Sunday, March 20, 2011

Owners Manual

I'm certain there's about a million different opinions about what to do when your 7 month old baby wakes up in the middle of the night, and only wants to play. It was 2am this morning when I heard Jonah fussing in bed next to me. So, I did the first thing I always do, nurse him til he's well-filled, until he passes back out, a belly full of warm milk. It usually only takes one "side", before he drifts back into happy, sleep-land.
But that didn't work this time. He was still fussing. So, I tried the other side. Then back to the other side. Then back to the other side, until it was very clear to me that he wasn't going back to sleep, no matter how many "sides" I gave him!

There's no baby owner's manual that tells you what to do in this instance. There's only what you feel in your heart is right. It's 2am, I'm half asleep and exhausted, and all I want to do is drift back into my own happy sleep-land. But here I am, rolled up in a blanket on the floor of the toy room, watching this sweet baby.......play.

The whole time I kept thinking, "He's so adorable! So cute and lovable!He can do no wrong in my eyes,
not even at 2 am!Tomorrow's gonna be tiring."
Here's a small peek into my morning this morning. (Note the toys he played with are things I don't usually give him: my camera case, a balloon, and the snot bulb. Anything to please a baby at this too-early hour, right parents?):

2:00am:



2:30 am


3:00am



3:30am



4:00am:



4:30am,
back to sleep, drifting into that happy place we love. Silly baby.

3 comments:

arianne said...

Ha ha! You made me laugh out loud. This is the cutest post ever.

P.S. Get a nap today.

boysrus said...

ohmygoodness, Sally, your post reminded me so clearly of something I wrote when Boy Blue was seven months old:
http://boysrus.wordpress.com/2007/11/19/i-eat-cupcakes-for-breakfast/

There's no owner's manual (except prayer!) but I find comfort in knowing that others have gone through the same thing. Happy nappy, mamma, you need it!

Sallyseashell said...

Oh that's so sweet. You are so good at artistically expressing your stories! I love it.