Growing Up

I was reading on Kelly's Korner the other day about how she put her daughter down for a nap WHILE SHE WAS STILL AWAKE. And obviously she just expected her to go to sleep on her own. Was she serious? Does that really happen? Is she the only one, or do other mothers get their babies to do that too? Most importantly, can I get my baby to do that?

Apparently so. I put Emily in her crib about 10 minutes ago with her paci and her mobile music playing, and now she is sound asleep. Hallelujah! Emily is such an easy baby except when it comes to naptime and bedtime. I know I've mentioned this before, but usually Emily falls asleep while she's nursing and as soon as I try to lay her down, she wakes up, and then I'm stuck on the couch holding her for the rest of her nap. Bedtime has always been a bit easier, except for the whole Emily sleeping in our room (and most of the time, in our bed) thing. 

We have been trying to transition her into her crib, and honestly, she is doing a whole heck of a lot better with it than I am. Last night she slept in her crib until she woke up at 5 a.m. to eat, and instead of feeding her in her room and putting her back to bed in her crib, I just scooped her up and brought her back to bed with me. To be perfectly honest, I want her in the bed with me, but because Denny has some major sleep issues, it's just not working out for us. There have even been a few nights (and I'm sort of halfway ashamed to admit this) that Emily and I have slept on the couch together. What can I say? I love having her close by, and it makes me feel so much better knowing she is right beside me if something bad should happen. 

I feel like I am constantly digging my heels into the dirt, trying to stop time, or at least slow it down a little, and the whole time she just keeps growing up. Each day that goes by I see changes in her and I just wish there was a way to press pause for a while. Co-sleeping with her is one of the last "baby" things that she does, and for that reason, I hate to see it go. I feel like I'm losing my baby, but at the same time, I am so proud of my big girl.


LeAnna said...
September 28, 2009 at 10:56 PM

Oh goodness, this sounds just like my son. He just turned 8 months old, but around 5 months we started transitioning him to his crib, going through the whole bad napping/bed time stuff. Finally (finally!!!) he started putting himself to sleep, and has been for a few months. I too missed co sleeping, but I was surprised at how much better he slept once we moved him to his crib. It's so bittersweet seeing them grow up...

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