Independent sleep is something that everyone seems to worry a lot about. Can you child fall asleep without a sleep crutch? Without you in the room? Put themselves back to sleep alone? I think my answer to all of those questions is fairly obvious. I just hope we’ll get there by college.
One thing B is really good at though is independent wakefulness. If it means getting out of sleeping, then he is Mr. Loner. Not only have we bravely entered the no more napping territory, we have apparently also crossed the threshold where B now needs less sleep in a day than I do. (This is partially to blame for my complete lack of blogging now.) Oftentimes lately, we will lie down together in his bed for nap time, nurse, read stories, snuggle, the works. Then, inevitably, I fall asleep and he shows himself out. He climbs out of bed, opens his bedroom door, and goes out to the living room to play.
This morning, for the first time basically ever, B woke up before I did and did not wake me up. At least at first. I finally woke up to him screaming at the bedroom door which he could not get open for some reason. I asked him what he was doing and he finally came back to bed to tell me, “Mommy, the door is probably locked.” If he had been able to escape, I have no doubt I would have kept sleeping and he would have played quietly by himself. It’s a far cry from sleeping 12 interrupted hours at night and napping once a day, but I guess if he’s leaving me alone to sleep, it’s working?
Oh yeah, also we had his 2nd birthday party this past weekend. My dad was the official party photographer so as soon as he sends me pics I will do a post about that. It served as good emotional preparation for next Monday when B will actually turn 2, sniffle sniffle.