I started to write last night about my ‘new’ car, how I still haven’t driven it yet, and why I was so frustrated by that. I will probably get to that eventually as I am guessing that it will be an ongoing problem, but today I have something far more exciting to talk about.
Last night Chris and I went to sleep in the same bed for probably the first time since I left India in November.
‘Normal’ sleep was first inhibited by geographic separation, then by the ensuing jet lag. Finally, just as Chris’ jet lag subsided, Kai arrived.
At first I had delusions that she would sleep peacefully in her crib for four hour stretches with us waking up briefly a few times per night for a quick feeding and diaper change. Unfortunately, reality quickly set in and we found ourselves trading shifts of sleeping on the floor next to Kai’s crib.
We were quick to learn that the best way to get her back to sleep after her not so quick feedings and diaper changes was to catch her before she was fully awake. If her wakefulness progresses to a full-on cry, it can take hours to get her settled down and back to sleep again. Sleeping by her side seemed to be the only way to detect her stirrings soon enough.
From my bedtime until her second wake-up, nightly at precisely 1:20 AM, I slept on the white carpet next to her crib. Each morning, at twenty after one, I tag Chris in for his early morning shift on the floor.
While this system works well, sleeping on the floor is exhausting. I finally had enough of it last night and I decided to take my chances sleeping in bed for a full night with our high tech baby monitor next to my pillow. [Would you believe that it has a remote control camera that can pan the entire nursery and gives a great picture, even in the dark?] It was glorious. I don’t have delusions that it will work out so perfectly tonight, but, for today, I will enjoy the wakeful aftermath of my first full night of bed sleep in nearly a month.
Kai, let’s please do this again tonight!