One of the most liberating aspects of being d-o-n-e with breastfeeding is that I don’t have to get up in the middle of the night if Jack starts crying. From day 1, Cory has always been an “equal party” parent, but while I was nursing, it was almost a waste of time for him to get up in the middle of the night if Jack started crying.
Typically, if Jack woke up, I’d go in after a few minutes and nurse him back to sleep. In all honesty, that was one of my biggest fears about stopping breastfeeding; I was terrified of nighttime. I think any parent can relate to the fact that it’s scary as hell to give up something (a pacifier, co-sleeping, a bottle) when you know it’s working.
Boat-rocking is not a parent’s idea of a good time.
It was one of the first nights after I stopped nursing that Jack had a real knock down, drag out screaming fit in the middle of the night. Unfortunately for Cory, he was up on deck. I laid in bed, completely unsure of how this was going to go. Nursing is the only thing that works. What is he going to do?!
After a few minutes (that dragged on for an eternity) the crying stopped, but when Cory didn’t end up back in the room, I took a sneak at the video monitor to see what the deal was, and my heart did that thing it does when a wife sees her husband being an incredible dad.
I saw Cory laying on the floor next to Jack’s crib, and I could hear him softly shushing him back to sleep. He must have laid there for 15 minutes, and he didn’t move a muscle. Jack tiny forehead was almost touching the crib railings, obviously soothed by knowing that Cory was right there.
It was one of those moments where I was thankful that Cory talked me into stepping up my old school game and getting a video baby monitor. Thankfully, the VTech VM343 has automatic nightvision and the ability to both zoom and pan side to side, so I was able to witness this adorable moment from the comfort and warmth of my own bed. While I tend to lean towards the dramatic side of things, it was the best thing ever.
A serious question, though: how did we all survive (and spy on our offspring/spouses) before technology?!
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