Friday, November 10, 2006

She did it! Los hicimos!

Our daughter is such a brave little soldier. It took her a very long time to fall asleep last night without her bippy. She was probably also a little too excited to sleep. She was quiet for an hour, then called for me. It's pretty unusual for us to hear from her these days once she's gone to bed. I went in and lay down with her briefly, kissed her and gaver her a stuffed lion to cuddle at her request. A few minutes later she called me again. This time I took her to the bathroom and, again on request, moved her from the bed to the crib. (We started giving her a choice between the queen-sized bed in her room and the crib about a month ago, when the weather got chilly. The bed has warmer quilts.) Then I got firm with her and told her that if she cried again, I would have to turn off her San Francisco lamp (kind of like this) the most beloved of her two nightlights.

That was it. She went to sleep. She never asked for a bippy, although they were definitely on her mind. While lying in bed, she had thought she saw another bippy under her changing table, and insisted on getting up to check. It was just a sock.

So before he came to bed at around 1:30 (HE'S the problem child in the house), Epu removed the bowl of bippies from her windowsill and replaced them with the camera. She woke up a little before dawn, crying and asking to come into our bed, but STILL didn't ask for a bippy. I told her she had to wait until it got light out. When she got up for real, she saw the camera and immediately turned it on and started snapping with delight. Yes, I will post some of her pictures, which are improving already. But she's at Grandma's house with the camera tonight, so I will have to wait until after the weekend.

This morning, we talked about what the bippy fairy might have done with her pacifiers. I think I had told her awhile back that she brings them to babies who need them.

"I think she brought the bippies to Grammy's work," Nutmeg told me. "Because there are BABIES there!"

My mom works at a hospital in labor and delivery. I did not tell Nutmeg that it's not recommended to give an infant a pacifier until breastfeeding is well established, ideally not until 6 weeks of age.


Anonymous said...

Whoohoo! Go Nutmeg! And good job for Mommy and Daddy!

Bert said...

Hooray for the Nut! Please tell her I'm really proud of her! I had a hard time letting go of my bippy. I still distinctly remember it, actually. For real.

Notta Wallflower said...

Oh boy... giving up of the bippy is tough. I'm glad you mentioned about the pacifier and nursing - I had no idea. Bippies are a life-saver though - K had one until he was Nut's age. That was his most difficult childhood habit to break.