Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Never. Before.

This evening, we got home from Bible study around 11 p.m. Normally, we get down there around 7:30 p.m., put Lily right to bed in the pack'n'play, and then wake her up around 10 when we leave for the 40 minute car ride home.

Tonight, I don't think she ever went to sleep. She cried about every 20 minutes, so we took turns going in there, putting her pacifier and blanket back in the pack'n'play (she threw them out each time), and laying her back down. 20 minutes later, lather rinse repeat. When she cried around 9:30, when everything was over, I could tell from her eyes (and her hair) that she had not gone to sleep yet. So we just took her out and let her play until we left.

Halfway home, she finally fell asleep. We pulled into the driveway, shut off the car, opened the doors. Nothing - still sleeping. Ryan went to her door, started unbuckling her and taking her arms out of the straps - still sleeping. By now, I'm amazed. Usually the minute we stop or at the least try to unstrap her, her eyes pop open and she's wide awake. So I keep watching - mouth wide open - as he takes her out and settles her against him to carry her inside. She's STILL SLEEPING.

I can't remember any other time in her life where she has not woken up after being transfered out of a car seat and carried somewhere. Before she was 1, we MIGHT have been able to carry her infant seat up to her room and get her into her crib quick enough that she'd go right back to sleep. But definitely nothing has come close to that since she's been forward facing and taking a much longer trip from car to crib in our arms.

Ryan came downstairs after putting her in her crib, and told me she stirred a tiny bit when he laid her down, but then she settled right in and kept right on sleeping. I still don't believe it. Maybe some people's kids transfer this way, but ours never has. Can I hope this is a sign of things to come? That the "soundly sleeping" toddler years will indeed hit our light sleeper?

I guess anything's possible...