I love You, Now Leave

My son doesn’t get sick very often (as much as most little kids his age), in fact we just took him to the doctor and he’s been put on antibiotics for the first time in over a year.  He has an upper respiratory infection so he’s not feeling very well.  Aside from being very resilient, he also is very independent.  When he gets sick it is one of the rare times when he wants his mommy.  We are pretty strict about the kid’s sleeping habits but in this case I told Mason I would lay in his bed with him till he fell asleep.  We did the normal night time routine of brush teeth, night clothes, milk in a sippie and read a book together.  Then I told him the one rule to Mommy sleeping with Mason is he had to lay down and be still and not talk.

Me: (turns off the light and lays down in the bed) OK, Mommy is here and remember the rule?
Mason: (nods his head and sips his milk from his sippie cup.  He reaches over to me and tries to find my hand.  I give him my hand and he wants to hold it while he sips his milk.  This was very sweet to me because he never does things like that).  Mommy, I love you.
Me: I love you too son.
Mason: (Sits up in the bed)
Me: Mason, what’s the rule?
Mason: (lies down) Mommy, I like the stars…
Me: Mason…rule?
Mason: (finishes his milk and hands the cup to me) I’m done.
Me: (I put the cup aside by don’t say anything)
Mason: Mommy?……Mommy?…..Mommy?….
Me: Mason, I told you the rule.
Mason: But Mommy….I’m tired.
Me: Then you have to lay down and be still and go to sleep.  That’s why I told you the rule.
Mason: But Mommy…I am tired and I want to go to sleep now.  You have to leave.
Me: Oh, LOL, you can’t sleep while I’m here?  You want me to go now?
Mason: Yes, I want to sleep, you go.

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