The exhausted parents of young children know that waking up at odd hours of the morning and night to care for their little ones is typically par for the course. But in this viral TikTok, posted by writer and mom of six, Gloria McIntosh, or @gloriaugly on the social platform, we see that sometimes, the whole family steps in to help on these sleepless nights.
The mom shared how one of her older kids graciously “steps up” to tend to his baby brother when he woke up at 3:00 A.M. so that his tired parents wouldn’t have to wake up. And, luckily for us, that adorable scene was captured on video. His mother posted the video of Mason taking care of his younger sibling on TikTok on Dec. 20, and it has since garnered upwards of 4.6 million “likes” and it’s still growing.
So how did the heartwarming scene unfold? Well, 10-year-old Mason heard his 18-month-old brother Greyson wake up in the middle of the night and went in to try to lull him back to sleep . In the clip, Mason takes his baby brother out of his crib, the two play with Greyson’s toys and read together to help settle Greyson down. Eventually, Mason gently places Greyson back into his crib — before he, himself, climbs into it with him.
Apparently Mason thought that his parents were still sleeping when Greyson woke up, although in reality they had been watching Mason’s kind gesture on a baby monitor. Gloria soon came in to help get Greyson back to sleep when it was clear he wasn’t going to fall asleep.
In an interview with TODAY Parents, Gloria says that when she was watching the tender scene unfold she “was smiling the whole time.” She adds that Mason “has a love for Greyson that is unspeakable. I can’t even really explain it.”
According to mom, Mason decided to soothe his little brother in an effort to help her out after she had a long day. She explains, “I asked him, ‘Why did you just come and get me in the first place?’” and “He was just like, ‘you had a big day and I just wanted you to get some rest.'”
“I’m sure Mason was tired and cranky. He was woken up at 3 a.m.,” Gloria explained. “But how you saw him treat his brother is how he is. He steps up.
Mason is certainly an incredible big brother!