One of the things on our to-do list for the summer is to get Addie on a good sleeping schedule, and preferrably sleeping in her crib. Even though I don't mind co-sleeping, for a variety of reasons it seems to have run its course (partly because she wants to nurse all night long, making me a very tired mamma; and partly because the other girls never remember to be quiet when they come wake us up in the morning, which leads to Addie waking up in the morning, which leads to grumpiness all the way around). At the very least, Little Miss has to learn to take naps in her crib because now that she's fully mobile that's the safest place for her.
When it comes to sleeping, Addie does not like her crib.
And she'll tell you that; you don't even have to speak Baby to figure out she doesn't think her crib is for sleeping.
She'll play in there. She'll sit in there. She'll even lay down and tell long and imaginative stories in there. But sleep?
She'd rather sleep just about anywhere else. My arms. Her swing. The Ergo. A blanket outside on the grass. Probably her first choice for naps is in her carseat because that's what she's used to. During the school year, her nap schedule was determined by my commute. She'd nap on my way to class; she'd nap on the way back. On the days I didn't teach, I just did errands during her napping hours. She's so used to sleeping in her carseat she won't even fuss much about it. At naptime, I put her in there, and she falls asleep.
But it's time to make the switch and get her used to her crib, at least for some of her sleeping. And since Jason and I trade off days to sleep in during the summer, then now is the time to figure it out. Because once the school year starts up again, I'd rather not be doing the sleep deprivation act.
I was hoping those stuffed animals would give Addie a good pep talk about sleeping in her crib. We'll see.
PS: Of course, I don't let her sleep with all those animals in the crib with her. It was just for the photo. And the pep talk.
PPS: For more of Addie's Numbers, click here.