The Christmas Season is almost over …but not yet. It’s STILL Christmas until the Epiphany, which means I’m totally, completely justified in writing about a line from a Christmas Carol on January 1st, right?
Lately, I’ve been musing a lot about the last line from Silent Night ….you know, the one that goes “Sleep in Heavenly Peeeeace…..Sleeeeep in Heavenly Peace.”
What I want to know is exactly what is heavenly peace? And, how come my baby isn’t sleeping in it?
You see, with a young baby, the topic of sleep seems to come up a lot in conversations. And, I’m never quite sure how to answer the question on “how is she sleeping”. I just want to say “like a baby” and leave it like that, because well..she sleeps like a baby….which mean she wakes up a lot and doesn’t like to be put down.
The thing is, Elsa spends a good portion of the day, NOT napping..she is basically a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad napper.
This is how a typical Elsa nap goes..she is tired, she fusses, she nurses, she falls asleep and sleeps..oh…typically about 8 1/2 minute before *something* happens to wake her up. That something could be like
I dare to shift her in my lap..she wakes up
.I try to put her down…she wakes up.
Someone whispers near her…she wakes up.
A butterfly flaps its wings in China…she wakes up.
The only way she really naps well is if she is in the sling, and I’m basically
runningwalking a marathon. Don’t get me wrong…I love walking with her in the sling..but I generally can’t do that more than twice a day (once in the morning during *my* exercise and once in the evening when I take my kids.) Of course, if I did, I might be a lot skinnier. Alas, I have other duties I must attend to and other children that must do important things…like school..so I end up just holding her for most naps..which isn’t so bad because they only last about 8 1/2 minutes anyway and I can happily sit and surf the ‘net for 8 1/2 minutes.
And, that’s okay..because she is only 3 months old and a baby needs her mama..and that’s the way it’s supposed to be.
But nighttime on the other hand…nighttime is different. Nighttime sleep is glorious. We sleep cuddled up together and Elsa frequently goes 6 hours or so without waking up.
Ten years ago, when Heidi was born, someone gave us a beautiful bassinet. We set it up in the bedroom and that first night home from the hospital, I laid her in it and then went to bed and tried to go to sleep. Thirty seconds later, I popped out of bed and had to peek at her…just to make sure she will still breathing. I lied down again and tried to sleep…only to do another breathing check about a minute later.
Then I realized, I’ve never get any sleep that way, took her into bed with me and have been co-sleeping with babies ever since. (my kids typically move into their own bed and room sometime around age 3). There is nothing more delightful than cuddling up in bed with a sweet infant and falling asleep together while they nurse. That is what heavenly sleep must be like…snuggled up safely next to your most, very favorite person in world (and since I have the “nana” I’m obviously the most very favorite person in the world).
When I took Elsa to the doctor when she was only a few days old, the pediatrician asked where she slept and if she slept with me and when I answered in the affirmative she was all “oh, well, I did that too, but we don’t recommend it and I have to advise against it, even though I also co-slept with my kids”. At least she was nice about it.
I realize other people manage to get their babies to sleep in a crib and different sleeping arrangements work better for others..but co-sleeping always just felt so natural to me. Or maybe I’m just lazy and will do just about anything not to have to get up out of bed again (okay, no maybe about it..that is a definite).
Thankfully however, she does, on occasion, sleep by herself…here is photographic evidence…sometimes she even does this for up to 9.5 minutes at a time..which is what let me write this blog post.
But, now she is about to reach the 9.75 minute mark..so I best be off.
p.s Isn’t that hat just too adorable…I call it her “granny hat.”