September 24th, 2009
Lean in close, I don’t want Murphy (you know, of Murphy’s Law) to overhear this. I think that Miss Mouse and I are finally in a good place when it comes to bedtime and sleeping. Most nights, she goes to bed without a fuss and proceeds to sleep ten or eleven hours straight through.
I can’t speak for all families, but for ours, there were two key elements that, once in place, led to this new found state of rest.
#1 — A Healthy Baby
Well, duh. But seriously. Once we got Miss Mouse her ear tubes and cleared up the sinus infection that followed, she immediately started sleeping better. She’s relapsed a bit in the last week as she’s been battling an upper respiratory infection, but I know that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel when she’s healthy again.
#2 — A Little Space, Please!
These days, instead of rocking my girl to sleep and gingerly transferring her to bed, praying like heck she doesn’t wake up, I just set her down in bed — still awake — as soon as she finishes her bottle. She grabs PJ the Bunny by his ears and blinks sleepily up at me. A kiss on the head and I’m out the door. Usually, she doesn’t make a peep. It turns out, she actually prefers to go to sleep on her own. And it helps her go back to sleep on her own if she wakes in the night.