Shhhhhh…

September 24th, 2009

Shhhh….

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.

Hallelujah.

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.

Go figure.

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