Night And Day

View of Ms Rockstar’s crib and mobile, under Rockstar’s loft

Handling day AND night shift on my own was a new milestone. On good nights, I actually found myself enjoying lying in the dark, Ms Rockstar’s crib next to my little Ikea sofa bed, The Mens snoring in the other room. At least on nights when she isn’t gabbling at full volume to herself, or crying in her sleep through the night. (But once or twice a night is common). On really bad nights, thankfully not very often, Ms Rockstar and I are adversaries, the one determined to sleep, the other determined not to.

Ms Rockstar is not as hard to handle as her brother was at night – IF she is in her room. Move her, even if it’s to our room, and she is worse than the original. My whole vision of a couple hours just her and me at the nearby cafe is a pile of smoldering ruins. She won’t sleep more than a half hour, and then when she is over tired it is ALL YOUR FAULT for bringing her out when she would rather nap contentedly, gabble to herself or chew her fingers in her room.

Did you ask me first Mummy, whether I enjoy cafes?

There is a Man Making Grinding Noises On A Machine Just Because It Annoys Me.

Ms Rockstar is not impressed
(You know, like Mc Kayla)

If she wakes mid-nap you can walk in, hit a button on her mobile, and she will gabble her way back to sleep – in HER ROOM.

If you want an early night, you can just feed her and put her down wide awake – in HER ROOM.

After a night feed if you realize she needs to change her diaper you can take her out to your favorite diaper changing place (yes, I have one, and this is a problem because…?) and fumble about with the light switches……

Ms Rockstar:

And Then There Was Light!

No, Not Really.

Light! No?

Yes!

What is Mummy doing???

Me: Going batshit crazy trying not to wake you and hitting all the wrong light switches. They should come with flashing neon signs.

From Shel Silverstein's The Missing Piece Meets The Big O

Ms Rockstar: Move over, Madonna, traveling with your own pillows is so Last Generation’s Rockstar. I shall be traveling on planes, trains and automobiles with my own room, thank you very much. Or my staff (a.k.a. parents) can just never leave the housing development for a coffee.

Oh, and if they try I shall win the issues debate by screaming my lungs out in transit so all the other passengers shall hate my parents for begetting me and themselves for not walking. Or swimming. We must all do our part for the environment, after all. Rockstars For Fewer Emissions should be on a onesie, preferably in a not-too-sweet pink.

Me: <To The Mens> Roll out the Secret Weapon.

(That would be Kings with his strange robotic Rhythm That Always Makes Babies Sleep.)

Involuntary Sleep

And it’s a KO! 

Secret Weapon however says it takes soooo long and he can’t do anything else and she still doesn’t stay asleep more than a half hour. Which, sadly, is true.

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About Aileen

I blog about living and raising my son in Hong Kong - where toddlers have entrance interviews, parents keep test score spreadsheets, private school debentures can trade for more than half a million USD. Raising Rockstar's the most important thing I'll ever do. We show our true colors by the choices we make in bringing up our children. My blog is a message to my toddler son, about what the world and his parents are like today - for when he becomes a teenager and knows everything.
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  • mun

    If you move Ms Rockstar’s crib and mobile into another room, will she know that it is not her room?

    “strange robotic Rhythm That Always Makes Babies Sleep”.. makes me think of the post you wrote before about how to rock a hen to sleep, hehehe.

  • Jessie

    We are still trying to get little Tristan to sleep on his on cot. Most of the time he ends up sleeping with us. Some would say his cot is too big and cold for him! I’m thinking of getting more stuffs to put around so that he feels ‘safer’

    Does Ms Rockstar sleep in her own cot all the time?

    • http://raisingrockstar.com Aileen

      Yeah she’s the opposite of Tristan, she has to be in her cot in her own room.. She can do short naps on our shoulder but actually doesn’t like to be carried for long when she sleeps (doesn’t like having her movements restricted – we can’t even zip up the sleeping bags)… Probably more to do with the baby’s own likes/ dislikes rather than anything we did, but when she fussed about being rocked to sleep I jumped at the chance to put her down awake, With Rockstar we didn’t have that chance :P