When I told the boys on Tuesday that we were going to see Yellow House (and they'd get to go inside), their initial reaction was along these lines, again. Much jumping and clapping and shrieking with glee.
But then a little later...
Now, Ike is definitely a cuddler. But he has different cuddle styles based on his mood. And THIS cuddle ...facing me, head on my shoulder, one hand deep in my hair for comfort...this is a classic "I'm unsure about something and bordering on a little scared" cuddle.
Poor little guy. He's been trying SO HARD to join in his brothers' OVER THE MOON excitement about moving, but it's clear there are still big gaps in his understanding of what's happening.
We made him an "Ike Is Moving!" book through TwigTale* that has REALLY helped, but I think Tuesday threw him for a loop. We weren't supposed to be going to the Yellow House yet. The movers hadn't put all our boxes and things and toys on the moving truck yet. Were we leaving it all behind? Were we coming back? Where was Dad? What about the pets?
We cuddled in silence for awhile and then I started volunteering a bit more information about what was happening that day, promising that we'd come back to this house and all our things. This wasn't moving day. This was visit-the-new-house-and-pick-out-your-room day!
You know, the way I should have explained to him in the first place, rather than dropping it on him en masse with his brothers.
He seemed to feel a little better.
Or maybe his Inner Ham was just too powerful.
Just to be on the safe side, though, he insisted on bringing a few Good Friends with him to the Yellow House.
They all made it back home, safe and sound.
*Not a sponsored link. Isabel from AlphaMom gave me her promo code to make Ike a book, with no expectation of a review or mention. But the book is great and helpful, and I really like the other offerings as well.