Monday, November 6, 2017

The Last "Baby Sam" Nap


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Sam has always done things in his own time. Everything I've ever worried about him giving up or doing, he's given up or done before I've tried to do it for him. Sleep training took all of one night, he gave up his bottle all by himself a week before I planned on trying (and I was stressing so hard!), and he just decided one day that he was going to take naps in his crib instead of my arms.

Since he was born, I've at least held him until he fell asleep for all of his naps. Up until he was 6 months old, I held him the entire time for every single one. Ever since 6 months, he has fallen asleep on me in the Tula Carrier while I play Chris and Morgan Stapleton's version of "You Are My Sunshine". He closes his eyes, and I lay him in his crib a few minutes later. He's never let me rock him to sleep and as soon as we dropped the bedtime bottle at a year old, these nap time cuddles were all that I had left of "Baby Sam". Part of me has been slightly worried about needing to leave during nap time and wondering if he would ever be able to nap without my help. But of course, my sweet Baby Sam did it in his own time. 

For the past 5 days, I've tried to let him fall asleep on me and he just looks up at me and gives me a little whine. I respond with "Do you wanna go get in your crib?" and his sweet little face lights up with a smiling "yes". He is officially taking naps without his Mama and as proud as I am, my heart is also a tiny bit broken. I'm grateful that he lets me snuggle him while he's awake, but I sure will miss holding him like a baby and laying him in his crib. He loves to do "big boy" things and I know this is another thing he's super proud of.

If I've learned one thing as a Mom, it's that you can't force anything on your babies until they're ready. Look for the joy in every situation that seems to stress you out. I can guarantee you that you will wish those moments back a year from now. You never know when you'll experience the "last time". Whether it's the last baby nap on your chest or the last bedtime bottle curled up in your arms, it all stings a little when you realize you don't get to do it anymore. I prayed so hard for Sam to learn to sleep somewhere other than my arms for those first 6 months of his life, but oh my heart what I would give for one more baby Sam snuggled curled up on my chest. Blink and you miss it, friends.



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