This was his exact words this afternoon when I told him that it was naptime. Nowadays, to make him take his nap, we have to usually resort to some props to lull him to dreamland…either the motion of the car, letting him watch his ??? or ???? dvd or reading stories or just me lying next to him. He still cannot fall asleep on his own yet.
I had just bathed him after lunch and before he got dressed. He peed in the room and was reprimanded by me. I was sure he did that on purpose as by now, he could tell me when he needs to pee. Knowing that I was angry and he did something wrong again. He was quick to say sorry and sorry sorry sorry all the way…hoping for a hug from me or to get my usual ‘It’s okay’ reply. He is now very good at saying sorry. He seems to know that whenever he did something wrong, he can get away with his ‘sorry’ and he is right as it is hard to continue scolding him when you hear those words especially when they are followed by a sad face with a little sob and he looks as if he is at the brink of tearing.
So after my ‘It’s okay’ reply, I told him it was time for naptime. ‘Mummy, lie here with me’ was his immediate reply which didn’t surprise me at all. I was actually quite filthy, still in my fitness attire as I had just came back from a workout. I was prepared to change into a new pair of shorts so that I could join him in bed but decided to try my luck. I asked him whether he could sleep on his own. He thought for a minute then replied me in a way that really took me by surprise. ‘Mummy, I am a big boy now. I can sleep on my own’ I was speechless for a while but was quick to answer in a very natural way to hide my surprise ‘oh good, then you sleep with monkey (his favourite furry soft toy ?? bought for him), Mummy needs to bath and do something’ With that, I covered him with the blanket, put his favourite monkey beside him, pulled down the shade a little, turned on the fan and turn around to leave the room ‘Do you want me to close the door?’ and his yes was swiftly obeyed. I closed the door behind me still very doubtful about what he told me. I was expecting him to come running to my room any moment.
I went to my room which had the baby monitor turned on and was waiting for him to call for me. It was quiet, I waited a while more before stepping into the bathroom.?He did not call for me nor did he came running to my room! After a good 15 mintues or so, I crept back to his room and peeked through the door, he was already sound asleep! I was thrilled, excited, proud, impressed, shocked, astonished…my boy slept on his own for the 1st time! No stories, no carseat, no dvd, no mummy lying beside him. Just him alone with his monkey right beside him, both tucked under the blanket. I was glad I witnessed this first hand. Another milestone for my little boy
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