Friday, August 17, 2007

Little Ears

A week or so ago Nathan got a new roommate, Jack! After Jack out grew his bassinet he started sleeping in his car seat. He slept through the night there and it seemed to help with his acid reflux. After finding Jack one morning half in his car seat and half out of his car seat, we figured it was time to put him in his crib.

Nathan was very excited that Jack would be moving to his room. I'm not sure if it was as fun that Jack would be his new roommate as the fact that Nathan would get to sleep on the living room floor until Jack grew accustom to his new surroundings. Nathan is much like any other child in that he doesn't want to miss a minute of things that are going on. If we're up until 11pm, Nathan feels as though he should be too.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand. I know Nathan is a miniature tape recorder, closely listening to what goes on in our house, but for some reason I choose to think that Nathan won't understand what I'm saying or maybe won't be interested in half of it. I was proven wrong by this conversation:

Nathan: (While putting Nathan to bed Wednesday night after Jack's MRI) Mommy, do you have to stay up all night with Jack tonight?
Me: No. When we had Jack at the doctor today, they said we didn't have to do that anymore. He only has to miss his morning nap. That test isn't until Monday anyway.

Nathan: Oh, well that's great! Keeping him up would be hard for you and hard for Jack.
Me: Yeah, now we don't have to worry about it. Thanks for asking about it though.
Nathan: Sure.

While it was very sweet of Nathan to worry about his brother, I felt bad that he might have also been burdened with the information.

Yesterday after picking the kids up from daycare, I said "Nathan, the doctor called and Jack's test was good." Nathan said "That's great news mom!" I felt like I needed to give him that information. I didn't want to keep his mind worrying needlessly. He seemed genuinely concerned and happy about the test results. He's such a special boy. Do I REALLY have to send him off to school to be corrupted by other kids who might not be as sensitive as he is? REALLY do I?


Tracy said...

They DO listen to everything!! Natey sure is a wonderful brother. He is so caring and compassionate. Gotta love him!!

Lori said...

Oh what a little sweetie for caring so much.
They do listen to and pick up everything don't they.

Tess said...

What a great big brother! Thank you for sharing this story! He will make you proud when he goes to school! Sounds like you are giving him a wonderful foundation to build on! Way to go MOM!!

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Anonymous said...

You have to send him to school to teach his sensitivity and caring to other kids!! :-)

I am SSSOOO happy the test was normal!!

Anonymous said...

Keep praying and believing that this is part of who he was created to be Kerrie. I agree with Holly. Kids like Natey are the kids that change this world. They have sensitive hearts and they care. They are the kids this world needs.
You are a great mom and you are doing an awesome job.

Jennie Thompson said...

Nathan is so mature for his age. Glad he likes his roommate!!

Jamie said...

Yep, those ears are never turned off!! Aren't kids so sweet sometimes. You could just pick them up and squeeze them so hard!!

I agree, I don't want my sweet little angel corrupted by those big bad terrible kids. AGHH...what is a mom to do.

the boedecker family said...

You have a Great little boy there Kerrie. It goes to show what wonderful mom you must be!! I am again so happy for Jacks good result!!

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

What a sweetheart...As long as you keep parenting him the way you have been, you won't have to worry about him being corrupted by other children.
Keep up the great job you are doing raising him!

The Wangsness Family said...

I am glad to hear that everything came out for the better. I hope everything turns out okay for you and Jack. Keep up the good work with Nathan.

Miah said...

Perhaps his kindness will rub of on some others in need at school.