Sleepy girl

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!

  1. Stephanie said:

    I love her room. It looks so peaceful and zen like.

    • Brit said:

      Thanks! At some point we will probably need to make it kid appropriate though. Chris has nine masks from his mask collection hanging on one wall (not shown) and at some point they are going to scare the bejeezus out of her. I guess we’ll let it go until she complains?

  2. I really like her nursery too! And I like the sound of your high-tech baby monitor.

    • Brit said:


      The monitor is pretty cool. We initially had an old school sound-only one, but Chris really wanted the high tech spy cam style one so we made an exchange for it. Until I started using it, I did not understand why the visual part of it was necessary, but I really like being able to look and see if she is just stretching and making noise or if her swaddle is undone and all heck is going to break loose *before* getting out of bed. The video screen definitlely eliminated half of the false alarms last night.

  3. Lisa said:

    Ditto on the pretty room. Glad you finally got some sleep in bed! On a side note, this story totally makes me even more wary of having kids someday. I really like sleep… 😉

    • Brit said:

      If it makes you feel better she just slept from 9:30 PM until 1:30 AM. I changed her, fed her, and had her back to sleep before 2:00. I’m not sure how the rest of the night will pan out, but Chris is on duty until morning, so tonight was pretty reasonable for me. If we can keep this up just four weeks in, I’ll be pretty happy with it.

  4. Heidi Nicole said:

    Wow…I seriously feel for your sleeping right now! Hopefully you get another nights sleep in your bed! If not, seriously consider blowing up an air mattress for the floor…might not bee beautiful but your back and beauty rest will thank you! We had one blown up in our living room for friends staying here – it may have stayed up an extra week just because it was so much more comfortable to stretch out on than the couch! 😉

    And that baby monitor?! Sounds freaking awesome!

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