He Sleeps

He’s ‘on’ all day long.  He is a seven-year-old boy after all.  He runs around, chats with friends, goofs off, and brings smiles to the faces of those around him.  But at the end of the day, he sleeps.  He crashes hard.  When I first got the video of him sleeping at 10pm from his nanny, I thought, well that looks a bit weird to watch him sleep.  And I focused on the negatives.  He’s seven, and he’s still in a crib.  And he doesn’t have jammies on – he’s still wearing his shirt.  But then it hit me.

Here is his nanny, this working woman, pausing in the night to watch this sweet boy sleep.  I do it all the time.  I sneak into my boy’s rooms as soon as I hear the silence hit.  And I stare at them.  I watch their little chests rise up and down.  I smile when my oldest smacks his lips together and grunts, and I laugh to see my youngest plastered into the crack between his bed and the wall (where he insists on sleeping every night).

Those thoughts are what pulled me away from the negatives of this video, and lead me to the positives.  Bless this woman for filling in the gap for Wayland.  For being a giver of love for him while he is stuck in limbo between his first Mom and his forever Mom.  While the simple act of watching him sleep speaks volumes, and while she is doing such an amazing service to this sweet soul by standing in the role of nurturer, it is still only temporary.  Though her job is so very important, she is not his forever, and never will be.  Wayland still waits for his forever.  He waits for a Mama to sneak into his room and do just what many of us Mom’s do – watch his sweet soul sleep away the day with a smile on her face.  And to his nanny, thank you.  Thank you for pouring into this boy’s heart, knowing it is only temporary.


Wayland is available for adoption through Madison Adoption Associates.  He is seven years old and is diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease.  There is a $2,000 grant available to the family who adopts him.  Email sarah@madisonadoption.org for more information.