Kien started sucking his thumb when he was only a month or two old... as soon as he was able to control his hands, there it went... In his mouth!
He sucked his thumb anywhere and everywhere he went. He even shared the habit with his baby sister for about a week, but since he was so addicted to it, we decided to break her of the habit early and it was actually pretty easy for her!
Sometimes he even sucked both thumbs... at the same time!
Almost all of his pictures had his thumb in it but that was okay with me... That's who he was, and I thought it was adorable.
Papa would always give him a hard time about it and pretended to suck his own thumb or ask if he could suck Kien's thumb... He would just smile under his little fist and think it was funny.
As he got older though, I was a little scared of how we would get him to quit! If we gave him a hard time about it, we would get a grumble and this look! I was starting to worry because he is going to start Kindergarten this year, and I didn't want it to be an issue.
So the other day, I saw these things on amazon.com and thought, you know, this just might work! I was a little swayed by the price. $29.99 for a little pair of gloves that will probably get lost the same day we got them? So I called Kien over and asked him what he thought about the gloves and told him what they were and he was so excited and said, "Please, can I get those?!" He thought they looked like super hero gloves and since he LOVES to dress up in costumes all of the time, these were PERFECT. The best part? It was the first time he didn't give me a dirty or sad look when I mentioned him quitting his thumb habit. He was actually excited about it! He did ask if he could keep sucking his thumb until they got here, and I said yes, wondering if this was actually going to work or not. For $30 I was desperate, since Kindergarten is starting in just a few weeks so I decided to just order them and see what happened. We have been talking for a while now about how when Kindergarten came, he would need to quit his thumb and he would agree, and then later that day he would say, "When I'm in second grade, I will quit my thumb." Hahaha! Sigh.
I think it took 5-10 days or 3-5 days to get here, honestly I almost forgot about it. Then Kaia came out on Saturday morning and said, "Mom! There are some packages in the mail! What are they???"
Then I remembered what was probably in the packages! They were here! Would it work? It was worth a try! Kien had been asking all week when the gloves would come, he was so excited! It was all I could do to keep them from ripping open the package while I ran to get my camera.
I asked Ethan to go grab my phone to take a video... Someday soon I will have my new video camera... someday! Until then, my camera phone will have to do. He told the phone video that he was done sucking his thumb! That way I had a record of it and it made it seem more official.
I told him to suck his thumb one last time... I think he felt awkward knowing he was getting his picture taken.
As soon as he was done, he ripped open the box!
His big brother helped put them on and made sure they were snapped!
Then he got to open the other packages...
A few books to read about thumb sucking for bedtime because he won't go to bed unless I have read at least one story... :)
For some reason, they only had books with girls as the main character... Maybe I should write a book with a boy in it someday!
After he opened the books, he ran inside and got his super hero cape to try on with the new gloves!
He LOVES them and has hardly taken them off since Saturday except to eat, take a bath and go swimming... (Don't worry, they are washable!)
I love how they match his cape!
I think he & I give the gloves a big thumbs up! We are on day four now and he is doing great! Hopefully by school starting, we can only use the gloves at home and for bed until he wants to stop using them.
I asked if I could take his picture, and he posed like this! So grown up looking! I can't believe he is going to start kindergarten soon! Love this boy. He looks so different without his thumb, doesn't he?! In a good way, I guess. So, Here we go! Introducing the new, big kid Kien with no thumb! Wish us luck that he keeps it up, but so far so good! The best thing is that he wants to do it!
(Download above available for purchase from etsy...)
Since school got out, our house has been crazy messy... 4 kids can make a lot of mess running inside and outside all day, tracking dirt all over the house, lots of wet swimsuits from the kids playing in the sprinkler, and a certain 2 year old that likes to change outfits at least 5 times a day leads to a lot of laundry and general extra housework to keep up with! For Mother's Day (well, we really needed them anyway but happened to get them on Mother's Day) we bought a new front loading washer and dryer! I LOVE them! They are energy efficient and non-allergenic which is good for my allergies and Ethan's asthma. We worked really hard to finally get to the bottom of the laundry pile which always seems to be never ending and have done a pretty good job keeping up! I sorted through outgrown clothes and ones to keep on for the younger kids and threw out or saved for the garage sale, other clothing we didn't need. I actually kind of enjoy doing laundry now... even if it is in our dingy old basement for now. Sometimes I have to wait until I have enough colors or dark clothing for a whole load! Say what?! I keep imagining in my head and think of all of the laundry rooms pinned onto my laundry board on pinterest. A girl can dream, right? Someday.
But until "someday" when we actually have a nice big, finished laundry/ mudroom, I will have to deal with the clean laundry piles all over the kitchen counter or on our coffee table and all of the tracking of dirt through the house and the backpacks and shoes that can take over a home when you have four littles running around. Just to keep it real, here is what our house looks like a lot of the time!
So, we had a family meeting a while back and are trying to get more organized with our lives to reach the goals that we have set for ourselves so we can someday afford to and actually finish those home projects that we are dreaming of doing. We desperately need more bedrooms for the kids so we decided that the upstairs renovation will happen first!
I decided to go back to my old job that I had since before we had kids and my husband is working on the weekends for his brother at his mechanic shop in town as well. I will have one day a week off besides the weekends to spend with the kids and have a set time to work on editing. I still plan on doing photography, but mainly only on weekends now. I plan on doing more themed mini sessions, and have a permanent place for my studio in the planning stage right now... I am super excited about that!
We are eating in more often, which I think is even better than eating out most of the time!
It is not always the most relaxing thing to take four kids out to eat, even to a fast food place, let alone a sit down, nicer restaurant. My husband has graciously taken over some of the cooking duties since I get up super early and come home tired most days, which I love because he has turned into an awesome cook since we have gotten our new kitchen! He has made Vietnamese noodles, fried rice, pad thai, salmon, breakfast for dinner, steak tacos and salads, just to name a few! This week he is even making our favorite Vietnamese dish, Pho! Our family enjoys sitting at the table and talking together, although it can get pretty loud at times because everyone is trying to out talk the other with the volume of their voice! Our middle boy often says when we sit down to a meal together, "Let's talk about our day!" I love it and hope that it stays a family tradition!
The kids agreed to help out more around the house since we are working more because we are a family and everyone lives at our house, everyone should help out too to make our days run more smoothly when we are home so we can just relax and be with each other more often when we are together. I decided to come up with a chore chart of sorts. I saw an idea on pinterest and kind of adapted it a bit. I took a bunch of clothespins and wrote with a thin line sharpie different chores that need to be done on a regular basis and put them all in a large mason jar. I then have the kids pick out the number of chores that their age is.
They think it's fun since they get to pick it out themselves. I pick through the chores and put only the ones in the jar that need to be done that day. The bigger kids that can read tell the littler ones what there chores say. Examples of chores are, dishes, trash, recycling, cleaning windows, sweep floor, fold laundry, put away laundry, make beds, wipe table, dry dishes, water plants, feed pets... and then I threw some in like "help siblings" or "help Mom" and also "Give Mom a hug" :)
They love it when they get this one and sometimes I need a hug when we are doing chores because it can still be stressful, and sometimes more work to guide them through the chores than just doing it myself, but then they would never learn how to do it themselves...
Kaia got "Water plants" and was super excited about it.
Ethan usually takes the trash out because he is bigger and stronger than his siblings, but the others take turns with the recycling.
Even the little ones get chores! Nora may only have to do two chores at this age, but she is so proud of herself when she does them! And really, that is the goal. To make them proud of hard work and realize that you have to work hard to reach your goals!
Certain chores are coveted over others, such as washing the dishes, cleaning the windows, and mopping the floor. I think they feel these are grown up type chores, and therefore more fun to do? That is my guess.
After a while chore time will become faster and more efficient I hope... We are still in the learning stages! This little guy was using a LOT of spray, so Ethan showed him how to do it with less so that he didn't make a big mess.
Then he asked his big brother to reach the higher ones that he couldn't get... since he had picked the "help siblings" so it worked out great! ;)
Kaia was so proud that she got to do the dishes! I did all of the glass bowls and sharp items first and let her wash the rest.
They love doing the dishes but sometimes make a water mess, but are getting better about wiping the area down with a dry towel when they are done. I am trying to make them notice the details like that.
When they were all done, this time they got to go to the YMCA to go swimming! They were very excited because sadly it is the first time all summer that I have had time to take them. If they keep it up, I see movie nights and bike rides and swimming in their future... We don't give allowances at this point but reward them with activities and our time instead. (I thought the digital download I bought off of etsy was appropriate for the way they felt when they were done.) You can buy yours here...
Hope your summer is going well! I can't believe how fast it is going by...