22 September 2009

Eamon vs Sleep, Redux

Eamon has slept remarkably well throughout his life. Rarely does he awaken during the night and when he does, putting his pacifier in his mouth gets him back to sleep. Since he figured out how to do that on his own about 2 weeks ago, I barely hear a peep from him once he's in bed.

I do not mention this, dear reader, to make you angry at the remarkable luck with which we have been bestowed, but rather to illustrate why last weekend was so crazy.

On the weekends, Kate and I like to spend as much time as possible with Eamon, which usually means that the person getting up with him would also nap with him. He is such a cuddler that the practice was pleasant for all involved (even Kate, who isn't much of a cuddler). However, it seems this practice was getting Eamon in the habit of sleeping with someone all the time. Once he figured out how to sit up (see previous post), he was reluctant to soothe himself back to sleep. Apparently, learning that one can sit up does not necessarily mean that one also learns to lie down.

All of these things came to a head last Sunday, when Eamon took FOREVER to fall asleep, then was awake an hour later, screaming his head off. This was unfortunate for me, since the Cowboys were playing their first game in their new stadium. Being a good father, I then decided to allow my son to watch his first Cowboys night game. Ok, so he played on the floor while I watched, but he did look up at the TV every once and a while. At the end of the 1st quarter, I took him in to sleep with Kate. Side note: DVR is the best invention ever.

This episode repeated itself Monday night, with Eamon strenously objecting to going to sleep alone (and by "strenuously object" I mean "screamed his lungs out for 90 minutes"). Kate and I decided to just let him scream it out, and it worked. While he did have to get rocked to sleep after his marathon (for him) session, Tuesday was a breeze. Problem solved. For now.

In other news, we bought a house today and Eamon goes for his 9 month check up Wednesday. Updates on the transition will follow.

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