drawing a blank

Just put Nina down for a nap, the older 2 are at school, and I told myself, “I need to blog.” Sit down, roll up the sleeves (not really), fingers poised above the keyboard. Hmmm…

Did I have something important to say?

I guess not.

Gabe and I watched Becoming Jane last night–his suggestion. He’s always on the lookout for movies he thinks I’ll like, so I’ll actually watch them with him. They’re usually about writers (the last one was about Beatrix Potter). I guess because he knows I’d rather read and write than watch a movie, so he might trick me into watching a movie if it’s about one of those things. Movies about writers are always so depressing though. Bummer.

Nina has a new thing–sucking on her fingers, thumb, hands. She does it all the time. I’m assuming it started because she’s teething, but who knows? She never sucked on any body parts until after her 2nd birthday. Livi never did. Ava started sucking her thumb somewhere around 9 months and stopped when she turned five. I’m so not in the mood for that again.

We were in Target a couple weeks ago, and she had her whole hand in her mouth. Lovely. We had just finished reading Prince Caspian (well, Livi, Ava, and I). “Look! Nina’s sucking her paws!” one of my other children said (can’t remember which one). There’s a bear in the story who sucks his paws when he gets nervous. So, we’ve started saying that to her–“Nina, don’t suck your paws!”

Anyway, yesterday it was her thumb. “Don’t suck your thumb, Nina,” I said. “Sucking thumbs is for babies.” Later on, she was sitting in her high chair, stuck her thumb in her mouth, and grinned. “I love babies!” she said, laughing. She obviously knows how much I don’t want her doing this. (any advice?)

Oooh, it’s snowing!

I’m going to try to get together that list of people we’re going to pray for before the end of the week. If you have anyone to add, please let me know. (friends who are struggling with infertility)

Off I go to be productive! (read a book in my bed with chocolate)

15 thoughts on “drawing a blank

  1. kellycohan

    Eeeewwww, I remember that “Nail Biter” stuff. My sister and I were bad about biting our nails, so we experienced the joy of that. I can only imagine it works for thumb sucking, too.

    Wishing I could have a nap… somewhat frowned upon in the office. 🙂

  2. Anonymous

    We never had a thumb sucker with our 3 children… but the boys were (and are) a challenge to potty train. My 3 year old doesn’t want to grow up and use the potty like a “big boy”. He says he wants to stay a baby…

  3. ladymiss3739

    YAY for naps!  Bon bons and soaps always make me sleepy, too. 

    Do you think it’s one of those things that if you ignore, she’ll lost interest?  Or is it different than that?  Leah never sucked on pacifiers, refused bottles, never sucked on fingers…until after she turned 2.  I tried saying things and she’d just smile at me, suck and drool.  Gross.  I started ignoring it or offering her things she really wanted, but couldn’t do with her hand in her mouth.  Shrug…each kid is so different!  (BTW, same thing worked with the nose picking…thank goodness that’s over)!

  4. shannahhogue

    Oh…one of the friends I told you about for the infertility list just told me yesterday that she’s 9 weeks pregnant. So I guess she can move from that list to a “safe pregnancy” prayer list, instead!

  5. ClutzyButtercup

    I do know that the no nail biting stuff is pretty effective…If you don’t want to go that far yet, you can try either rewarding her for not sucking or taking something away for sucking.  Not very creative.

  6. gtaviano

    Update for the ladies – just checked on Marla and her “reading / chocolate in bed” productivity time. That might have lasted 10 minutes. She’s out cold for a good hour until the older two get home. After “playing mom” yesterday I don’t blame her.

  7. bensmomshelly

    Ah, we had a thumb-sucker here, too, and it drove me crazy.  Can’t count the times I said, “Ben, no thumbs!!”.  We first tried Thum, which works for a lot of kids, but apparently Ben likes spicy foods, so it didn’t phase him (it has Cayenne pepper in it and stuff).  Finally found “Stop the Bite” for nail-biters.  It’s bitter, and it took exactly one application to break him of the habit.  You just paint it on their nails and PRESTO! At least, it worked for us.  Lemme see if I can find it……….we don’t really need it right now, and I could mail it to you if I can find it.

  8. YoYoYoder

    Maybe you should give Nina a jacket or blanket with silkies so she can rub them instead of sucking her thumb. 🙂 I’m not much help with the whole baby security/comfort things since I still struggle with them and I’m 26.

  9. AbiRose

    Hi Marla!!  Just wanted to let you know I just finished ordering all 3 of your books for $25 from  your site, and can’t wait to get them!!!!!  Hope your doing well, and have a great day!

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