Wearing her down

8 Sep

Is it the almost-full moon1 or what?  Both girls just would not go to sleep tonight.  No, that’s not quite accurate.  Halia would go to sleep, but she wouldn’t stay asleep.  Between 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. I must have tried to put her to bed five or six times.

At one point, I’d given up and brought her upstairs, since supper was almost ready.  I let her play while Michael and I ate.  After I finished eating, I popped into the office to check my messages when I heard Michael say, “Jade, what are you doing out of bed?”

There was Jade, standing near the top of the stairs, though unable to come all the way up because the baby gate was in the way.2

When she saw Halia, I knew the jig was up.  Why should she be in bed when her baby sister wasn’t?

“Halia was asleep, but she woke up,” I hurried to explain.  “And now she’s going back to bed,” I went on, scooping the baby up.

Only she wouldn’t.

By 10:30 I had had it.  Michael was still in Jade’s room trying to get her to sleep and the dog hadn’t yet been walked.  I bundled Halia onto my back in my Storchenwiege wrap and headed out into the night.  She finally fell asleep about halfway through the walk.  She even slept through the whole transfer of getting her off my back, getting her hat and shoes off, knocking my shoulder into the wall on my way down the hall, and finally laying her down in her crib.

“Heh,” I thought.  “I wore her down.”3

I just hope it lasts.

1. Waning gibbous with 83% of the Moon’s visible disk illuminated, if you want to know the exact truth.

2. Ironically, my big plans for the evening had been to run down to our local big box block to buy a doorknob cover for Jade’s room; a couple of weeks ago she finally figured out how to open doors on her own and I’m afraid it’s become a bit of a hazard with her running unsupervised up the stairs when she wakes up in the morning.

3. Get it?  Babywearing?  Get it?  Damn, it’s late and I’ve totally lost my funny.

5 Responses to “Wearing her down”

  1. Kara September 8, 2009 at 11:56 pm #

    Uuggg! No fun at all. At least it was a night where you were both home and you weren’t handling that on your own.

  2. Suzanne September 9, 2009 at 4:44 am #

    re: footnote#3
    i thought it was funny…

    re: footnote#2
    don’t count on it keeping her in there for more than a few weeks, because she’ll probably figure out how to manipulate it — although there will be more [audible] warning as the plastic rattles around on the knob for a few seconds before she gets it to stick or pries it open.

  3. Jenny September 9, 2009 at 7:05 am #

    Last night Naomi woke about 3 times. Well didn’t even really wake! Just got up on her knees I touched her back and she laid right back down. But it was like every 3-4 hours and I just gave up on ever getting any real deep sleep!

  4. Captain Momma September 9, 2009 at 6:05 pm #

    The kids slept but we couldn’t! LOL! The girl would not sleep today…until she had pooped up her back and was happily lying there much more contented!!!


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