To Nap or Not to Nap

Let sleeping babies lay. Why not? That’s when they grow and develop, and they’re super adorable as they do. Rhys is sometimes a serious sleeper–furrowing his brow and piercing his lips. Sometimes he’ll smile and laugh–a series of high-pitched, sharp inhaling (it makes me wonder what he’s dreaming about). Sometimes, he’ll moan and scrunch up his face. 
At this moment (7:44PM, Wednesdy night), Rhys is laying on my legs, peacefully sleeping. I dare not move, even though I have to pee real bad. If I do and hand him off to Justin, there is a 50% he will awaken. If he awakens, there is a 50% chance that he won’t go back to sleep, even though I can see that yearning in his eyes. Poor boy has such a hard time going to sleep himself during the day, now. 
My friend, Natashya, has a 5 month old boy and wrote a post about her disdain for sleep training. It’s interesting that she posted when she did, because this past week, I’ve been thinking about Rhys’s sleep patterns. I have previously wrote a post about Babywise. I really like the idea of Eat, Play, Sleep and keeping a pretty consistent schedule. It has really helped Rhys be more awake and alert.
Rhys does pretty well at night. We begin the bedtime routine at 10pm and he’s in bed in his crib by 10:40. Then, he’ll wake up between 2:30-3:30 to eat and fall right back asleep. Then, he’ll typically wake up around 5, with (I believe) trapped gas. He’ll be fussy, no outright crying, and wants to be held. So, we’ll bring him into bed with us and he’ll fall right back asleep cuddling with me. 
I love waking up with him in my arms (even if it’s killing them from being asleep) and smiling up at me. But, I’ve gotten to thinking, are we still going to be doing this when he is 6 months? 1 year? I don’t think so. I’m not worried about weaning him off this little habit, even though I love it.
So, night time isn’t any issue. I’m ve ry thankful that he’s so good at night. We’ve also already had some crib escapades. One night, after being swaddled, he ended up with his arms though the bars and the blanket covering his head! Another night, he’d twisted himself so that both his legs were all the way through the bars of his crib! Although he’s crying in frustration, we have to laugh a little because we think it’s adorable.
Day time is when he struggles. Rhys loves to cuddle. He loves attention. He loves being with his Momma and Daddy, and part of the family. I believe he has an inbred sense of “People are doing things without me. I’m missing out.” When he’s held and falling asleep, he’ll nuzzle his head as close to us as possible. He’ll grasp and grasp until he has a handful of shirt in his fist, or his arm in inside my shirt. I fall head over heels everytime he does it!
When we go running in the morning, he’ll fall asleep on the final stretch home. I pull the stroller through the door, gently take him out and carry him up to his crib. I have about 30 minutes to finish stretching before he wakes up. And that is the last he’ll spend in his crib until the night.
All of his naps are taken in his swing, on our bed (with us on the bed as well) or in our arms or laps. I’m not complaining. I love having him in reach to caress. He is the light of my life and I crave all the time I can have with him.  However, sometimes I need to do chores or use both of my arms. I also think about the near future.Where will he nap at 4 months? At 8 months? A year old? 
To me, it’s just so interesting that he has no trouble sleeping in his crib but will awaken within 5 minutes if placed in it (or his Moses basket) during the day. I’ve tried just staying with him, letting him stare up at me, holding his hand, soothingly assuring him I was there for him, but he’d just fuss the whole time. It breaks my heart (and at the same time makes me so happy) that he wants to be closer to me.
I’m still not sure how I feel about the Cry It Out theories, but I do believe that Rhys is far too young for me to even attempt that. He’s only 2.5 months! I hope that this pattern of sleeping in our arms is just normal and we aren’t creating a bad habit for him. (Mainly because he’s getting a bit too long to sleep on my chest and allow me to type on my laptop at the same time anymore!)
Not really sure where I was headed with this post…it’s not complaining, it’s not worrying. I guess it’s just rambling. But, I guess I can end on an inquiring question for curiosity’s sake:
How old is your baby and where do they sleep? When did you have your baby nap in his/her crib?
I’ll just show one more cute picture of Rhys to end this =)
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.