Sunday, January 30, 2005

O Blessed Sleep!

We reached two major milestones here at Stately Darn Floor Manor this weekend.

First, this morning were very late for church because we failed to set the alarm. We haven't needed to set an alarm around here since Lid was born. We still do, out of habit, but Lid is generally up before the alarm can go off anyway. She rarely sleeps past 6:30 am, and is usually standing in her crib shrieking before 5:30. On rare occasions she has slept until 7:00 am.

This morning she slept until 8:00 am!

That figure is a little deceptive, because she was awake at 4:45 am, but I managed to coax her back to sleep. Even so, when this happens (and it does . . . often) she still wakes up around 6 am anyway -- and stays up. Not so this morning. As a result, we got up late and missed the first 15 minutes of the service. But we were all well-rested!

In the evenings, Lid will usually need to have some milk and a book while sitting on my wife's lap before sleep kicks in. When it's clear that she's on her way to the land of nod, too tired to protest much, I take her to her crib. This evening she was sitting on the floor playing with her books, and showing the signs of sleepiness. She toddled over and grabbed my wife's hand and urged her toward her bedroom. She made it clear that she wanted to be taken to her crib. She initiated it.

So we complied, and she fell asleep very quickly.

Two sleep-related milestones in one day.

No, I don't expect these incidents to repeat themselves regularly, but I now have some hope that this may develop into a habit someday.


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