Where are my babies? What have you done with them?
I used to have two cute little happy babies that would happily lull themselves to sleep...unassisted.
They played. They sang. They talked to each other. They walked around their cribs like it was the Modern Museum of Art.
Where have they gone? How has this Change come about?
Hailey is now taking up to an hour to put herself to sleep. She is standing in the corner of her crib - closest to the door (just so we don't miss a note) - and wailing away.
Is anything wrong? Nope...dry diaper, no boogies, has her bink, has her lovey, everything is perfect.
Except she won't lay* down and go to sleep. She just cries.
Trying the Ferber method, but it's not my friend this time. Every time she sees me, she reaches out with desperation I haven't seen since the Others were running away from the Black Smoke (Lost reference in case you don't watch the show). She clutches at the air just trying to get picked up...like she is scared, but what could she be scared of?
I get that she wants to spend more time with me. I'm fun...I read to her, laugh with her, tickle her, but Mama needs a break too!
I believe that Matt actually fell asleep standing up last night. He had been sleeping, but Hailey's cries woke him up (spontaneously causing his lovey and bink to levitate out of the crib). I went up there to soothe him, but he wouldn't lay* down. Twenty minutes later, I hear a noise. It's immediately followed by crying. Yes, Baby Boy had actually fallen asleep standing up and when his sleepy little legs wouldn't hold him up any longer, he fell down...well, duh. What did you think would happen?
Oh, and yes, this series of events woke Hailey from her hard earned slumber. Awesome...
How long has this been happening?
Not that long...
I'm so dramatic.
It's only been yesterday's nap and last night's bedtime...I'm such a loser.
I know that many parents have it much worse than this (rocking your child to bed? rubbing your child's back until he/she falls to sleep? picking your child up every time he/she cries? sleeping in the same bed with your child?)...there are certain things I just wouldn't do.
This Change is just not my cup of tea...sleep little babies...Mama needs some quiet time!
Cross your fingers that this will go back to normal...I may just lose my mind!
* - I am still struggling with when to use "lay" and when to use "lie." I hate grammatical errors when reading other people's blogs...can anyone think of a good method to use when trying to remember which word to use? Did I use it correctly in this post? I need a goddamn 8th grade English lesson to write my freaking blog...great!
It would make for some interesting blog posts though...hmmm...