Mabel fell asleep last night without nursing.
I have to qualify that statement a whole lot, but it’s still a first.
- She has fallen asleep at bedtime without nursing before, for her father a few times, and for the babysitter once – though not for a long time.
- She falls asleep without nursing in the car, in the stroller, and even in the middle of the night. It’s just falling asleep at bedtime that’s been the sticking point for, well, ever.
- She did nurse yesterday evening, but (because she’d had a nap) was then wide awake again (demanding waffle, water, music, etc) before finally falling asleep.
But last night, after wailing and crying and demanding and protesting that she couldn’t, she finally lay down and let me start Cinderella, and in very little time, before Cinders had even got to the ball, I’d say, Mabel had yawned twice and her breathing was regular and I was pretty sure she was out. I got as far as losing the slipper before I stopped and gingerly sat up and crept away, but it was a done deal.
Given all those reservations, I’m sort of surprised by this – but all evening I have to admit that I had an odd sense of impending freedom.
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