Life with 4 kids 6 and under. Our trip to pick up Tonito in China is: mid-March 2008 through April 12. Our trips to pick up Ricky in Ethiopia are in June and August of 2010.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

My sleeping boys

In Ethiopia, and since we've been home, Ricky has been happily sleeping in our bed. We rock him to sleep, or rub his back until he falls asleep- and sometimes repeat this many, many times. There was one night I was extremely frustrated as I went through the process at least 15 times. I would wait until I was sure he was asleep, tiptoe out of the room, and within minutes he would be terrified and crying and we'd run back in to start over again. Then one night, when we were going upstairs to kiss the other kids, Ricky pointed to the empty bunk bed in Tonito's room, and raised his eyebrows, asking in his way if he could sleep there. Tonio and I looked at each other, smiled, and said "Yeah buddy! La cama de Ricky! Go ahead!" and he climbed in and got tucked in. We showed him where Tonito was and kissed them both... and cautiously walked out of the room... and listened for 30 minutes while Ricky sang and talked and played with all of the toys he pulled into the bed. But then he went to sleep! It was our first night of him sleeping in his own bed, and he never woke up. Definitely a turning point!!!! Later in the week, I went in to wake up the boys in the morning and found this heart-warming scene:)---

Who knows at what time Ricky climbed up to Tonito's bed? And how sweet that Tonito is on the outside, not letting Ricky fall out the top bunk? I love it. Tonito has been asking us for a brother since he was able to communicated with us, and now he and Ricky are truly bonding!

1 comment:

Barry and Amy said...

How precious!! What a beautiful memory!