So Leo doesn't really sleep at night. We do a modified form of co-sleeping--the crib is right next to my bed, mashed against the wall, attached with a sheet and thus making a smooth transition from my mattress to the crib's. This has worked like a dream ever since Sophia was 3 months old and finally able to sleep without the damned bouncy vibrating seat going full time. Seriously, we had her sleep sitting up and vibrating that long. But she was a hard case (NICU set her back). Maeve took to the bed immediately and slept well. But this one has learned a very simple equation:
lying down = diaper changes
being held in arms = sleeping or eating, where "smells like mom" is eating and "smells like anyone else" is sleeping.
He's only a week old. We're working on it and I have the luxury of another adult in the house, and therefore I nap.
Being awake at night means that I can hear things going on. Like two nights ago when I got to hear a woman screaming north of my house somewhere (I think closer to Grand as well). And then last night, I got to hear a sound that makes every parent fill with a tiny bit of dread: a seal barking.
It was 2 a.m. I knew it was Maeve immediately. Croup, out of nowhere. No cold, no fever. Just croup. I brought her downstairs (from the third floor to the second) so I could hear her better. It was just the cough--no stridor--and so the humidifier and a glass of water seemed to do the trick. But guess what--between croup and faulty logic baby, I didn't fall asleep until 4:45. I'm up for the moment, just finished nursing, and about to hand this kid off to someone else. Then I will sleep, well, at least I will lie down...Maeve is in the next room with the humidifier, and she has my attention.