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The things we’ll do to keep babies asleep . . .

And that includes dropping your drawers.

Sleeping babies/toddlers are precious and they should stay that way for as long as possible. So things get a little intense around here when something threatens to disrupt the peaceful sleep schedule of our sweet little tyrant.

Let me set the stage . . .

It’s 7:30 a.m. and the kids need to get up for school. They (as in all 3 of them) were up a little too late last night (like 11:00 on a school night) and that means that I really need the sweet little tyrant to sleep in today.

Obstacle: The sweet little tyrant shares a room with my grade schooler. I must ninja my way into that room and pluck the grade schooler out of her bed without disrupting the sweet little tyrant in her crib.

I’m walking down the hall and I realize the “swish swish” of my track pants is going to add an additional element of danger to my mission. So I drop them right then and there in the hall. (Don’t worry, mommy wears underwear).

I open the door ever so quietly. I set my path – as I know every inch of the floor that creaks must be avoided.

I ever so quietly tip toe to my grade schooler’s bed. I was silent. Deadly silent. But the sweet little tyrant sensed my presence and popped up in her crib like unto the jester being propelled out of a jack in the box.

Just as fast as she popped up I hit the ground – obscured ever so slightly by the laundry baskets in front of her crib. I sat there silently, holding my breath until she threw herself back down and back to sleep. I probably sat there frozen on the ground (in my underwear) for 5 minutes ensuring she had gone back to sleep.

When I finally felt it was safe to resume the operation again I slunk on the floor (kind of like Mr. Grinch stealing Christmas presents from the Hoos) up to my grade schooler’s bed and quietly snatched her out of it. I tossed her on my back and sprint-tip-toed out of the room and shut the door with a minor creak.

Grinch looking over Cindy Lou Hoo's Bed

Done and done. Resume morning routine to get out the door to school . . . and resume track pants.

Escaping a Sleeping Baby

Speaking of the crazy things we do – check out this hilarious video! You know you’ve pulled almost all of these moves!

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  2. Michelle Powell 02/01/2012 at 5:47 pm

    I used to put my kids in their baby carseat when I was in the shower, and set it on the bathroom floor. That way they were near me and I could keep an eye on them while I showered. Never failed, they ALWAYS fell asleep, but as soon as I turned the shower off, they would wake up. I used to keep the shower running even when I got out to keep them asleep. I know, I know, waste of water……but my babies would sleep! YAY! 🙂

  3. Jen 01/07/2011 at 8:29 pm

    That was awesome!

  4. Keersten Jensen 12/04/2010 at 4:43 pm

    It’s funny because it’s true.

    …and maybe a little sad. But mostly funny. Right?

  5. Lindsay 12/04/2010 at 4:13 pm

    I swear to you, I’ve done this exact maneuver. I bet if someone could tape the way we mothers duck and cover when a little one stirs, we would totally win the $10,000 on America’s Funniest Home Videos. For sure.

  6. Jaime 12/03/2010 at 3:02 pm

    LOL! I can so relate!

  7. Shannon 12/03/2010 at 2:41 pm

    Hahahaha, I’ve definitely hit the floor before, but not in my underwear. I like how you roll, the track pants removal was definitely a must.

  8. amyallenjohnson 12/03/2010 at 2:03 pm

    if only I could borrow some of your stealth-ness to GET my #3 to sleep. As of this week, he’s a non-stop roller and still a non-napper 🙂

  9. Raejean 12/03/2010 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks for visual! Makes me glad all my kiddos are in school 🙂

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