The last couple of weeks we have been having sleeping issues. He says he is scared to be along and wants to be right next to us. This happens no matter where we are in the house. If it's just Grady and I at home and I need to run to the basement to start a load of laundry he will NOT stay upstairs by himself. He's right behind me and he makes sure that he can always see me. When this first happened I thought nothing of it. I thought he was just pulling our leg and trying to sleep in our bed for the night. When I made him lay down in his bed once I walked out the store he came barreling out behind him screaming a scream I have never heard from him before. A terrified, don't leave me mom, scream....one that breaks a mommy's heart. The first few days our nighttime routine of trying to get him to bed was BRUTAL. An hour and a half later and all of us losing our patience we finally gave in. We've tried books and talking to him about what he is scared of; we have cut back TV and iPad time and we have really monitored what he is watching. I've read several articles about how this is very common in four year old. So tonight we are going to try another approach and hope that it will work.
Last night Grady was in our bed and was all over place and coughed most of the night; I was also have an arthritis flare up. So I wasn't able to take him to daycare this morning. After Jesse left we headed back upstairs to lay down for a while. I dozed off while he watch some TV and next thing I know he's giving me hugs and kissing me on the forehead. It was the sweetest thing ever...melted my heart. He told me that he misses his Mee-maw a lot and that he is already a big brother to Mason. I'm sad that we have to talk to him about heaven so much but I'm glad he believes there is a heaven and that we will see my mom, grandparents, and Mason again one day.
He's going to start soccer this Saturday at the Y and I'm excited for him to get some exercise. We've also been talking about signing him up for t-ball. Just not sure on the price and if the times are going to work for us. He will also do a couple sessions of swimming lessons this summer as well...he's already excited for those to start. Keeping this child busy and active is so easy in the Spring/Summer/Fall but winter is just no fun.
He's still having a hard time adjusting to my dad not being right down the street. But hopefully with some more time it will help him. He's excited to be a big brother and can't wait to teach him to do things, especially ride a 4-wheeler. Our house is going to be so busy with two little boys but my heart will be full.