Ryan just put Mad to sleep for the third time in her whole life. And it only took half an hour. I'm hopeful that we can start to trade off so that bedtime isn't such a burden (on me). He also put her to sleep successfully on Friday night when I was out to dinner with some girlfriends. I feel like her sleep habits are starting to change. I'm hesitant to write that because I'm sure that as soon as I hit "publish," she'll wake up and not sleep again for the next week, just to prove me wrong.* Since recovering from her surgery in February, she has been sleeping better. Maybe it's just her age, but maybe it's because tumor was removed from her spine enabling her to get comfortable and finally sleep. Don't get me wrong, she still isn't a good sleeper by any stretch of the imagination. I have yet to get a full night's sleep (except when she was sedated and in the hospital). But lately we've been down to 3-4 wake ups a night, which, believe it or not, is an improvement.
Another change is that we removed the side railing from her crib, turning it into a daybed. This makes actually putting her to sleep much easier on us because she likes to have hands on her (and sometimes she insists on having my head on her too...) as she falls asleep. The mattress is only about a foot off the ground, and we've placed pillows down on the floor in case she falls out. She's not ready for a "big girl bed" yet (maybe I'm not ready), but this is an intermediate step.
Life without the line is very good. The bandage was removed, but she still has some steristrips that are covering the incision that will fall off this week, with a little help. She does notice that the line is gone because she pulls the neck of her shirt out and looks down at her chest and back at me quizzically. I just keep telling her it's all done, and now she will look at her chest and make the all done sign (one of two signs, the other is "more," that she consistently uses).
We are all signed up for swim lessons and will begin on Thursday!
*See? As I was finishing this post she woke up, Ryan is attempting to get her to sleep again.