I started preparing this post ages ago so the photos below are getting on a bit, but the one above is from this week. Dulcie is a thumb sucker. She has been for ages. When she was very tiny, it took her a lot of manoeuvering and arm waving before she would get lucky and get her thumb (always the left one) in there. Nowadays she just shoves it straight in there at any given opportunity. Cuddling her monkey while she sucks is a new thing though.
It's such a cute habit (for now - maybe not when she's still doing it at the age of 16!) and was a total lifesaver when it came to sleeping in the earlyish days. Until Dulcie discovered her thumb, she couldn't settle herself at all, but now when she wakes up in the night we just hear, "Sook, sook, sook," and she's straight back off to sleep.
Dulcie usually shoves her thumb in her mouth the moment she has finished feeding, a bit like an old man having a pipe after dinner. One of her favourite things to do is to be held up on somebody's right shoulder with her left thumb in her mouth and her right arm around their neck, holding onto their hair if it's long enough. She is such a cuddly baby and I'm glad about that.