Posted by: Elizabeth | July 15, 2009

Sleeping Like a Baby

I’ve gone back and forth over the last eight weeks, trying to decide whether the phrase “sleeping like a baby” makes any sense.  There have definitely been nights (or very early mornings) when my own baby has not been sleeping at all – or when she seems to be sleeping, and then we put her in her bed and she is suddenly bright-eyed and ready to go.  On those days, sleeping like a baby is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.

Lately, though, not only has Caroline been sleeping better at night – averaging about a 5 to 6 hour stretch – but she’s also been sleeping pretty well during the day.  And sometimes she sleeps SO well, it’s nearly impossible to wake her up.  Often I am thankful for this.  Sometimes it’s less convenient.

Like yesterday, for example, when we were at her second kindermusik class.  She fell asleep in the elevator on the way up to the classroom.  Literally in the elevator on the way up.  I thought surely she would get a second wind once class began, since she stayed awake for nearly the whole thing last week, but I was sorely mistaken.  We danced, we sang, we played with finger puppets, we read stories, we played instruments… and Caroline slept.  One child in the class cried (okay, screamed) for the first 20 minutes.  Caroline slept.  Cute baby Max, her dance partner, almost knocked her over.  Caroline slept.  The older kids all wanted to talk to “the baby.”  She kept right on sleeping.  She woke up as we were putting our shoes on to leave at the end.  [sigh…]  Oh, well.  There’s always next week.  We’ll just have our own kindermusik class at home with our Farmer Jason CD and the cowbell we made last week. :)

In addition to running around with Caroline and enjoying my parents’ visit this week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the Duke Youth Academy, which started on Sunday – right about the time Caroline was being baptized!  This is the program that I helped run for three years at Duke Divinity School, an incredible residential theology program for high school juniors and seniors, in which selected students from all over the country and a variety of Christian faith traditions enter into intentional community and learn what it means to live the Christian life through study of baptism, Eucharist, Scripture, and the ordering of time.  You can follow their daily activities and pray for the students and staff by reading their daily journal.

I’m SUPER-excited about getting the baptism photos from our friend Josie tomorrow (and sharing them!).  In the meantime, here are a few good snapshots that my sister took.  Hooray!  What an awesome day. :)

Baby Girl in her Great-Grandfather's Baptismal Gown and special bonnet from my wedding hanky!

Baby Girl in her Great-Grandfather's Baptismal Gown and special bonnet from my wedding hanky!

The Whole Crew

The Whole Crew

The kiddos had front row seats.

The kiddos had front row seats.

Blessing over the Water

Blessing over the Water

The Big Moment!

The Big Moment!

Praying for Our Tiny Girl...

Praying for Our Tiny Girl...

Baby C Arrives for Her Party!

Baby C Arrives for Her Party!

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