So, about a month ago, we transitioned The Littlest Briston from a crib to a toddler bed. Which, of course, means she can hop out of bed anytime she wants. However, she’s very good about it – she enjoys just sitting on her bed with a pile of books, flipping through them all and “reading” the stories aloud.
However, we decided early on that it would be a good idea to be able to keep an eye on her, just to be on the safe side. So, we packed up the audio baby monitor and bought a video one. A little camera sits on one of her shelves, while we keep the little monitor portion with us. Nothing spectacular…it’s a 4" screen, black & white, kinda crappy reception, but it gets the job done. We can look at it and see our daughter right away if she’s sitting up or moving, and if she’s laying down sleeping, we can basically make out the lump on the bed as being her.
My wife comes home from work in the afternoon, daughter in hand – she picks her up from day care on her way home. Then it’s afternoon nap time for the both of them. I’m working, but I take the monitor and keep it in my office for this nap, just to make sure the kid doesn’t decide to try diving head-first off the bed or anything. Now, my wife needs this nap because her pregnancy has her whipped, but Shayla usually doesn’t sleep at this time. After all, she gets a good nap at day care.
Not yesterday, though…I watch through the monitor, and see my wife put Shayla in her bed, give her a few books, and then leave the room. Shayla is reading quietly, so I turn my attention back to work. A little while later, I glance over again and see her lying nicely in bed. “Huh…” I think, “…looks like she went off to sleep”. I look over every now and then, and yeah, I see the little lump in bed. Guess she was really tired.
After an hour, it’s time to wake up my girls. I go in to get Shayla first, so she can “help” me wake up her mother. I open the door to her room, and there she is, sitting in a box of toys, tucked away in the corner out of camera range.
“The hell?”, I think…“I just saw her in bed through the monitor. She was laying right…there”. There. In her bed. The bed with the big stuffed penguin lying in a peaceful slumber.
This 21-month-old kid pulled off the toddler equivalent of the “pillow-and-blanket dummy” trick on me. As soon as she turns six, I’m putting Lo-Jack on her.