Monday, September 15, 2008

Mama, can I snuggle?

Henry has truly been a real trooper through all of this upheaval. But I think yesterday, it started to sink in that something big is just not right.

When he awoke, he came running in my room, just like he does EVERY morning. The first things he asks: "Can I watch some TV?". I explain to him that we still have now power so nothing works. Okay, he crawls into bed with me and rolls over to go back to sleep. After a few minutes, he realizes he's awake for the day, so he quietly gets up to go potty and gets some toys and sits and plays next tot he bed. When I finally come to the same realization (that I am awake for the day), he runs back to my bed. He asks "NOW, can I watch some TV?"

Unfortunately, I snapped at him. "It still doesn't work, honey. NOTHING works." A few minutes later, as I apologize for being sharp with him, he falls into my arms and starts to cry.

Later in the car, he is a whiny mess. Everything little thing leads to tears. He picked a tiny little scab on his knee and then cried for 10 min about how much it hurt. He claimed his "invisible mouse" scratched his hand, and cried for another bit about that.

When we arrived at our accommodations for last night, he played basketball outside for quite some time. I think this help him burn off some of that nervous energy. After that, he found some toys inside the house and played and played.

When I put him to bed, I let him watch a DVD, an almost totally unheard of privilege (and it took me quite some time to figure out how to hook it all up since I brought the DVD player with me from home). So this meant that when I came to bed later, he was still awake. As I crawled into bed, he asked "Mama, can I snuggle?" He instantly shifted so that he was laying right next to me. I put my hand on his back and he fell almost instantly asleep.

I just asked him about how he felt about today. His reply: "I feel happy, I'm a happy guy." And to prove it, he made Vladdy (his stuffed monkey) do a happy little dance. And he wanted to type the word apple. And so, he did. May the rest of the day go so "happily".

1 comment:

  1. The Rattans9/15/08, 9:47 AM

    Each day we think about you, Henry and Leslie and how although your house was unscathed, your emotions are battered as you deal with all normalcy being disrupted. Just know you are in our thoughts and prayers.