December 16, 2003

Lullaby and Goodnight

Yesterday I was prepared to write a post about a major milestone for Kate; but now that another evening has gone by I am prepared to write about two. Let's just hope that they are not complete flukes and that we can expect to see the same events over and over again. I almost don't even want to mention what happened for the slightest chance that I could jinx us.

Let's start with milestone number one. With this one I must also admit a parenting embarrassment. I know Ken and I are not alone with this. I know there must be other parents out there that will do things or allow things to happen that they may not openly admit in public. Maybe it's because they will feel like total parental failures or maybe they're concerned that everyone else will think there's something wrong with their kid. But sometimes you just have to do what you have to do to make it all work...perhaps for a little extra sleep or a little extra quiet or a little extra peace.

Our admission: For the majority of the past 2 months Kate has been sleeping at nights in her...dare I say it...her swing. There, the cat is out of the bag. For whatever reason once we stopped swaddling our little sweet pea, she would not sleep in her crib or the bassinet. She refused, and her protests were probably heard by the neighbors down the street.

Of course you're probably thinking, "She liked the movement of the swing; it lulled her to sleep." Well, we never even turned it on. Kate just liked it, period. We've hypothesized a million reasons, including she liked to sit upright, she didn't like to feel secluded behind the walls of her crib or she just didn't like all of that extra space to move her limbs freely.

Anyway, just because she had given up on her crib or bassinet, didn't mean we did. Sooner or later she would grow out of the swing, then what would we do? So, every week we would try to reintroduce her crib or bassinet during nap time without much success.

Then, this past weekend we purchased the Sassy Curved Back and Side Sleeper. I think it's more of a lucky charm than anything. But whatever it is, it worked. Two nights ago Kate slept for 4 hours straight in the bassinet. When she finally woke up for her middle of the night feeding, we were amazed at how long she had gone. Of course getting her back to sleep in the bassinet is another whole story but I attribute that problem to a little late night gas.

Our luck doesn't stop there. Last night not only did our little princess sleep in her bassinet again, but she also slept for a whole 6 hours, which is also considered as "sleeping through the night." Talk about being amazed. We only wish we knew what combination of events made this happen, so we could do them again and again. For our sakes keep your fingers crossed that a trend has begun and that Ken doesn't have to start making plans for a giant swing in the house.

Here are pictures of our little Kate catching some ZZZzzzs in her bassinet last night. Little did I know at the time of the pictures that she would embark on a 6-hour journey with her friends Winking, Blinking and Nod.

Posted by Jean-Marie at December 16, 2003 02:22 PM
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Sounds like you guys are off to a fine start. So glad to see Ken is motivated and involved. Posted by: Paul at November 11, 2004 03:44 PM
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