Wednesday, April 23, 2008

My little buddy...


When Tucker was born right away I started taking naps and to this day I have not stopped. Yep LAAAAAAAZZZZZY! The thing is that I started taking them with my little man and still do. I love my memories of falling asleep in the rocking chair with Tucker and waking up with him. Or falling asleep in bed and waking up with two big eyeballs staring right into my face. No...not Beau's...they were Tucker's. hehe.

When we moved here to Iowa Tucker had to start sleeping in a big boy bed. For the first few months it was okay because I would lay with him until he fell asleep. Sometimes it would take 2 hrs for him to fall asleep. I don't know about all of you but I need my alone time at night. So I started trying to leave before he was asleep. What an ordeal. The poor little guy wouldn't stay in bed and he was always crying. Both Beau and I didn't have a clue as to what we were supposed to do. We needed Tucker to get into the habit of going to bed alone. SO oneday I spoke with some neighbors and they gave me a few ideas. One of the ideas I tried was putting a night light in the room and shutting the door and just sitting there until he went to sleep. Well that is what I did and it BROKE my heart! I hated it. He would cry and stick his hand under the door. I HATED HATED HATED HATED HATED IT! One night he fell asleep with his hand underneath the door...and I know I'm smiling in the picture but it broke my heart to see it. Finally after a week he got used to it and would just fall asleep in bed. NOW...he stays up until about 12 every night just reading or exploring in mom and dads room and sometimes getting into things he shouldn't. Oh yes and he has to have ALLL of the lights on upstairs. He is alot like me in that way. I can't go to sleep alone in the dark. If Beau isn't with me then I make Tucker and Tilly sleep with me and if they are already asleep and I'm at my mom's then I make my mom sleep with me. So I totally understand Tucker's fear of the dark.

There is a not so fabulous memory that I have that didn't happen that long ago actually. I believe it was around 2 in the morning and Beau and I woke up to a terrifying scream. It wasn't just one scream...it was over and over and over. I ran into his room and foud him sitting in bed with his eyes as big as ever and a terrified look on his face. He was so afraid of something and I couldn't do anything. I went up to him and of course like any parent I tried to make him see that it was me. He just sat there crying and screaming...and did I mention shaking like a leaf. I took him in my arms and ran downstairs with him turning all the lights on. I was sitting on the couch trying to calm him down and Beau started to walk down the stairs. Tucker saw this and his eyes got big again and he was hysterical! His grip on my arms was tighter than it has ever been and his little skinny body was shaking so much. The closer Beau got the louder and more hysterical he got. Obviously my son was having a Night Terror. Beau tried to give him a blessing to calm him. My poor little baby I was on the verge of tears because he was in such terrified state and I couldn't help. All of the sudden a thought or a prompting came to me to sing "I Am A Child of God". Beau and I sing that song and "I Have a Family Here on Earth" to the kids every night. I thought how silly but I did it anyway. The moment I started to sing the song Tucker stopped crying. His eyes were still on Beau but he started to calm down. He stopped shaking and started to go back to sleep. We finally after about a half hour got him to sleep again. He woke up two more times that night crying but the moment we started to sing he went back to sleep. I sure do love this little guy! He is so precious to me and Beau.

6 comments:

hayleyharts said...

oh! little fingers under the door..that breaks my heart! I know the whole bed thing is a nightmare! I love your idea of blogging about each person in your family...

Rachel said...

The fingers under the door is hilarious. Seriously can't stop laughing after seeing it!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! He did not fall asleep with those little fingers under the door! That would break my heart too.

Chereebee said...

oh what a sweet boy he is! The fingers under the door is so dang sad! And I can't believe he stays up until midnight - silly boy!!!!

Cox Famn Damily said...

No wonder you are so tired every day...I would die if Jimmy stayed up till midnight every night. Truly die. I love the fingers though...how cute.

The O'Briens said...

What sweet posts about Tucker. He is so cute. He really is such a sweet boy. I'm home now! We need to workout!