A Letter to My Baby
Dearest Baby Gulliver,
You are the cutest, sweetest, darlingest baby on the interwebs right now. We love you very much and we can't get enough of you. We love snuggling with you and we think it's so adorable to wake up to your smiling baby face.
But we think it may be about time that you stop sleeping in our bedroom. It seems, in our best estimation, that when you are sleeping in your bassinet, you are aware that you are not sleeping in bed with us. And so you keep waking up all night lately, whereas you used to wake up just once! I think that I have spoiled you because you have ended up in bed with us by about 8:00 a.m. every day since you were born. And I'm telling you---you are adorable sleeping next to me. I love snuggling you right up to me. But baby, I need to sleep through the night, and I don't get to take that big, fat, 3-4 hour nap that you seem to like to take at 10:00 a.m.
Also, we think it's probably time that you start going to sleep before 1:00 a.m. Just a suggestion.
And I'm not really even sure how to do this, despite the books that I've read, because some part of me is reeeeeeally curious how you're supposed to magically go to sleep at 10:00 or 8:00 or whenever, if you've been used to going to sleep at 1:00 a.m. And I'm reeeeeeeally not looking forward to this whole "crying it out" thing because when you cry, I stress eat, and I've already eaten half a jar of Nutella with a spoon, so I don't need extra stress eating in my life. Also, I can't get over the feeling when you're crying that you're despising me for not immediately catering to your sweet baby needs. And I think that mothers are programmed to go berzerk if their babies are crying. You hardly ever cry and I'm really not looking forward to intentionally leaving you to cry. I'll just have to keep reminding myself that it's for your own benefit.
I am not looking forward to tonight. You, on the other hand, have no idea what's coming, so at least you get to enjoy your day today.