Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I never thought I would say this...

I really miss getting up with Eliza at night. Don't get me wrong, I love that she sleeps almost 12 hours every night, but I miss that snuggle time.

Eliza started sleeping through the night around 13 weeks, before that she only got up once at night. I am told how blessed I am, but even that once at night made me a zombie. We put Eliza in her room, in her crib, at 2 weeks old. Mark had to go back to work and Eliza is a VERY loud sleeper so she got booted out of our room. I never would have been able to do this if I didn't have our Angel Care Monitor. If you haven't heard of this monitor I recommend it for everyone! It is my new go to gift for baby showers. It has a pad that goes under the mattress and tracks the babies movement, if the baby doesn't move in 15 seconds an alarm goes off. The great part of this, it even tracks the movement of breathing, you are alerted if your child stops breathing.  I tend to have OCD and one of my obsessions when pregnant was SIDS, I did so much research to figure out what I could do to try to prevent it, that is how I found that monitor. The Angel Care monitor gives me such peace of mind!

OK back to zombie walking...When we put Eliza in her room she would get up about 2 am to eat, I would wander down the hall, change her and nurse her. That time with her was uninterrupted Mommy-Eliza time. No dogs barking, or phones ringing, just her and I snuggled in a blanket in her rocking chair. Many nights I fell asleep in that chair with her, I would wake up hours later to see that precious pumpkin asleep and smiling. As she got older she would call for me later and later until one night no call at all. I woke up at 5 am FREAKING out, I ran to her room convinced something was wrong. There was my princess snuggled up in her bed sound asleep. As the weeks went on she got up less and less frequently until she continuously slept through the night.

Now that she is older, and always on the move, she has less interest in snuggling. She knows she can move and doesn't want to be held back. I try to get her to snuggle with me but it just doesn't happen. Last week she woke up in the middle of the night, MOMMY TO THE RESCUE. I didn't think I would be so happy being woken up at 2 AM. All she wanted was a snuggle. We climbed in her rocker, wrapped in a blanket, and just cuddled. She instantly fell asleep and I sat there crying-yeah I'm emotional. I sat there for almost an hour just rocking and smiling. We haven't had that cuddle time in so long and I didn't realize how much I missed it.

Eliza, feel free to continue to sleep through the night, it is good for you, but please remember Mommy will always come running when you need her and will be smiling the whole time we snuggle.