October 31, 2021
Kylie and Kevin were young new parents and couldn’t figure out why their child wouldn’t sleep in his crib. He cried whenever they put him down and was fussy when others held him. Kevin decided to check the crib and discovered an amulet, which his mother had put there. Then, she told them why.
When Kylie got pregnant at 18, everyone told her to get rid of the baby because she was too young. Her mother, Diane, said that having the baby would ruin her life. But her boyfriend, Kevin, said he would support her decision.
He was just 20 years old, but they decided to get married and had a baby boy a few months later. They named him George and moved into Kevin’s mother’s house in Jacksonville, Florida. Mrs. Simpson was lovely and helped with the baby all the time.
But Kylie had no idea that being a mother would be so exhausting. “No one ever tells you that the baby is not going to sleep one wink in the first months,” she told Mrs. Simpson one morning after holding George the entire night. He also cried during the day, and Kylie didn't know what to do.
“Oh, honey. I actually don’t understand what’s happening. He should be sleeping a few hours, at least. As a baby, Kevin was not like this, and I was a single mother,” Mrs. Simpson explained. “We should take him to the doctor just in case.”
The pediatrician couldn’t find any reason why George wasn’t sleeping. She told them that it might be a phase, and it happens with some babies. Mrs. Simpson tried to get George, but he had gotten so used to sleeping in Kylie’s arms that it was difficult for him to find peace with anyone else.
Kevin was a supportive husband, but he worked two jobs and went to school full-time to become a better man for his family. Kylie was unemployed and had put off college until George was older. It was a tricky situation for everyone.
“Ok, I’m just going to let him cry himself to sleep. I’ve read online that some parents do that, and the baby gets used to it,” Kylie revealed to Kevin one evening.
“It sounds like a good idea. I mean, the doctor said he’s healthy. Maybe, he’s just picky, and we need to be stricter with him,” Kevin replied. They left the baby, but it was hard to sleep hearing him scream in the other room.
“Honey, I’m just going to sit with him. I feel so bad for you and your mother,” Kylie whispered as she got out of bed.
“Are you sure, Kylie? We had a plan,” Kevin replied softly.
“Yes. We’ll figure out another way later. You need to sleep, and your mother doesn’t deserve this noise at her age,” Kylie reasoned and went to the nursery. She found Mrs. Simpson trying to soothe George, but he was still crying.
“I’m sorry, dear. Nothing I’m doing is working with him. He wants his momma,” Mrs. Simpson consoled and gave her the baby. Kylie took George and sat down in the rocking chair, where she stayed the entire night.
The following day, Kylie was exhausted, but she wouldn’t let go of George because he had finally slept more than three hours in her arms. Kevin felt helpless and decided to check out the crib. They bought it from the store, but maybe the mattress was uncomfortable for their son.
But when he shook the tiny bed to inspect it, something fell out. Kevin leaned down and noticed a weird amulet. It looked like a dream catcher, but it was small and had a few fake gemstones. “Kylie, why did you put this thing on George’s mattress?” he asked his wife.
“What? I’ve never seen that in my life. It was in his crib?” Kylie retorted from her position on the living room couch. Then Mrs. Simpson approached them and saw the amulet in Kevin’s hands.
“Oh, why did you take the amulet away? I bought that just for George,” Mrs. Simpson wondered.
“What? You put this in his crib?” Kevin questioned.
“Yeah. Why? Is there something wrong? I thought it would catch his dreams and let him sleep,” the older woman explained.
“When did you buy it? Did you just put it in his crib?” Kevin continued.
“No, I bought it the same day you bought that crib. It was there even before he was born. You never saw it?” Mrs. Simpson inquired.
“Mom, I think this thing has been poking into his back, and that’s why he can’t sleep,” Kevin revealed. Kylie stood up and examined the amulet with George in her arms.
“Oh my. That can’t be. I’m so sorry, guys,” the older woman apologized.
“Let’s try putting George in the crib now,” Kylie whispered and took the baby to his room. Miraculously, George slept for a few more hours before it was time to feed him again. Everyone in the house was so happy.
“George is eating better now that he can sleep well. I guess this little guy is like that princess who wouldn’t sleep because she felt a pea on her mattress,” Mrs. Simpson marveled.
“I think the gemstones were poking him, Mom. It’s not that he is that sensitive,” Kevin laughed. Kylie smiled because she was finally able to take a nap and a shower that day. Afterward, George could be held by anyone without too much fussing.
They decided to hang the dream catcher on the wall of the crib because it was still a nice gesture from his grandmother. But they didn’t want it too close in case George decided to put it in his mouth.
“Don’t worry, little guy. You’ll still be able to sleep, and this amulet will chase away any bad dreams,” Kylie cooed happily.
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