Friday, July 16, 2010

Victory @ Naptime is SWEET!

So, an hour and a half ago, when I originally sat down to write this post, it was going to be about something COMPLETELY different.  Then it began...

Mr. Cheeks (my one year old son), will be starting at a new daycare on Monday as I return to work.  Me, the all-knowing new mom, decides it would be a brilliant idea for him to nap this weekend in his pack-n-play in the guest room to get used to sleeping in a new environment.  I even turned on some classical music, to make it just so.  Let me tell you how that went over:

Not exactly the nurturing transition I was going for....

Just let him cry, I said to myself....and headed to the computer to write a nice pleasant blog post.  Just as I was logging on, my husband (who works from home) appears....

Hubby: I just got off the phone with the daycare.

Me: Oh, really?

Hubby:  Yes, and they said it was not necessary to make this transition traumatic in any way, and so I think you can move him back to his usual napping place in his crib.


Me:  Thanks. (As if I wasn't feeling bad enough as the screams were echoing through the ENTIRE house...even the dog was hiding)

Nothing quite like a helpful husband.

So, I re-enter the scary nap chamber (or beautifully decorated guest room), with hubby in tow, to discover a very dramatic one year old putting on an Emmy Award Winning show, as though the pack-n-play was on fire and he was being tortured to death.

My husband looks at him sympathetically, and I say: Thanks, I got it from here.  
He exits with a pitiful wave, and the battle ensues....

Long story short, I was determined not to give into what was clearly a power struggle.  I tried back rubbing, I sang, I pretended I was sleeping, I even used some techniques from this book and anyone listening would have had me committed, and after an hour of feeling like this:


Victory was followed by some silent acrobatics to get myself OUT of the scary nap chamber without waking my precious son, I left with the ultimate prize:

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At July 16, 2010 at 11:47 AM , Blogger Jewel said...

Following from MBC. Glad to meet you.

Visit when you get a chance.

At July 16, 2010 at 12:22 PM , Blogger Elizabeth said...

My favorite post - love it, so funny!

At July 16, 2010 at 2:06 PM , Blogger Leslie said...

Super cute post! Thanks for sharing and gotta love the helpful husbands! lol

At July 16, 2010 at 7:34 PM , Blogger ~*Cee*~ said...

Following you now from MBC.
Gotta love the peaceful sleeping baby pictures. I don't have too many...I'm always afraid to waker her!! That would be a YIKES situation!
Check out my crazy life at

At July 16, 2010 at 9:19 PM , Blogger Mama Hen said...

Thank you for visiting today! I am following you too. This was a great post! It is always nice when our little munchkins can finally get to a peaceful sleep! That last picture is adorable!

Mama Hen

At July 16, 2010 at 9:42 PM , Blogger April said...

This is such a cute post. Reminds me of the days when i first introduced daycare to my little ones. Love it! Im new to this so please check me out when you get a chance. Thanks

At July 16, 2010 at 11:38 PM , Blogger Mommyfriend Lori said...

Thanks for visiting me in support of TMC! Ah yes, the helpful husband...I've got me one of those. You are a pro at this blogging thing, I am your newest GFC follower!

At July 17, 2010 at 11:50 AM , Blogger Katie said...

Thanks everyone for the nice comments! So exciting to see that other moms are checking out my blog :-)

Went and visited your blogs, and loved each of them!

At July 18, 2010 at 11:11 AM , Blogger I'm just the MOM said...

Awww poor guy. Ya I did that to my now 4 yr old when he started having to go to daycare :( Ya i Suck. LOL and then learned. Just poppin over from SITS and have become your newest (most awesome, if I may add) follower :) Hope he has a great first day tomorrow.


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