On our flight to Disneyland, Landon leaned over with tears in his eyes and said "Mom, sometimes I feel like I'm the only kid my age who still sucks his thumb". I talked with him about it - pros and cons of continuing to have a blankie and suck his thumb. At the end of our conversation he said "Yeah...I think I just need to be done. Will you put my blankie in the suitcase please?". I put it away and he hasn't used it since! Even in our hotel room I would ask him if he wanted it (since it was a strange bed) and he would just say "No, I'm ok. Thanks". It was as simple as that! Cold turkey! He hasn't sucked his thumb since either. He did say to me "Mom, sucking your thumb is just like smoking cigarettes. If you suck it a lot, it only makes you want to suck it more". Seriously!? I was so proud of him for just stopping, even though it must have been hard for him at first!
When we got home, I told him that I could use his blankie to make something cool that he could have forever - a way to remember it, since it has always been so special to him. He asked if I could make it into a pillow for him, so I made this pillow cover (so it can still be washed). He sleeps with it in his bed and loves it! I'm so glad he's done with thumb sucking - he doesn't even have a rough spot on his thumb anymore. Here's to growing up!