A year ago Brody began sleeping in his current “big boy” bed in anticipation of Cash coming, who would be taking the crib. Since then, Brody has not slept one single full night through. Lindsay had it the roughest, she was always the one to take him back to bed and comfort him, it wasn’t that I didn’t want to, he just wanted his Mommy and she was happy to do it. This is the same child that slept at least 12 hours every night for the first 18 months of his life.
Fortunately about 3 months ago I decided to start helping the situation by putting Brody to bed even though he was kicking and screaming for Mommy and he eventually did ok with it. It was not easy though. I am glad we did that and of course God was preparing us for this situation, so the transition now has been much easier than it would have been.
Last night Brody fell asleep on the couch about 8p which is highly unusual in itself. He has never done that and always has put up a quick fight before bed, but last night was different. He was just ready for bed. At 10:30p when I was about ready to go to bed he woke up and was crying “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy”, not frantic, but you could hear in his voice he just wanted her. That was the first night this had occurred. He has asked for her and cried for her, but this was the first “late night” cry for her. I met him at his door, picked him up and gently laid him in his bed. As I do every night, I whispered to him “Mommy loves you, Daddy loves you, and God loves you”. He went right back to sleep.
Since he is such an early riser, I never set an alarm clock because I have a human alarm clock. This morning was different. I heard his door slam, then about 20 seconds later I heard my door knob turn and entered Brody. All normal except for the fact it was 8a.
The first time he cries for Mommy in bed and the first 12 hour night in a year. Thank you Lindsay and thank you God for once again showing us how our “little blessings” are closer to you than we know.
Here is a video I recorded on my phone from an audio/video monitor of Lindsay reading a bedtime story to Brody in November last year…