Monday, January 24, 2011

The Moon is Baby's Best Friend

When we brought Bastian home from the hospital he would sleep just about anywhere... in the arms of anyone who would hold him, his cradle, the car-seat, our bed... anywhere. It wasn't long however before we found out (as most new parents quickly do) that this was a temporary condition. More like a cruel trick to lure us into a false sense of competence regarding our newborn's sleep habits. A similar ruse took place a few weeks later when he slept 7 or 8 hours straight every night for almost a full week. It has not happened again since. 

After those first few days he would sleep in his cradle now and then for short periods of time but he woke up more often and more angry. We were all exhausted due to countless unanticipated feeding problems, and so if he feel asleep in our arms we let him stay there in hopes that we could get at least a little bit of shut eye ourselves. Of course that backfired and soon he wouldn't sleep anywhere but on us (or I should say on me, because Jason was unable to fall asleep with baby on chest). We considered it a huge success when he became willing to sleep on his back on the bed between us! But small improvements aside we hit a breaking point... he passed up his four month marker and was still waking up several times a night, not going to sleep until 11:00 or 12:00 at night, every night, and no longer willing to even attempt sleeping in the cradle (which he had outgrown anyways).

Last week my Dad came over with the crib we had been storing in their garage to trade us out for the cradle. Trying to figure out how we would fit the thing in our one bedroom was somewhat of a nightmare... but to be honest I'm kind of relieved that the change pushed us into getting rid of some furniture we didn't actually need. I love the idea of a minimalist home, but I don't know that I would ever obtain it without extreme coercion. Pressing needs, like, you know, a decent night's sleep, do help (the amount of drop offs we've made at Goodwill in the past 6 months alone likely exceed my lifetime's worth of donations up until that point). Having a kid ultimately makes you reevaluate what is important in your lives (material stuff and otherwise).  Right now I'd have to say sleep is currently gunning for the top of the list.

The transition is proving to be difficult, which I had anticipated. Yet another thing to add to the list of  "It gets worse before it gets better" challenges.

The crib was purchased at a local thrift store for under $20 

it was the same exact one we registered for 

only $180 cheaper. 

My mother lovingly striped and repainted it this amazing shade of orange... matches his stuffed octopus just perfectly. 

Why, hello Moon!
It's mighty nice to make your acquaintance.
I'll See you again soon
Same time, same place
Right back here, tomorrow night.


  1. He is so precious! I especially like the one of the octopus eating his head and of course the cute little bum at the end. Hope the sleeping gets better for you in his new bed.

  2. I like the octopus on the head the best!

    Now if only we could get him to sleep there too!

  3. The orange is stunning (how great that your Dad is there to help) and love the little pictures of him and the octopus. Yes sleep...aaah!


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