Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Three cheers for Ella!

Anyone that knows Ella, knows that she has loved sucking her left index finger since she was a baby. She didn't do it constantly, just when she was tired or bored. She has sucked it so much though that her finger is actually has a callous from it. I hoped it would stop on its own by the time she was 4, but the past few months it actually became worse and I was getting worried. Both her pediatrician and dentist talked to her about stopping so that it wouldn't affect her teeth in the future. I mainly wanted her to stop because its a bad habit, it seemed that she was picking up every germ in the world this year, and also because her finger was becoming deformed. So, to try and solve this problem, Ella and I talked about it, we made a prize chart together, I had her wear a glove on that hand for a couple of days, night and day, and ta da! She is finger sucking free! She has gone 3 weeks without that finger in her mouth. I owe it to the glove idea that I found on the internet(what would I do without the net?) She didn't want to suck on the glove and once she went a couple of days without being able to suck her finger, she was cured! We are soooooo proud of her! It was hard for her. She had gotten so used to it and dependent on it for comfort. But she did it! Her pediatrician told her that when she stopped sucking her finger she could come to the office for a special prize. Here she is with her prize cup! It had a sticker, jewelry, magic wand, lollipop, and a hair accessory-we love this doctor and her nurse so much! Rosa, the nurse, gave her the prize today and told her how proud they all were of her and really made her feel good:) Shout out to Dr. Frank and nurse Rosa at Pediatric Healthcare Associates!
Her prize from mommy & daddy was a new blue hippo Webkinz. She loves him and is currently trying to think of a name for him. I told her she should name him Hippie... she didn't go for it.

Yea Ella! We love you!

14 comments:

Emily Loria said...

AWESOME! The glove idea is great, glad you could help her to quit!

Olive Lucy said...

holly please read this to ella if she needs help.

Ella- you are so great! i am glad that you and already proven what a great example you can be for cali and what a brave little toaster you can be for you! tell daddy and mommy if they don't remember the brave little toaster movie that they can find it on DVD. we love you, Auntie crissie, Uncle watson, lucy and poppyseed.

-Melissa- said...

Way to go Ella!! Sucking fingers can be such a hard habit to break. You are one sweet girl!

Jan said...

Yay for Ella! She's a smarty -- I'm proud of her!

cyndi/mom/nana said...

Yeah, for Ella we are happy for you and getting prizes is always so much fun. Woo Hoo you did it. love nana and tata

Tara D said...

Way to go, Girlfriend!!!

RD said...

Yea Ella! We knew you could do it. We're very proud of you cutie-pie.

Grandpa and grandma

Lynell said...

Wow! Way to go Ella. Some habbits are so hard to break. (I am still trying to quit biting my nails gosh darn it)

What a beautiful girl. I must say she looks like a perfect mix of you and your husband!

Lynell said...

Cute webkins. We happen to love them too. Maybe you could name it Happy! Ü

100 Percent Cottam said...

yay ella! mason sucks his index finger too. he has a callus. great tip with the glove. i'll let it go a while longer, but i'll remember that...

Mindi said...

wow, impressive--if now you could only come out to utah to potty train my almost 3 year old.

please please please??

Mindi said...

and p.s.--YAY FOR ELLA! what a doll

Hacking it up said...

Right on Ella!!! Good form!!

Tiburon said...

Hooray for Ella!! On a side note: What do you think of those Webkinz? I was thinking of getting one for Avery as a reward - what age do you think they are good for?

Thanks!