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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Emma the Unstoppable

The other night, Em had a bit of a cold and I made the mistake of putting her into her crib. Woke up the instant she hit the sheet and popped right up.

Mama: "Night-night! I love you!"

Now normally, Em would not-so-enthusiastically wave her hand at me, I would leave and she might whine a bit, but would soon go to sleep.

Emma: "Ma! Ma! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!"

I closed the door and toddled down to our bedroom because I was spent. Bringing her to bed had resulted in her crawling all over me and keeping everyone awake. She hasn't been a "family bed" sleeper since she was a couple of months old. She has always been climbing over me. And every time she gets sick...which, thankfully, is not often...we end up bringing her to bed because she simply won't/can't sleep in her crib when she's sick. So nobody sleeps. She crawls over me, climbs the headboard, tries to lower herself down between the head of the mattress and the wall...I'm sure she'll grow to be a professional spelunker.

So, I prayed that maybe, just maybe, after getting over the initial shock of Mama leaving, she would settle down to sleep.

I crawled into my own bed. And silence. See!

Then a few minutes later....

Emma: "Ma! Ma! Ma! MA! MA!"

Was it my imagination, or did it seem louder? And what's that other noise?

I found her frantically trying to open the door of her room. She had climbed out of her crib. At 18-months. Now I wanted to cry.

Fluke, you say? Next day, I put her down for her nap and went downstairs. A few minutes later, she started crying. And before I could go up, I realized the sound was getting louder!

She had not only climbed out of her crib...she opened a closed door and came downstairs looking for Mama. I'm Sooooo not ready for this.

What are your tips for dealing with uncontainable toddlers? This is the youngest any of mine has reached this milestone...but I've been expecting it for months. She is a climber and will go down the tallest slides by herself. She also thinks she doesn't need naps anymore. Sigh.


  1. I'm recommending NO-Doze~for you...(just kidding!!) Well, Midwest Mama~SHE WILL grow up!

  2. Actually, she has slept well the past couple nights, so maybe it was just a little bump in the road. (I hope, I hope)


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