Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Parker's first year album : on his own

Here is another digital layout I made for Parker's album. There are a few stories, like this one when I thought Parker's sleep was starting to improve, that I wanted to include as it's own layout. I know I did a lot of griping, venting + crying on the blog about his lousy sleep for many months. This little challenge was a big part of his first year and I felt like it was important to document this turning point.

Photos + journaling was taken from this post.

Journaling reads : Sleep has been a bit of a struggle for Parker the last several months. Not really falling asleep, but staying asleep. And he hardly ever goes to sleep on his own. Until the last couple days.

His naps yesterday were particularly trying. Parker usually doesn't put up much of a fight when it comes to getting him ready to take a nap. He is a fantastic napper. But yesterday, we were all a little cranky, and chilly (we lost power the night before and it still hadn't come on) and Parker just pushed and pushed me. Literally. He was clearly tired, but did not want to be held. And I was getting frustrated. So I took a deep breath, gave him a kiss, put him in his crib, and told him I'd be right back to check on him.

He hardly fussed. Or cried. A couple minutes later, quiet. I waited a little longer before peeking in his room to find this.

He fell asleep. All on his own.

He did it again for his afternoon nap. And this morning's nap. Maybe it's just me that wants to hold and walk and rock my baby to sleep. Because I thought he wanted it. Or he needed it to sleep. He used to. It was hard to just put him in his crib awake and walk away. Especially because I'm not used to it. And I'm always second guessing myself. Wondering if I'm doing the right thing. As it turns out, this time it is the right thing. I know that when he wakes up happy, not crying. Full of smiles and waving to me as I walk in his room. Absolutely melts my heart.

We still need to work on his nighttime sleep, but (dare I say) I feel like this might be the beginning of the end of horrible sleep for Parker. And me. I hope this is more than just a phase.

Digital template freebie by Cathy Zielske
Patterned paper from Paislee Press Photobooth kit

All week long I am sharing layouts from Parker's completed first year album. Tomorrow's layout : M + P : a photo collage of Morgan + Parker during his first year.

1 comment:

  1. Love the layout--a reminder to scrap the not so fun times too.