I tried again tonight to get Emmett to fall asleep in his own bed but it didn’t go well.
Emmett will give us a reason for his not being able to fall asleep in his bed. We’ve heard things like his cat won’t leave him alone, it’s too dark, his bed is too high or he’s afraid of his bad dreams.
He mentioned to Lizze that he likes her really soft, fuzzy blanket and that’s why he sleeps in our bed.
While Lizze was away with her Mom tonight, I gave one of those blankets to Emmett and told him that we could try the blanket in his bed and if it works, we’ll get him his own.
That lasted all of ten minutes.
He came downstairs and I could see that he’s panicking because the blanket wasn’t really the reason he can’t fall asleep in his own bed.
Poor Emmett was trying to come up with another reason that he needed to sleep in our bed. I could see he wasn’t trying to be difficult and my heart just broke for him.
I told him to go lay down in my bed and I’ll move him later. He told me how sorry he was but I told him he had nothing to be sorry for and that everything was okay.
The relief in his eyes was immediately noticeable and I knew I was doing the right thing.
I totally get that we have to work through this but we have time. This is something that he needs right now and we will have to find another path that doesn’t leave him in distress.