Hope you are all preparing to have the best Thanksgiving ever! I know I sure am. Henry's birthday falls on the first of December so we have a lot to celebrate over here. I am getting ready to throw him a tiny little robot party at our house after Thanksgiving is over. He came up with the theme himself. Bobots of course. He is obsessed.
There are a few things that can throw a toddler for a loop: daylight savings time, a new sibling, being ridiculously sick for a week straight... And oh yeah! All three of those things happened to Henry in the same week. Poor kid. He is having the hardest time sleeping after that evil tri-fecta hit him square in the face. He has never (and I mean NEVER NEVER NEVER) been a good sleeper but that just really did a number on him.
I've tried everything. Singing to him for hours, rocking him, laying by him, begging him... and some other tactics that I'm not so proud of (yelling, threatening time out...etc. all of those fool moves that never really get you anywhere and just make you feel like a crappy person). Nothing works. Sometimes he naps but usually he doesn't. Sometimes he sleeps at night but usually he gets up at 4 in the morning and wants to play. It's been rough.
But... what I wanted to say about his birthday and stuff is that in the moments when I remember to just breathe and try to just love the crap out of him sans nap - we end up laying next to each other in his bed cheek to cheek and I ask him serious questions and listen to his answers -
Me: "Henry, what is your favorite thing?"
Him: pauses for a long time while licking his lips... "Bobots!"
Me: "Oh really?! Why do you love Robots so much?"
Him: pauses again for a long time... "Uh... buts!"
Me: "You love their buttons?"
Me: "What else is your favorite?"
Him: he takes forever to think of his answers... "izza"
Me: "You love Pizza? Do you want a bobot izza party this year?"
The conversation continues and we end up talking about all sorts of things: elephants, babies, daddy, hats, motorcycles... and he is particularly fond of "gurrrs" aka monsters. The conversations make me laugh and melt my heart. He really is just trying to be the best little 2 year old there ever was but he just doesn't know how to sleep. And I have to forgive him for that. Sleep eludes the best of us sometimes, especially when there is so much in the world to discover and be curious about. So this year I am so excited to celebrate my little guy's birthday! Especially because I think his mind is going to be blown by the robot cookies, huge balloons and lots and lots and lots of cheese pizza... oh and I may or may not be attempting to make a life-size Henry-Bot. He's going to flip out! I can't wait! I hope he always stays this curious and passionate about life. It's what makes him so great! and although I could seriously use a nap I wouldn't have him any other way!
Happy Birthday! Love you, my little Henny!!