Saturday, November 19, 2011

We found Plan B

When Laci was a baby, we thought she was a great sleeper.  By the time she was 3 months old, she was sleeping 7 to 7.  The majority of the time, she woke up to eat and was right back to sleep.  We didn't rock her to sleep and she fell asleep on her own.  We did have a lot of those nights where she cried for hours but they didn't seem that often.  We still joke about the night I lost my mind due to her crying.  When she finally stopped crying, I could still hear crying.  I kept waking Charlie up and asking if she was crying because I couldn't tell it if was real or imaginary anymore.

We didn't know what good sleeping was until Calvin.  He put Laci to shame.  He never slept through the night until 11 weeks.  Even then, he usually ate and went right back to sleep.  Once we started, he never stopped sleeping through the night.  He rarely wakes up in the middle of the night - maybe once a month.  When he does wake up crying, we put a pacifier in his mouth and he is good to go.  He is so good, that we joke that we don't have Plan B.  Every parent knows their child and has several tricks up their sleeve to get them back to sleep.  We only know one way to comfort Calvin in the middle of the night.  If that doesn't work, there is no Plan B.

Last night, he woke up crying.  I slipped in there to give him his paci.  He reached up at me to pick him up and I ran out the door.  I woke Charlie up and told him to start thinking of a Plan B in case Calvin continued to cry.  A few minutes later, Charlie got up and started walking to the door.  He stood outside Calvin's door for a minute and the crying stopped.  He never even opened the door.  We have decided that Plan B is Charlie standing in the hallway outside the door.

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