbs up pizza party" and he would be able to pick out any dragon toy he wanted (up to $30, a considerable savings to mom and dad verses the dental bill!)! Well, two weeks are up, and this amazing guy did it, with lots of prayers from the whole family, sleeping in a winter glove the first little while, and replacing the sucking habit with a new "wiggling" habit! Our soon to be 8 year old still had all his baby teeth save two, and they needed some extra help getting motivated to come out! Notice I said HAD all his baby teeth save two. In the past 2 weeks, he's wiggled out 2 more, with another 2 on the way!
Yesterday was the big "Thumbs up" party day! We ordered "pizza that the man brings", sang our own arrangement of "For He Doesn't Suck His Thumb" (some of you may know it as "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow), and we are now searching for the perfect dragon toy! Great job, Indy boy! We just hope that the new "wiggling" habit doesn't end us up footing the bill for dentures!!