My son recently stayed with his grandmother for a sleepover. He just turned four years old and he’s at the age now where he will tattle on you if you are not careful!
Me: (I was putting Mason to bed.) Do you want your ceiling fan on tonight? (It’s a rhetorical question because he ALWAYS sleeps with the fan on.)
Mason: Yes. Mommy, when I stayed at Nana’s house, she forgot to turn the fan on!
Me: Oh she did? Did you ask her to turn it on?
Mason: Yeah, but she didn’t hear me. I called and called to her but she did not come. She put a chair by the bed so I could climb down. So I climbed down and I called and called for her. So then I pulled the chair to the wall and climbed up. I turned on the fan and had to pull the chair back, and then I had to climb back up on the bed and get back under the covers! It was exhausting!
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…
Mason: (finishes his milk and hands the cup to me) I’m done.
Me: (I put the cup aside by don’t say anything)
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.
Recently some family members invited us to go on a boat ride with them and see some fireworks. Since the fireworks were included, it was a bit late for us to take our daughter (1 year old) so we left her with the sitter and got to have some close time with just Mason (3.5 years). The boat we rode was located at the end of a very long boat dock. On the way out that night as we passed all the boats after the sun had gone down, Mason announced for everyone:
Boats are nocturnal just like bats are!
Well, in this case, I guess they are. LOL
My son Mason (3.5 years) and my daughter Brie (1 year) were riding in the car with my husband and I.
Mason reaches for a toy Brie was holding and she starts crying.
Marc: No, she’s playing with it right now. When she is done with it then you can have it.
Mason: But when she doesn’t have it then I don’t want it anymore!
Marc: (laughing) I don’t think I’ve heard you say anything more true in your life.
This morning we all went to the toy store to buy a present for one of Mason’s friends having a birthday soon. While we were there we decided to buy a “Slip and Slide” for Mason to try for the first time. My husband (Marc, aka Daddy), my son Mason (3.5 years) my daughter Brie (1 year) and myself had this conversation on the way home after lunch several hours later.
Me: During Brie’s nap time, do you want to do “that thing we got” with Mason or do you want him to paint with me?
Daddy: I can do it with him that’s fine. You can paint on your own and I’ll show it to him.
Me: It’s up to you, if you want to do it or I can paint with him for a bit, either way.
Mason: (from the back seat) But I need goggles for that!
Me: Sigh. (looking at Marc) So the days of us talking in secret have officially come to an end.
Marc: Why do you say that?
Me: Because he knows exactly what we are talking about. He thinks the slip-and-slide is like swimming so that’s why he said he needs his goggles.
Marc: Mason, what are Mommy and Daddy talking about?
Mason: The water toy we got this morning.
Me: See? I knew it.