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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

While you were (supposed to be) sleeping

I have been meaning to put this post together for a while now but have been too lazy to get together all of the videos I've taken of the shenanigans that happen in Lilly's crib when she's supposed to be sleeping.  Imagine my surprise when I recently received an e-mail from Tiffany at Dropcam asking if I'd like to participate in their "Tales from the Crib" campaign.  Why yes, yes I would indeed.  Perfect timing, right?  

I know I've mentioned before on the blog that I got lucky with Lilly in that she is a great sleeper.  At 2 years and almost 1 month, we are still getting 12+ hours at night plus a 3 or 3.5-hour nap (I know, it's hatred-worthy, I'm sorry!  Not really though.).  "Bed time" for Lilly is somewhere between 8:00 and 8:30 pm every night.  I say "bed time" because in Lilly's case "bed time" is decidedly not the same thing as "sleep time."  Most nights she doesn't actually go to sleep until 9:00 or 9:30 - I like to think she uses that hour or hour and a half to wind down.  And by "wind down" I mean talk, play, sing, giggle, or any variety of other activities other than sleeping (see below).  I've tried letting her stay up a little later but that never ends well - I think that she genuinely likes having that alone time to play and settle herself to get ready for sleep.  Luckily for us, that means that some of the things we catch on the video monitor are pretty entertaining.

I should also note here that Lilly is very aware that there is a camera in her room.  She asked me what it was at one point a while back and I told her that it was a camera and that Mommy and Daddy watch her while she sleeps.  Side note: Dan said that response was creepy and corrected me by telling her that we watch over her while she sleeps.  Whatever.  Anyway, I haven't been able to catch it on video yet, but often times Lilly will sit or stand up in her crib, look directly at the camera and wave and say, "Hiiiiiiiiiii camera!  Mommy and Daddy watch over Lilly sleeps!"  This kid, I swear.

If you're in the mood for a chuckle and have a few minutes to watch, check out some of my favorite clips below of Lilly's crib antics.  


I like to call this first one "Lilly Singing."  You'll need volume to hear, but she's working on a beautiful rendition of a "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and "ABCs" Medley.  Highlight: she applauds herself at the end.  "YAYYYYYYY!"

This next clip is entitled, "Lilly Gymnastics."  My sweet family gifted us a new monitor prior to Craft's arrival so that we can keep an eye on both babes and it picks up even the slightest noise so it's hard to hear over the sound machine, but you don't really need volume to see what an excellent gymnast my child is.  2020 Olympics?  You betcha. Highlight: it's a toss-up, but I think the flip followed by, "I did it!" takes the cake.

The next clip was in the running for my favorite clip of Lilly's crib antics of all time until yesterday. Dan and I just happened to catch this before bed one night and laughed so hard!  It's appropriately entitled "Lilly Ballet," and the highlight is definitely the curtsey (which happens prior to the twirl because I couldn't get my phone out quickly enough to video the first three twirls).

Last, but certainly not least, I give you the mother of all of the "Tales from the Crib" clips.  You are welcome in advance.  Carney was lucky enough to catch this gem yesterday when Lilly was supposed to be napping.  It ALMOST makes the tantrums we endured last night due to a nap that was not nearly long enough worth it.  Again, the quality makes it kind of hard to tell, but someone has clearly been taking notes about how baby brother eats.  Behold the clip below, where you will find L pulling her shirt up to breast feed her lovey.  Seriously.  Quinn warned me that this might happen, and it was every bit as funny as I thought it would be.  I wish the sound machine wasn't so loud so we could hear what Lilly is saying to lovey, because I'm sure the commentary is equally as hilarious as the video itself!

On a kind-of-related-but-not-really note, this is my view of the monitor these days:

Even though it's been almost three weeks, it is still surreal to me that I am now a mother of two (well three if you count our fur child, Layla).  Best feeling ever?  I think so.

If you have any stories of your kids' funny crib antics, I'd love to hear them.  Don't forget to check out Dropcam, and if you have any "Tales from the Crib" of your own to share, shoot me an e-mail or leave me a comment and I'm happy to put you in touch with Tiffany!  

Stay tuned, I promise to try to get back to more regular blog posts when I get used to being exhausted.  :-)


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