It’s harder to put Jade to bed, and that’s a good thing

22 May
Jade has just gone through a patch of 3 or 4 weeks of troubled night-time sleep.  It’s amazing how much my very personality can change when dealing with the chronic fatigue that comes of multiple wakings in the night.  I get moody, depressed, pessimistic, and I can’t stop eating.  Also, I require a daily dose of chocolate.
 
I don’t know if the rough sleeping schedule is done with for now (only to return again, rest assured!), but last night Jade was actually in her crib for 10 hours straight.  But that’s not really the big news. 
 
I have to admit that in the past, we have sometimes had to let her cry for a few minutes because she didn’t want us to leave the room, but simply wouldn’t go to sleep if we were there.  It’s painful, but there is also admittedly a certain amount of relief in leaving her to sort things out for herself.  (I know, I know, the attachment-parenting folks are shaking their heads at me.)  More often, Jade was actually asleep (there go the Baby Whisperers disapproving), or else she was drowsy but awake and put herself to sleep quietly, which, of course, was the ideal situation.
 
But for the past three nights, it’s been even better.  I have been having trouble putting Jade to bed.  Well, just having trouble leaving her room, actually.  The thing is, for the past three nights, when I put her down her in her crib, Jade has been GIGGLING HER HEAD OFF!  She squeals when I put her in.  She giggles when I lean in to kiss her goodnight.  Because it’s so fun, I kiss her through the bars of the crib.  Sometimes, it’s her forehead, sometimes it’s her toes.  Both are equally funny.  Sometimes she flips onto her tummy (her preferred sleep position) and giggles, sometimes she stands up and prances around her crib.  And giggles.  Last night, I came back into the room twice after starting to leave because I couldn’t bear to stop being the source of all this jollity.
 
The best part is that after I leave, she keeps babbling to herself (and even giggling at times) until she falls asleep.  This, my friends, is better than chocolate.
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One Response to “It’s harder to put Jade to bed, and that’s a good thing”

  1. Nemmy May 27, 2007 at 3:35 pm #

    Awww.. that\’s just the cutest story. And don\’t you listen to anyone but your own gut!! You\’re an amazing parent and have a lovely, well-adjusted, and pleasant girl to prove it. 🙂 (P.S. You wrote "nice" instead of "niche" in your dog-clothes post)

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