Friday, April 2, 2010


Brian and I purchased a video monitor a couple of months ago. I know what you're thinking. Sarah, he's almost two, why on earth would you purchase a video monitor now? But actually, I don't think we could have better timing.

I've been thinking about this big purchase (around $200) for a while. I asked my friend Lauren, who I knew had a video monitor, what she thought about it. She absolutely loved hers. So on a whim, I took our Christmas moneys and went to Target.

In no time, Christopher's room was set for surveillance. The little man had no idea that Brian and I were able to watch his every move. The first night felt like a movie night. Every time we heard any tiny noise, we turned on the video and checked to see what he was up to. To my surprise, Christopher was not laying down in his bed trying to get comfortable before he went to sleep.

No, he was standing - and pacing. My child was doing laps around his crib. Occasionally he would sit and mumble to his stuffed bear. The next night we saw him playing hide and seek with his blanket. The night after that, we saw him lay on his stomach and pound his feet continuously into the matress. Sometimes he would be asleep in 45 minutes, other times it was over an hour before he fell asleep. Naptime was the most amusing. This was when he had the most fun. It seemed like an aerobics class was going on.

Even with all this, Brian and I got the biggest kick out of how Christopher slept. We were finally able to figure out how he got himself into the positions we found him in in the morning. I saw it, but I still can't explain it.

The best part of this camera and monitor was that we could decide when it was necessary to go in his room and when it wasn't. We found out that he gets upset because his bear won't do want he wants, not because he's hurt or has a wet diaper. We saw that he was crying because he finally laid down to go to sleep. Not because he just woke up. 

Speaking of, there is an amazing button on the reciever. It's a "talk back" button. Oh yes. Not only are we able to keep ourselves from entering his room when we don't need to, but we're able to talk to him without opening his door. At first I didn't want to use it. I though it would scare the living daylights out of Christopher. But now it has become my best friend.

One afternoon during his nap, Christopher sat up for over 45 minutes playing with his blanket. I knew if he didn't get some sleep soon, he would be a cranky boy for the rest of the day. So, even though I was terrified, I pressed the button on the side of the reciever, and spoke softly, Christopher, you need to lay down and go to sleep. In a split second Christopher slammed his head down on the mattress and remained quiet until he started snoring.

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! I couldn't believe it! In fact, I think I did a little dance were I was standing. This electronic device was a miracle worker. Some times it doesn't do the trick, some times Christopher needs a hug or a butt pat. But for those little times when he doesn't even know why he's crying, it's perfect.

The monitor is also nice at this time since we'll be transferring him to a "Big Boy Bed" soon. We've introduced a pillow to his crib and it's been a relief to know that we can watch him and make sure it doesn't cause a problem. When we do switch him to his toddler bed we'll be able to make sure he stays in bed, which is huge since he's upstairs and we're downstairs.

I'm just curious how long we'll be able to get away with the camera. We may need to hide it when he's a teenager. I'll want to know if he has a girl in his room or if he tries to sneak out, but I'm sure he'll want his privacy.

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