S has not slept well all week. Hence, we're all exhausted around here.
What happened on Thanksgiving is that my 12 year-old cousin asked my brother to get out his old Darth Vader helmet/mask, just because that's what 12 year-olds do. He wanted to take it home or something. So he comes down the stairs wearing the hat, naturally, and it has buttons that make that breathing sound. SoJo started screaming and crying, and his clueless mama didn't even see it coming.
I love this Threadless t-shirt, which has been sadly discontinuedS spent the entire meal saying in a sweet toddler voice "no Dar Vada" over and over and over. Not crying, just saying it. All he ate for dinner was the ice from my water. I think he was just too overwhelmed to eat, and I'm sure his tummy was not up for a high-carb experience.
There's a vibe in the air at home that just won't go away, a mixture of stress and fear, not just about DV, as Mr. Geek and I have been code-calling him, but the fear of when the naptime/nighttime screaming bouts will begin. They're so unpredictable.
Like last night. S woke up a 3am, screaming "Mama, mommy, daddy, mommy, daddy!" in full panic mode. That's enough to propel you out of bed running to his room in the haze of deep sleep, thinking he's being murdered. Naptime is equally bad, with him screaming for me upstairs. It's so heartbreaking, especially now that he knows to call his dad or me. He never screams about Darth Vader, but all of this happened after Thanksgiving, so I'm guessing DV is the source.
In a desperate attempt, I've been trying to work with him to conquor his fear. We have a pop-up book, Star Wars Guide to the Galaxy, which is so cool (that's another post) that I've pulled out to show S Darth Vader.
He loves the book, especially the last page with the full pop-up helmet and two miniature figures--Vader and Luke Skywalker--who are wielding light-up light sabers. He's certainly not afraid when I pull out the book, but then again, that breathing sound DV makes is not there.
So my predictable, easy-to-put-down-to-sleep toddler has totally thrown a wrench in the works. Will this go away? What should I do? I don't ignore his crying, as that seems cruel, but maybe I should distance myself a bit more, check on him then let him cry for a little while. Suggestions would be much welcomed.