It's hard to be a gangsta!
Manya is now living in a world of relative routine. Most parents agree that creating a bed time and nap time routine is beneficial for building solid sleep habits in children. As parents with little experience (we're only 10 months into making mistakes with this child) and having lived through a wave or two of the ever exciting sleep regression, building a routine was a logical progression from our previous organized chaos. We're not sticklers for exact to the minute schedules. More often than not, even if we try to create a blow by blow routine, we end up totally throwing it out of wack every other day.
Manya is teething all at once. She has two cute bottom teeth that are totally adorable and a mouth full of gums that are sore and sore and sore and horrible. The aching pain comes randomly, often at night, and distrupts her sleep. One day, one side of her mouth is purple and sore. Then next, nothing. Each time her mouth aches her nose swells a little, boogers run and her nose gets clogged. It's a rough life for our little cutie.
Despite the teething pains, the swollen mouth, and the snotty nose, Manni has fallen into a bit of a sleeping pattern and is able to put herself to bed (sort of) and stay asleep even if she wakes up during the course of the night - horray! It's still a daily adventure and the other night we had our most memorable sleep experience yet.
As we discussed before, we dabble in the Cry It Out (CIO) Method. We don't have the heart to let her cry to the point of near sickness but we do let her work on putting herself to sleep via a little tears. Recently Manni's gotten to the point where she cries for just a few seconds sometimes and barely two minutes other times. It's amazing. Due to the teething sometimes we aren't so successful. This one time she was upset on and off for almost 40 minutes. It was quite unusual. She'd be quiet and then cry and then quiet, and then cry, on and off, on and off. Rather than entering her room and test the fury of an upset baby, we checked on her via the Manya-nitor.
I wish I had the poise to have video taped what I saw, but parental instinct kicked in too quickly. On the monitor Manya had - in a sleep induced haze - pulled herself into a sitting position and passed out. She sat there rocking back and forth and side to side like a drunken sailor, bopping her head into the crib post (its padded) over and over again in slow motion. With each knock she'd barely wake herself up enough to whine. I ran into the room and with a gentle and swift flip I put her square on her back and after five seconds of crying she was out for the night.
Nothing quite like a baby who falls asleep sitting up.
No sleep walking please.
Manya doesn't need anything with her for comfort to fall asleep but if she had to chose it would be a small white sleep blanket.
Manya's sleep blanket is a small square of fabric attached to a stuffed bunny. For the past nine months we referred to this bunny as Manni's Ninjinti. It's called her Ninjinti because it says "Ninjinti" on the small square blanket. Great story right? Well what exactly is a Ninjinti? We have no idea... well, now we know thanks to the infernets and the internets. Apparently Ninjinti is a Dutch little white bunny. I never would have guessed. Google told me that much. How it got to our home or why a bunny is called a Ninjinti or how you pronounciate Ninjinti correctly is beyond me but if it gets baby Manni to sleep every night then Ninjinti is out best friend. And it's fun to say.
Nin- jin- teeeeeeee!!!!!!!
I am easily amused.
BTW this is not the only time I've been confused by lettering on baby stuff. For three months baby Manni wore a onesie with words separated by snapping buttons. On one side it read "RABLE" and on the other "ADO". Each and every time I put this onsie on her I read it as ADO'RA'BLE! (imagine it as though read by an Italian) I swear that only after three full months of wear did I realize it actually said 'adorable'. And yes, I felt like an idiot, and no, you will not get a picture of a onsie that says Adorable on it.
I got some toys!
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