Feb 28, 2011

Where There's a WILL...

This past weekend Reagan and I undertook the difficult task of trying to break Sara Madalin from sleeping in our bed. We've never really let her sleep with us much, and she's never wanted to either... until recently. I'd say once she turned 2-years-old and we put her in her twin size bed, the issue of her coming into our bed began.

She was always such a good baby and slept so well. From 6 weeks on she slept through the night, with the exception of growth spurts and periods of teething. But once she was mobile and could crawl out of her bed and walk to ours during the night, she's wanted to sleep with us more and more. To be specific, she's wanted to sleep with ME more and more. And with Reagan being gone at night a few times recently, and her being sick for what seemed like a month, I've let her sleep with us some. Then, we decided it was time for her to go back to her bed. She didn't agree with that decision. It seems that every night over the past 2 weeks she's started coming to our bed earlier and earlier every night. It would start where she'd come in there around 5:00 and fall back asleep between us. And that was so sweet and she loves to cuddle, so we loved it. Then, she started showing up on my side of the bed at 2:00 a.m. Then around midnight. Until finally, one night last week, she came in there a little after we'd gone to bed around 10:00. We'd put her down in her bed and almost before we could get back to our bed, there she was, right back at our bedroom door.

For a few nights, I was just too tired to fight her. Then, Saturday night, I told Reagan, we've got to break her of this or it's only going to get more difficult. So, when she came into our room Saturday night around 11:30, I got up and put her back in her bed. And we went back and forth for the next 2 hours. Once she finally settled back down and fell asleep, it was only about an hour before she was up again. Reagan and I kept taking turns all night putting her back to bed. We did this all night until around 6:30 when I decided I might as well get up and get ready for church. Reagan said he counted and we put her to bed no less than 12 times Saturday night. We were exhausted by the time we went to church Sunday morning. And by the time we got home Sunday afternoon we ate and fell asleep in a matter of minutes. All in our bed. We figured since it was nap time and not bed time, it didn't count toward her having to sleep in her bed. We all slept for about 2 1/2 hours. And it was good.

When we got up, Reagan prepared some pimento and cheese for our friend Amy. She had a baby a couple weeks ago and we planned to visit her for a few minutes Sunday night. Her only request was Reagan's pimento and cheese. She loves it. Sara Madalin wanted to help Reagan while he was making it. He let her pour the pimentos into the cheese mixture.

After they were done, we all got ready and went to visit with Mrs. Brown for a little while in the nursing facility where she has been for the past month. She was moved to a facility closer to her home today. She was eating her dinner when we got by to see her Sunday night.

After we left her, we drove north to see Amy, Craig, and baby Will. He is a beautiful baby. Here Sara Madalin and I are with Will right after he'd polished off his dinner.

Sara Madalin was very sweet to him. She kept wanting to kiss his feet. She was very curious about everything that was baby related and wanted to touch all the toys in his room. But overall, she was very good in his presence. I have to say, I was surprised.

Here's a picture of Will and Rea-Rea.

As we were leaving, Sara Madalin gave everyone hugs and kisses (Craig's parents and sister were there as well) and then she turned to Will. I think that his grandmother was holding him at the time, and SM asked, "Him come home wiff me?" Everybody laughed. It was funny and sweet. I think she just thought he was a baby doll. I told Amy we would keep him for her if I didn't know for certain that he would want and need his mommy in just a short while after we left.

And in case you are dying of suspense, SM was put down again in her bed Sunday night. She slept there for most of the night and I only had to get up with her 2-3 times. Now, she was up and ready for the day at 6:00 a.m., but at least she stayed in her bed better than the night before. As Reagan keeps reminding me, consistency is key. I'm hoping that by the end of the week, unless she's sick again, we'll be back on our night time routine and she'll sleep all night in her bed again.

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