Yesterday our Dr. suggested putting Bella down in her crib for naps during the daytime, to get used to being in there. See, I don’t know how this happened, but for the past 2 months of her life, my child has never been in her crib. I spend HOURS in her nursery, planning and dreaming, painting and decorating. Then she was born and decided she would sleep on me or her bouncy chair. We even had her in our bed for a while (something I swore I would never do with my child) until her acid reflux became so bad that we were tired of sleeping in vomit and she was tired of vomiting. The bouncy props her enough that it helps tremendously with that.
So we’ve used her perfect little room for diaper changing. And that is all. But today I decided she was going to nap in there. She naps in the swing usually, out in the living room where every little noise has me jumping over to see what’s wrong, where her paci never stays in her mouth and she fusses for an hour before passing out. I was excited to have her in her crib, with the monitor on, and to be able to get things done around the house while she slept. I was going to have the house cleaned and maybe take a shower. In peace.
I placed her in, and somehow she didn’t need a soothie (phew), and I waited a few minutes while she fought sleeping (when she’s about 2, I think nap times will bring many tears to both of us) and then she passed out. I mean, gone. No noises, no grunting, nothing. Just totally out.
Naturally, when I realized how asleep she was, and that this usually means that she will be asleep for at least 2 hours, what did I do? Laundry? Cleaning? Enjoy a cup of tea in silence?
Nope. I was so nervous about not being able to see her, I brought my laptop into her nursery and am now sitting in my Lazy Boy anxiously peering into her crib to make sure she is still alive. I’ll probably be here until she wakes up. Every few minutes I give her a soft poke to see if everything is ok.
I might as well just set up a bed in here too. Because her sleeping in her at night eventually will really make me a mess. Nice.