HRH is at that wonderful, funny stage of speech where there is a stream of babble. Sometimes I can understand what he is saying, but mostly I can't, no matter how hard I try. I tend to chatter back to him anyway, as if I understand and I really enjoy the interaction with him. As an example of his speech, his word for crocodile is 'sock-a-dee', close enough and easy to figure out as he is usually pointing to a picture of a crocodile when he says it.
During the week he woke up three times during the night, crying 'sock-a-dee' and calling for his big brother. Firstborn and HRH share a room but because HRH had been waking I had brought him in to sleep with me. It was difficult enough to soothe him when he woke, but eventually we managed to get a few hours of sleep.
The next day he was in great form and I could see no effects from his nightmares the night before. Later on in the day we were playing and went under the blanket
. He said 'i-sawk-ih- hee' and I realised he was saying 'it's dark in here'. Then I realised that is what he had been saying the night before when he woke crying. He was afraid of the dark and he was calling his big brother for comfort.
Woohoo and woohoo again. This is such a big deal. He was expressing the problem and calling someone to help him. But, it gets better, I never taught him that phrase. Ok, so he must have heard it, but we never sat down and 'worked' on it. I do remember that around about age 3 Firstborn became very afraid of the dark too, so there is also the bonus of HRH reaching this 'milestone' on time as he turned 3 recently.
We are all absolutely delighted. None more so than Firstborn because HRH was calling for him. Firstborn takes being a big brother very seriously and something like this really reinforces his confidence in being a fabulous big brother.
So a bad nights sleep turns into a happy event and the best Christmas present we could possibly have in this house, more communication! It just leaves me with one question; what is it about three year olds, who only measure 3 feet, being able to take up an entire 5 foot bed??
I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas and my family wishes your family the very best in 2011. *photo credits google imagesRead original post