Monday, June 18, 2012

Empty Nest


Last night there were big changes over at my place people.  BIG CHANGES!  While it was probably another night for you with the same routine of tucking in the kids, there was a minor tweak in my bedtime routine.  It involved a detour of placing Mateo in his crib in the nursery to sleep instead of the bassinet beside my bed.

I had been preparing mentally for this for months.  I felt like I was never going to be ready to allow my child to sleep in a different room.  But after the previous night, something snapped and I actually DECIDED it was time.  I rustled the covers; Mateo would wake up.  Hubby started snoring; Mateo would wake up.  The dog started scratching himself; Mateo would wake up.  Doing the math, I realized there were 5 bodies inhabiting my master bedroom, including the dog.  It was just too much.  How could anyone get a good nights' sleep?

As I placed Mateo in his crib, I felt a bit of sadness but I knew it was for the best.  I kept telling myself that it was exactly like when he sleeps in his crib during the day, only now it was night.  I left our door and Mateo's door open and I tiptoed out of the nursery to find my toddler, Mr. "I don't want to sleep in the bed and will kick and scream to sleep on the couch" sitting and relaxing on the couch with his Kindle Fire.

"Diego, do you want to go take a nap with us?" I asked.  "No!" he replied.  Exhausted due to the week of sleep deprivation I simply gave up and said, "OK, Mama's going to sleep.  Give me a kiss." and he did.  I left him there safe on the couch in the dark playing on his Kindle. 

Hubby and I started to get ready for bed.  Suddenly, Guess Who came hopping into the bedroom with his Kindle and plopped himself onto his spot in the bed and snuggled in?  I whispered to Hubby, 'don't make a big deal about it, just ignore it.'

And we all fell asleep.  The night enveloped our house with sweet dreams until 4:45am when I woke up to hear Mateo starting to stir.  It was a successful night, but it still saddens me deeply that Mateo is no longer in our room. 

"I don't want to close my eyes. I don't want to fall asleep, cuz I'd miss you baby.  And I don't want to miss a thing" - Aerosmith

Deep Aerosmith, deep... - Shirley


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I remember making the big switch over with Ethan. I was not ready but he was waking up so much during the night. One day I got a sleep deprived crazy idea to make the big switch out of desperation. The funny thing is he slept better. I soon figured out it was because he rolls around so much. He had a lot more space in his crib versus the bassinet. Wishing you continue success!