Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Naptime is a Go

I am just about bursting with happiness and job satisfaction right now. Nutmeg appears to be sleeping in her crib, and this would mark the third day in a row she has fallen asleep for her nap in her crib, alone. Sure, a lot of parents -- most, even -- achieve this a long time before 14 months. But we did this without letting her cry -- ever. I can't describe the relief and yes, validation I feel right now. In recent months, as Nutmeg learned how to stay awake through even a marathon nursing session, I began to wonder if we were doing the wrong thing with attachment parenting, if maybe Dr. Sears was some evil cult leader determined to make sure millions of babies grow up as lifetime insomniacs, denied by their parents the opportunity to learn how to soothe themselves as an early age. But for the past three days, I've laid her down in the crib with her pacifier, covered her with a blanket, and walked out. Yes, I had to go back a few times, return her pacifier if she flung it across the room, maybe pick her up and rock her a little, but then I put her back, lay her back down, and left again. And eventually ... blessed silence.

As if that wasn't enough, there is the sleeping through the night too, although last night she woke up and was so insistent that she wanted to nurse that I gave in and let her. She just seemed really thirsty. Hopefully this won't take us back to square one -- we'll see on that tonight.

Today we visited our first preschool, a trilingual Montessouri school that takes kids starting at 18 months. I have many, many things to say about it, but my house is very messy and the Sharebear is coming tomorrow, so that will have to wait.

1 comment:

Kori said...

That's great news! I'm so glad to hear that Nutmeg is sleeping well---and you are able to enjoy it, too!