Getting to know Dr. Thumb

You know all those pesky little “recommended products” that pop up on Amazon.com?  (I try very hard to shop locally, but there are somethings that you just can’t buy here in Worthington.)  A few weeks ago, this little device to help a child quit sucking her thumb appeared and so I checked it out.  For $31.99, I thought I’d give it a whirl.

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Dr. Thumb on Amazon for $31.99. I ordered the small size which is for kids up to 3 years old.

Joe’s first reaction was that it seemed a bit mean.  I reminded him how beautiful it would be to see our little girl’s face all the time and to actually have a photo of her smiling.  I must have been convincing because he is the one who actually put it on Ava for the first time.  Her reaction?  To our surprise, she didn’t care at all.

She just picked up her sippy cup, using only her right hand.  The ‘device’s was on her left hand and she just decided that hand wasn’t very useful any more.  Really weird, when considering she was used to sucking her thumb for a good share of the day.

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Ava sleeping with her Dr. Thumb on.

The company “Dr. Thumb” advises to keep it on for 2 weeks straight for a 92% success rate.

Here’s our experience:  We kept it on 24 hours a day (well, sometimes she wriggled her thumb out at night) for 5 days.  When we went to church on Sunday, we took it off.  Throughout that morning, whenever we would see her bring her hand up, we’d remind her and praise her for keeping her thumb out.  Since then, we just put it on for naps and overnight, and she NEVER puts her thumb in anymore.  No reminders.  No pestering.  Nothing.  She has nearly kicked the habit.

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I am hopeful this is the last photo I will ever take with Ava sucking her thumb!

She still wishes she had her thumb at night as she tries to fall asleep and continues to wriggle it out every now and then.  She takes advantage of that ‘secretive time’ and when she comes out of her room her thumb looks like a wrinkled potato that was forgotten in the back of the pantry.  I’m okay with that.  I just love to see her play with both hands during the day so that is worth it in itself.  The other huge plus is that she talks way more.  Without her thumb in, she interacts much more when we read books and really, all day long as we go about our tasks.  So I consider it a success!

 

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Pizza Hotdish Recipe

A few years back, I found a recipe for Pizza Hotdish in our local paper.  Of course, that title sounds like perhaps the only way to get kids excited about a hotdish!  (I just want you to know that WordPress is not currently accepting hotdish as a word.  It really is.)  I have made some changes and we just love this recipe.  So comforting on a cold night with the family, but it also works well for a meal in the field as well.  Freezes well, too.

Pizza Hotdish

2 pounds ground beef

1 small onion, chopped (extra fine if you want to hide it from your kids)

1/2 t. oregano

1/2 t. pepper

12 oz.  package egg noodles

1 can black olives (could be left out, or substituted with mushrooms)

Preheat oven to 350.  Brown ground beef with onions.  Boil noodles.  Put everything in a 9×13 pan.

Then mix the following and pour on top:

1 jar spaghetti sauce (I love Ragu Garden Vegetable)

1 jar pizza sauce

1 c. milk

Lastly, top with

1 c. pepperoni

8 oz. mozzarella cheese

Bake covered with foil for 60 minutes, then uncover and let bake until browned on top, about 15 minutes.