The habit that used to define our daughter . . . is gone! It's been over a month now and she hasn't had her fingers in her mouth - not even once. And it happened just like that - she quit cold turkey. One day she was sucking her fingers and the next day she wasn't.
The dentist will probably be happy but let me tell you, it was a little brutal at first around here. Samara is the kind of girl that can wake up a few times at night (and other nights we don't hear her at all). But she was in the habit of putting her fingers in her mouth and putting herself back to sleep. It was great. But once the self-soothing was gone, we would have to go into her room to get her back to sleep. It was a rough couple of weeks but it's getting easier now. She's starting to put herself back to sleep without the fingers. And I think we're starting to get used to the new look - you know, the one without the fingers attached to the face.
I don't know what the reason is. We tried to figure it out - sore throat, bad taste on her fingers, sore in her mouth, on her tongue etc, etc. etc. And we actually thought the habit would come back after the issue was resolved (ie: healed sore throat). But that doesn't seem to be the case. I guess the good thing is that we won't have to try to break her of it when she gets a little older.