Saturday marked the first sleepover for Maximus! It was completely spontaneous and we were all unprepared. He didn’t want to come home with me from my parent’s house. We had no pajamas, no special blanket with a special tag, and no pull-up. He didn’t care about any of that. My mom found some pajamas and that was good enough for him. For the first time in his life, he didn’t care that he didn’t have his blanket. We have spent a handful of nights searching high and low for that tag. Yet, here he was saying he didn’t need it. He gave me a hug and a kiss, blew me another kiss, and waved goodbye. He seemed unphased. The little boy who will wake up crying in the middle-of-the-night if one of us misses bedtime. The one who gets sad when he goes to bed if we’re both gone. He was good. He didn’t need to go home with me.
He lasted two hours at his first sleepover. He put on pajamas, climbed into a sleeping bag on the living room floor, and drank some water. Then he told my parent’s he was ready to go home. He only wanted to sleep at their house for “a little bit.” Until I got that phone call, I was blown away at his bravery. My three-and-a-half year old had completely surprised me. In what I meant to be a threat to get him out of their house, he jumped on and really, really wanted to stay. I assumed he’d be home at some point, but I thought he might fall asleep first. After all, I’d had him out-of-town all day and he only had a 30 minute nap. So at 10:30, he came home. And cried when we didn’t get to do the normal bedtime routines at our house. 🙂
He claims to have slept over at their house for a little while. He says he closed his eyes for a little bit and then wanted to come home. I’m sure it’s just like all those days that he claims to take a nap even though we hear him banging around in his room. For about two hours on Saturday night, I thought he was growing up before my eyes. I think he’s stuck somewhere in the middle of being a bigger kid and still being my baby. I’ve got five more months before he starts school and really tries to grow up on me!