As anyone who has followed Sarah’s blog for any amount of time knows, Jonah is a pretty sweet little boy, and helpful to a fault. O.K., sometimes too helpful, and he is prone to getting too worked up over helping and making more of a mess, but he does really try. Last night he proved that he is not likely to “out grow” this phase any time soon.
Abby is currently going through a VERY rough spell right now (she is almost at the end of the tedious three’s, let’s all pray that the fours are better!) Her fear of the dark comes and goes, and last night she started crying pretty hard when we sent her to bed that she had a bad dream, before she went to sleep, but didn’t want to tell us about it. She is also developing a habit of wanting food after she goes to bed. We think that she has hit another growth spurt, but she ate a very good dinner, had dessert and even had a snack before bed time. She kept crying and crying, and since she shares a room with her brother, she was keeping him awake and stressing him out.
So we moved Jonah to our bed to let him sleep, figuring that we would let her cry it out and move him back to his bed after they were both asleep. It did not last more than five minutes. Abby got even more upset that Jonah was not in the room, but Sarah and I were hanging firm and were going to let her cry it out, when Jonah came out and told us that Abby will usually settle down if you sing to her. Now my voice sounds best when it is lost in a choir, I don’t even sing in the shower, but Sarah has a very nice voice and she sings to the kids from time to time, but this time Jonah goes back into their room and starts to sing Christmas and whatever other snippets of songs that he can remember to his sister, and she settles down (for a short time at least!).
It is our hope and prayer that Jonah never looses this willingness to help, or to try and comfort those around him. He has a great big heart, and I sometimes worry that he is going to get chewed up by the world when he gets older, but even if that does happen, I pray that his great big heart can handle it and that he keeps on being the sweet person who will sing to his sister when she is throwing a fit.