Last night, LP woke up at 2 am. This is only about three hours after I went to bed. Fortunately for me, the Hoos got up to "put the pacifier into her mouth without making eye contact." Not only is this an optimistic strategy, but it is one that I am physically incapable of implementing. Maybe it is just me, but I need to see what I am doing, especially when my target is moving.
Anyway, as expected, LP was not lulled into returning to sleep. Ever the loving Daddy, the Hoos picked LP up and she immediately stopped screaming, rested her head on his chest and relaxed. She did not, however, fall back asleep. The Hoos left her around a quarter to three, laying in her crib, wide awake. At 3:15 it was my turn to console the unhappy baby.
Of course, I have a tactic that never fails at my disposal that is unavailable to the Hoos. While I don't like to play the nursing card in the middle of the night (especially if I have to work the next day and therefore will not be able to pump the requisite amount), LP was thrilled to have the option. In fact, as soon as I nestled her into bed with us, she pulled the pacifier out of her mouth, dropped it over her shoulder and went searching with jaws gaping.
By 4 she was done nursing and asleep.
At 5 I guess we were both asleep, because I had to wipe some of my drool off of her little fuzzy head when she attempted to roll into "the meatloaf position." This is when LP flips onto her belly and draws her elbows and knees underneath her to sleep. Recognizing that this would be an ideal time to return her to her crib, I quietly levitated her back to her room, quickly plopped her down and ran back under my covers.
One would think that babies are like mommies and daddies in respect to wanting to sleep late after a poor night's sleep. Let me assure you, this is not the case. LP was up and raring to go at 7:45. Of course she is now an hour and a half into a nap and I am walking around trying to remember my name. As I told the Hoos this morning, let's just be thankful that nights like last are the exception and not the rule.