I may have ruined Christmas for my son. =/ **edit #2
I feel like having a crying tantrum with my 3.5 year old as well. =/
My mom passed away July 7th, 2012. Last Christmas was our first Christmas without her. This is our second Christmas without her, and it's not any easier, on me. I didn't know it was affecting my son.
He knew nana, went to live in Heaven with God and the Angels. That she couldn't visit us last Christmas. (That's the only way we could explain to him last Christmas why she wasn't there, and why only papa Mike and Aunt Star had come.) He seemed fine with it, and it seemed as if he forgotten everything when papa Mike showed up with the Christmas gifts on Christmas eve.
Well, today as I'm getting him ready to lay down for a nap, he asked if he and brother could have a cookie. I told him that when he wakes up from his nap then he can have one. I made a HUGE mistake, and asked him if he was excited to have papa Mike and Aunt Star come over to start Christmas with us tomorrow. He got really excited and said yes he was, and said that he couldn't wait to see papa Mike, Aunt Star and nana D. =/
I tried really hard to choke back my tears, and told him that he needed to remember that Nana D isn't able to come here for Christmas, that she's up in Heaven with the Angels, great paw paw and Aunt Dawn. But, she would be watching us from heaven and sending us her love.
OH, was that a MISTAKE! He started crying, like I ripped the head off of his fave snuggle toy, and yelling at me that I was lying to him. He wouldn't calm down for anything. Finally I was able to rock him and get him to calm down and he fell asleep in my lap.
I can't stop crying. I've done all of the Christmas traditions my mom had always done, I've done all of the Christmas crafts I could find, and been so busy preparing for Christmas, this has been my way of sort of dealing with not having my mom here, that I didn't even seem to notice that my baby was hurting! It didn't seem like an issue last Christmas!!!
I guess I should have seen this coming, we have been talking about all the Christmas things we were doing and how nana would do them with me, and he sees all of her pictures on the walls. He even got the honor of putting her memorial picture Christmas ornament on the tree this year. I thought that if I talked about her, and what we used to do when she was here, that it would be a great way to keep her memory alive for my boys. It so backfired on me, and now I feel like the worlds shitties mom!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don't know how to fix this!!!! I'm terrified of when he wakes up, and what to say, or if I should even say anything at all! Worst I'm terrified now of how he's going to react when papa Mike and Aunt Star get here tomorrow. =/
How can I comfort him? How can I explain to my little man that nana D just can't be here with us. My heart is breaking so bad, and all I want to do is crawl up in a little ball, and cry with him. I may have ruined Christmas for my son. =/
EDIT TO ADD:
After the first few pages of responses I didn't really want to deal with this post any more. The responses angered and hurt me. I get that not everyone believes in God, or Heaven, or that we believe that Grandma is in Heaven. Please don't put down our beliefs or bash me about them. The post isn't about that. Yes we have told him that Nana is dead, and that she can't come back. We've had heavy conversations about this in the past.
I came back and read the other repls now and posts.....
I want to thank everyone who offered kind words, and gave advice. Thank you so much, it truly means a lot to me!!! He woke up fine, as if before nap conversation never happened. I wish so much I could take him to her grave, however her last request was not to be buried.... she was cremated. My step father has her urn. We don't often make the hour and half almost two hour drive to his house.
I try very hard not to be overly emotional in front of him. Hard to do these days being 28 weeks pregnant. When I do talk to him about Nana or mention Nana loved doing this or that, I try really hard to be upbeat and positive about it.
Thank you again ladies for the replies. I will try to reply to some now.
Sorry I haven't responded to anyone and been MIA, our Christmas started today at 3pm with Papa Mike and Aunt Star.
Guess what my Christmas gift was!!!!!!!! My step dad decided that it was time that mom came and "lived" with us. =) I'm so happy I could cry! He brought me her beautiful urn. My son asked what it was and I said it was nana inside that we could talk to her all we wanted and she could hear us. If he was sad or needing to talk to her, he could just ask and we would go talk to her! I LOVE Christmas! Seriously the best Christmas gift ever (well, next to if Mom could actually really visit from Heaven!) Now we have a "place" to go and "visit" her and talk to her! I think this will help my son and myself!!!!!
Merry Christmas to one and all!
PS: Santa has landed in this house! I think my boys will have a blast in the morning! =)This Santa's Elf is SOOO tired from tonight's Christmas Eve party at the In-laws, so I'm heading to bed! Goodnight! (Yes, that's moms Urn behind the Christmas tree, not her permanent place, but for now she can sit and watch us on Christmas Morning.)