Henry doesn't like to sleep too much.
I suspect it's because he's afraid he'll miss something.
Even though he's only 20-months, he really thinks that he's a four-year-old. So if the other kids don't need to lay down and sleep, why should he?
I've crowed enough that when the triplets were his age, they were sleeping 12+ hours at night and taking solid two-hour naps during the day.
Boy oh boy did I think that I was a MASTER for getting a baby to sleep.
You got sleep problems?
You come see me. I'll straighten you out in no time flat.
I had a singleton.
Who I breastfed on demand and who I cannot stand to hear cry.
All of my sure-fire tricks for getting a baby to sleep tanked.
I think it borders on hilarious that I was such an expert at sleep training triplets and yet I can't get one little baby to sleep all night to save my life.
But this much I do know: when my little firecracker does finally fall to sleep, I am absolutely lost in the perfection of his features. I am positively swept away by how miraculous his existence is and how the feeling of tranquility that washes over me is similar to what I imagine Heaven to be. And then, I'll usually whisper to anyone within ear shot that if they so much as make a peep to disturb his slumber, I'll choke them with my own two hands.
OK. Seriously? I do put Henry in to his crib at night when he is awake and he is learning to go to sleep on his own. And his nap times are getting better - but not by much. And for the most part, he will sleep from 8 at night until 5 in the morning before waking up to be nursed. And then, he'll usually go back to sleep for another two hours or so, with me - in our bed. And I do know what it takes to get him to sleep all night. I'm just not willing to subject him - or the rest of our household - to it.
Every so often, I will nurse him to sleep. And when I do, I will hold him and gaze at his adorable features. Like his nose. A perfect little button.
There's his forehead freckle that he's had since he was a tiny infant.
There are his gorgeous eyelashes, that are not adequately captured in this photo but truly seem to go on forever.
There's his little mouth and baby soft lips. And when he falls in to a peaceful sleep, one of the highlights of my life is holding him and listening to his gentle breathing.
His perfect ears. And his adorable little side burns.
And then there's his neck. Oh, that little neck with chub rolls. I kiss that neck a hundred times a day if I kiss it once. I blow raspberries in to it at every single opportunity. Or at least every time I change his diaper and whenever I pick him up. Or put him down.
Or he toddles past me.
Or he is standing on the other side of the room, totally unaware of my presence until I scoop him up and kiss him until he squeals with laughter.
And then there are his chubby little hands which open up, whenever he is completely relaxed.
Henry, did you have a question?
Yes, as a matter of fact, it does seem that the best opportunity I have for knitting is when all the children are asleep.
Infact, last night when you feel asleep on my lap, I just about finished the baby blanket that I had started back in January.
I plan to post how to "cast-off" later this week. Which might come as a relief to anyone who has been knitting since my last lesson in early February and is wondering how to end their 20-foot scarf.