Monday, July 8, 2013
Coming out of the woodwork ...
I know I typically go for the humor angle, but this was beyond adorable and touching and I have to share.
As I told Tom, if I cried in happy moments, I would have been bawling. But I don't, so I cried on the inside.
These days, we put Jack to bed around 7:30. Abby goes to bed around 8:30. Jack has been awake when we bring Abby into the room. He gets beyond excited when we enter the room and any drowsiness he may have had dissipates.
I tuck Abby in and then I have to calm Jack down. Inevitably, he cries when I leave the room. At that point, Abby starts screaming because she wants Jack to be quiet. Attempting to explain the situation to a two-year old hasn't even occurred to me ... until today.
I decided to recruit Abby.
I walked in after the second attempt to put Jack down and I told her that he is only crying because I leave and that he would stop quickly as long as she didn't start crying.
I then told her that she would be a great big sister if she would help Jack fall asleep by reading him a book or singing him a song.
I left the room again. Jack screamed.
I started walking down the stairs and heard Abby's up-and-down inflection of telling a story.
I tiptoed back up the stairs and listened at the door. I couldn't make out what Abby was saying, but she was clearly "reading". Then I hear Jack let out a delighted giggle.
Abby then whispers excitedly to herself, "It worked! It worked!"
I was beside myself. Seriously the cutest thing that also showcased Abby's big heart and love for her brother.