The second the door closed the crying began. First it was quiet whimpers. I thought, that's ok, he will go to sleep in a minute. But he didn't. The cries became louder, and more distressed. I left him for a few minutes, but it became pretty clear that he wasn't going to settle down.
When I entered the room, the screaming got worse. I picked him up, it didn't change. If I dared to even put him back in his bed all hell would break loose.
Joel, like the hands on Dad he is, had heard the cries and had come to help. I passed off the screaming child and quickly exited the room. I thought maybe he was just a little sick of Mum and needed some Dad time. The screaming continued. Joel talked to him, tried to settle him, but no, still screaming.
Then Joel opened his mouth and began to sing, before the first few words were out of his mouth the screaming stopped. Maybe it is all the pregnancy hormones, but I got all emotional. I really was amazed at how much he was instantly comforted by his Dad's singing. He didn't cry again, he lay down in bed, awake, listening, but still and relaxing more moment by moment. Joel kept singing. Finally, he left the room, and I heard no more cries.
Joel has an amazing voice, it relaxes me when he sings. I on the other hand am a terrible singer, Joel has tried to give me lessons but they haven't gone so well. I became a little sad listening to him singing, because I don't hear him sing as much as I used to when he was playing in bands.
But, then I realised that his gift isn't wasted, not at all, the way that his little boy is so comforted by his voice is truly a beautiful thing. Of course, I would still love for him to have more opportunities to use his musical talents again, but these moments are just so special.
It also makes me so grateful for my husband, who is willing to jump in and help whenever its needed, he loves his little boy so much and their bond is so strong!
Also, in other news!! Stay tuned because we had out 20 week ultrasound yesterday, and we found out the gender of bubba #2, but we still have to get in contact with Joel's family, so I can't reveal just yet!! So exciting!!
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