Every night (pretty much since Judah slept through the night around 9 months) I've been gripped with fear as I torture myself with thoughts that Judah might be kidnapped from his bed while I'm sound asleep.
To make matters worse, I like to wear earplugs to bed because I married Mr. Snoresalot. I can't hear a thing with those things on!
Many's a time I actually got up out of my comfy bed at 2 am and laid next to Judah's bedroom door, like a human guard-dog--so gripped by fear was I that an intruder might come and take my precious baby. I'm not proud of it...but it's the sad, sad truth.
So yesterday, I finally decided to arm myself with some knowledge--well, actually I was too tired and lazy so I asked the spouse to arm me with some knowledge by googling 'kidnappers'.
Apparently, in 1999 (yeah, these kidnap sites need to update their stuff) only 115 kids in America were kidnapped by strangers (80% or so are kidnapped by a family member or acquaintance). Of the stranger kidnappings, the vast majority happen either on the street, or the kid is lured into the kidnapper's car. There is almost no incidence of a kid being kidnapped from a home invasion.
And, sadly for parents of girls, the vast majority of stranger kidnappings are of girls.
So, turns out stranger kidnapping of boys from their home at night is pretty rare--one might even say, nonexistent.
Thank goodness! Knowledge really is power. For the first time in a long time, I slept like a baby last night.