Friday, April 11, 2008
It Could Be A Long Night
Before the accident and before Bennett was born, my plan was to have him sleep in a bassinette beside our bed for the first 3-4 months. However, being in a wheelchair, using a walker or crutches or a cane does not allow you to get up quickly to attend to a crying baby. And once I arrived, there wouldn't be much for me to do as I couldn't pick him up or go anywhere with him.
So, Jim and I decided that a co-sleeper would be the best thing. Bennett has slept beside me now for 15 months. It has worked out very well and I must confess that there is nothing I like better than rolling over and seeing his perfect little face sound asleep - a great way to pass the time on those nights I suffer from insomnia. The problem is that our little guy is becoming quite the expert at getting from a lying position to a sitting position. As a result the co-sleeper is not as safe for him anymore. Finally, we are trying the transition to a crib in his own room.
We started out with having him nap in the crib this week. That has gone very well. But tonight was the first time we tried the crib at bedtime. It did not go well at all- he protested quite loudly and as usual Daddy could only last about two minutes - I can do a lot better - I can usually last 5. Jim resorted to letting him fall asleep in our bed and then bringing him over to the crib - sneaky parents! What will he think when he wakes up? I think that he will not be impressed. We'll have the tv monitor on and we'll see if I can sleep or if I just stay up and watch all night. This is a hard move for me - even though he'll still only be about 25 feet away. I do hope it works out. As much as I love our peanut, it will be nice to have our bedroom back.
Wish us luck!