Big Boy in His Own Room

We’ve done it. We’ve built up enough courage to move Henry’s cotbed into his own room. To be fair, it looks pretty nice in there, and I wouldn’t mind it if I was put in there to sleep. But we shall see how it goes.

I’m hoping that, as he has been waking during the night for comfort not for food (although the two are more intertwined than you would believe), he may just start to sleep through.

He won’t have his daddy’s snoring to wake him up either. Recommended length of time in mummy and daddy’s bedroom is six months. He’s about five months and three weeks so it’s near enough for us. I am going to work tomorrow for the first time in over six months too. I am looking forward to it, but I don’t want to leave Henry. I’ve said it before, but I really think someone should invent a cloning machine for a person in my position. I love working, and I love my current job. I also love spending time with my son. I’m not crazy about housework but I love having the spare time to do what needs to be done. It really is a balancing act. If you’ve figured it out then I’d love to hear from you.

But as I start to check on him less and less in his new room (I’ve had to resist the urge to go and put my hand infront of his little face to feel his breath) I think we will all get a better night’s sleep. But again, we have to wait and see if it has the desired effect. I’m hoping we don’t wake him up as much as his room is right at the end of the corridor, instead of next to the living room where we stay up after he’s gone to sleep. He should get a good night this way.

Until he starts teething anyway.


Don’t Shock a Baby

It is one of the most nerve-racking parts of day-to-day parenting; the dreaded moment when you have a baby just drifting off to sleep (finally!) and you feel a tingle in your nose. You’re going to sneeze and the more you try to hold it back, the more it builds up inside. Until that moment it comes out and suddenly breaks through the hushed noise level you’ve created. (All those times when I’ve been expecting visitors and told them ‘Do not ring the doorbell’ in a very stern tone).

Then Henry will jump in a very dramatic way; arms and legs flailing around, gasping and looking very shocked. Sometimes it is even accompanied by a frown. It’s followed by me nervously waiting to see whether or not he will go back to sleep. At the moment it is about 50/50.

Of course the odds increase in your favour if you’re not holding him at the time. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in the last few months, it’s that babies don’t particularly like to be shocked. Or sneezed on.