From the the first day Lydia got home from the hospital, she slept in her own bed. First it was a sweet little wooden crib of my grandmother’s. Then it was the plastic monstrosity called the pack-n-play. After several weeks, she moved into her beautiful big girl crib in her very own room. She has never, not even one time slept in our bed.
Until last night.
My dh was out of town. Lydia went to bed late because of a late nap. So, I assumed she’d sleep late this morning. But lo and behold, at 6:13am, she woke up screaming. I did what every good mom did…sat up and tried to understand what was going on. I gave her about 30 seconds to see if she was just dreaming and would fall back to sleep. No such luck. When I finally got into her room, she was just standing in her crib sobbing. I picked her up and then sat down in her rocker. She laid her head down but didn’t fall asleep.
I knew she still needed to sleep but didn’t want to deal with the screaming, so I said, “Do you want to sleep with mommy?” She nodded and we walked into my room. She laid right down on my pillow, thumb in mouth and went to sleep.
This was the first time I got to experience up close the amazing thing called Lydia sleeping. Lydia is a thumb sucker & hair twirler. She had her little pointer finger twirling the hair while her thumb was stroking the hair. Her little legs would kick every once in awhile. And my favorite, the loud sucking noises. (I can interpret those little noises now. I know which one is the tired suck! If she starts doing that one, you better get her in the bed quick!)
She fell asleep for about an hour. Then suddenly, I felt a pat pat pat on my face. She was wide awake and asking for milk. Now we’re eating breakfast and watching Elmo. Looks like early naps are in order for baby & mommy today!