She has so grown! The surgery has really matured her fast. Seriously, going through something like this certainly would.
For those of you who really know J, you know she has had this "love-y" kitten since she was like 2 yrs old. It is a TY beany cat that her Aunt Beth back home gave her. Well, it isn't the "original". She had one, called Spice that was given when she was younger than 2. Within a few yrs had worn it to a frazzle, so we found her a new one exactly like it, which she named "New Spice".
Well, New Spice has been with us for yrs. She has been left at stores and recovered by caring workers, lost and found numerous times, etc...etc.
I think I had taken the paci away from J at 2 yrs...a little too early for her because she went to the Thumb and New Spice for comfort instead. She has been a thumb sucker ever since!
It has always been New Spice and Thumb. When she was tired and ready for bed, she had to have both! Since I took the paci away too soon for her, I decided I would allow her to have these at bedtime, and not make an issue. (Occasionally she would sneak in the afternoon when she was sleepy) Also, she seemed to cling to it more the closer her surgery time drew near. (When I would talk to her about giving it up, she would remind me that Mandisa sucked her thumb until age 24yrs)
Here are photos taken before her surgery:
This was taken a few days before her surgery. If you look close, you can see New Spice's ear poking out. lol!
Bubb never used a paci or sucked his thumb. However, he does have a baby blanket that he still likes. A baby blanket from Gymboree; A gift from his Aunt K when he was born. I'll post about that on another day. :)
J has put New Spice and her Thumb to rest on her own. After her surgery she didn't want either; Never asked for it them once and never put her thumb in her mouth since!