…I love that word – conundrum.
Summer has been fun for the boys, but it’s ending very strange. Here’s the dealio:
Oldman – Almost every single night for the past 2 weeks, he has been having nightmares about Gremlin that wakes the house. He has always been a sleep walker/talker/mover. Most of the time it’s funny. Lately…not so much. He wakes everyone up with hysterical cries, flopping around on his bed and crying for me. If I touch him he acts like it hurts, but I’ve found out that if I stroke his head and say things like, “Shhhhh, it’s ok. Gremlin’s fine. It’s over….shhhhhhh…” then he’ll eventually calm down. Then it’s over just as quick as it started. And he never remembers it in the morning. He only remembers the nightmare. I have tried many different ways to make his bedtime relaxing and comfortable, and he never watches scary things (he’s too sensitive at this point). I’m running out of ideas. He’s exhausted…I’m exhausted (jumping to that top bunk is hard!). Has anyone experienced this? Is it just a phase? Googling did nothing for me on this other than tell me my son needs a straightjacket. Lovely.
Gremlin – This one’s a bit delicate so there’s going to be a lot of reading between the lines. Remember when you were little there was always those stories of the kids that went around telling other kids, “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours!” Well, Gremlin’s so called friend at school pulled that on him. Except it was more of a, “If you want your car back….” As a momma, I want to deck that little snot. Unfortunately, Gremlin felt like IdiotBoy wouldn’t be his friend anymore if he didn’t do it. We have talked with both our boys to ad nausem about the touching and looking rule. But the fear of loosing a so called friend was apparently stronger. He said it made him feel uncomfortable and he was very sad. He’s still sad this morning. I’m obviously trying to comfort him and reassure him that it wasn’t his fault and that the little son-of-a-seahorse needs a lot of prayer. The irritating part of it is that it happened at the school’s playground with teachers RIGHT there. I know they can’t watch every second, but the way that playground is laid out, it would be very hard for another kid to NOT see it happening. J’s going to talk to the Coordinator cause this momma is too irate. Thoughts on this this one??