When you have more than one child, somethings you are able to do for the second time like clockwork, diapering, bathing, feeding (usually). But sometimes you have a big blank, like 'uh, what did we do for this last time?'.
As a nursing mother, pretty much when I put my baby to sleep it's after the last feeding of the night. Bath, pajamas, last feeding, and boom asleep they are. Ironically, in the book about sleeping that I have the 'Nightime Nursling' as they call it is the hardest child to teach to go to sleep on their own. Alas.
Last night I couldn't get that girl to sleep, she wasn't hungry, I knew she was tired, she was fussy, and I just didn't know what to do. So I just put her to bed.
Not because I thought this would work, but I was just tired of holding her when it was obvious she didn't want me.
And lo and behold, she went right to sleep. After I thought about it, I underestimated her need to just.be.away.from.the.noise in our house. The TV, the crazy 3-year old, the people getting ready for work, the cats meowing for food.
And she didn't wake up again until this morning.
What a beautiful little girl I have.