Treasures Under My Pillow

My boys rarely go to sleep without taking with them their latest toy obsession – whichever one they hold dear to their heart at the moment, and is small enough to fit in their hands or next to them in bed. My just-turned-four-year-old does it more than his brothers though. Once, I went to check on him and I found so many trinkets and toys that he could barely fit on the bed! It’s funny now that I think of it, but at the time it was not. What if I’m raising a hoarder?!?

As you can imagine, it can be very distracting for a four-year-old to have toys in bed when he’s supposed to be actually going to sleep. On those nights when he’s especially distracted and I have to remind him two, three, four and five times again and again that it’s bed time, I usually end with the biggest threat in my arsenal of Angry Mom Threats: “Go to sleep or the toys are going on Time Out.” He then finally, and reluctantly, tucks them safely under his pillow and closes his eyes shut, really really tight. After a few seconds, he peeks his eyes open to check if I’m still there, then smiles and quickly shuts them again when he realizes I’m standing there, arms crossed, with my Angry Mom Look.

Sometimes, when he wakes up the next morning, he forgets what he’s done with his precious treasure, and he’ll whine in the way only toddlers do although he’s technically not a toddler anymore, until I ask, “Did you check under your pillow yet?”  He scurries back to his room and proudly yells out, “I found it!”

And then, there are moments like tonight, when I’m exhausted from cleaning all day, and still the house is a mess. When I’ve evicted them from my room because they thought they could camp out in my bed since Daddy’s out of town, and quite frankly, I would like to have some “me” time before the little one wakes up to nurse, again. And, as I sit up on my bed and get comfortable, I lift up my pillow and there it is.

TreasureHis treasured possession.

I smile. Yes, all four are sleeping, which is probably why the moment is particularly heart-warming. Otherwise, I’d be asking him to please put his toys away where they belong, which happens to not be my bed. But, still. I smile. In a split second, these precious little Lego persons complete with menacing weapons, remind me of the special little things that make him him. And that my little treasures are quickly growing. I can already picture him waking me up in the morning, asking me, “Mami, can you move? I need to look under your pillow.”

I suppose one day he’ll outgrow this magical age, of superheroes and bad guys and there will no longer be toys hidden under his pillow. Perhaps, one day I’ll instead find the latest book he’s reading. Or the picture of the pretty girl he likes. Or drugs. Okay, this heart-warming moment is quickly taking a turn for the worse, so let me wrap it up.

Fellow mamas in the daily grind, I hate to be clichĂ©, but like they say, The days are long, and the years are short. So, lift up that post-bedtime-routine glass of wine I know you’re drinking and here’s to treasuring the little things and finding joy in the journey. Here’s to finding Legos under the pillow and not uncontrolled substances.  Salud!

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  • Reply Jessica M

    That’s so cute- <3 this one. 🙂 No treasures under our pillows yet but he has slept with a spatula before LOL.

    October 1, 2014 at 8:52 am
    • Reply NermarĂ­

      Ha! Maybe he’s dreaming of being a chef?

      October 1, 2014 at 8:57 am
  • Reply Leilani

    Aww I love this! Because my four year does the EXACT same thing. He always has to take a favorite toy to bed and it always gets lost and it’s usually under his pillow. So funny. Kids are funny. And frustrating haha! Great post!

    October 1, 2014 at 12:14 pm
    • Reply NermarĂ­

      Thanks Leilani! It’s one of those things that can drive me crazy but I know I’ll miss one day. I’m trying to work on no taking these little things for granted. 🙂

      October 1, 2014 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply Desirre

    Love it!!! xoxo

    October 2, 2014 at 1:55 pm
  • Reply Alexandra

    Sweet article! My soon-to-be 4 yr old son also does the same thing, funny!… only it’s not just one toy but a little box full of a collection he loves (lately monster jam trucks… and sometimes a lego person gets in there too somehow)… He’s got a big bed and so I am not fighting him on it yet… It is kind of part of our night routine actually since I noticed how much he loved to sleep with his toys: after cleaning his room so the toys are not everywhere in the house, as a reward, he gets to put the toys he wants on his bed… Sometimes it gets out of control so that’s when we put a limit on the amount lol. Thanks for your posts!

    October 2, 2014 at 5:48 pm
    • Reply NermarĂ­

      That’s a good idea about using it as a reward! I don’t usually have a problem with it, until it keeps him from the task at hand: sleeping!

      October 2, 2014 at 6:39 pm
      • Reply Alexandra

        Not sure if this is right or wrong but if he is not too sleepy, we allow him to play a bit with the toys as long as he is laying down and quiet, but he usually falls asleep within minutes…

        October 3, 2014 at 3:18 pm
  • Reply Kina

    Your too funny! Yes, you are right. They grow up too fast. My oldest is in junior high now. I say it and it still sounds so foreign on my tongue. My treasure has not gone. They still desire for me to give them a kiss and hug when I drop them off in front of school. Love it!

    October 3, 2014 at 4:17 pm
    • Reply NermarĂ­

      I almost choked when you I read “junior high”! Where has time gone??

      October 3, 2014 at 4:56 pm
  • Reply Leah

    I’m stopping by from Mom2Mom. I have two kids that are teens now, so I can speak from the other end. 🙂 The days do speed by, so enjoy those little treasures. Mine are still wonderful kids and still love to spend time with me, but it is different now that they are older.

    October 6, 2014 at 1:47 pm
    • Reply NermarĂ­

      Thanks for stopping by Leah! Yes, I can’t imagine how weird that’ll be, so I do try to remind myself to “see the big picture” when I’m feeling stressed out. 🙂

      October 6, 2014 at 5:46 pm
  • Reply Mother of 3

    Aw this is so cute! I have two boys still small enough to want to sleep with a bunch of stuffed animals (and the occasional small toy). This reminded me of how special that really is.

    December 7, 2016 at 4:43 pm
    • Reply NermarĂ­

      It really is! You don’t realize at the moment that those little things captivate their heart and are precious. My little one I was writing about still takes toys to bed and he just turned 6. My older 2 boys don’t anymore.

      December 7, 2016 at 5:18 pm

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