Today I was able to spend some much needed time with Christine. One of the many things we talked about was Hyrum and how different he is than most boys his age. One of things that I told her about was how at the beginning of this school year I worried a lot about him not having friends.
I've always known that David and I have babied Hyrum. But to be honest, I don't feel all that bad about it. If I did, then I would stop. But he is my baby and by the time that you get to your "baby" after having other children, you finally realize as a parent to calm down! That all those things I worried about so much with Levi and Brigham, didn't matter. That I should have relaxed more with them and just enjoyed the ride. So yeah, we've babied him...and it shows.
I told Christine about how when Hyrum's friends come over and they imagine play, the other boys always want to be some hero or bad guy character (almost always Minecraft characters). Hyrum....yeah, he crawls around like an ocelot (cat) meowing while the other boys are using their pickaxe to "mine" or attack a creeper. Christine and I just giggled imaging the sight of his innocence. I told her that when I first noticed the difference in him compared to other boys his age, I worried. But I also did not want to take that innocence away from him by making him grow up. Both David and I have kept to the latter. He has plenty of time to do all that grown up stuff later.
Rewind to last night. He woke me up in the middle of the night to tell me he had a nightmare and wanted to sleep with David and I. I could count on one hand how many times he has done that. My boys just don't have lots of nightmares and I'm super grateful. I of course let him sleep with us.
Tonight he tells me that he knows why he had the nightmare. It was because he didn't sleep with his ocelot. I knew he was right about him not having the ocelot with him last night because we put up the Christmas tree earlier that day and Hyrum put his ocelot in the tree as an ornament.
So before bed we are looking for this ocelot and it is no where to be found. Hyrum is about in tears. So I come up with this idea that Hyrum can sleep with all his other cats and that should be like the power of the one ocelot. The only thing I placed in this picture is the tiger "watching over" him. When David and I went to check on him tonight before bed (which is what I should be in but I HAD to blog how cute Hyrum is!!!) we found him alseep with all his cats perfectly placed around his head.