A padded room for Margo

My daughter Margo is closing in on 11 months and a padded room. She is about the cutest thing you’ve ever seen and I don’t just say that because she is my spitting image. She has the same sleepy eyes and a little Irish nose, a quick smile and the same super-curly hair. In fact, on the continuum of hair growth and loss I think we have just met in the exact middle. My hair thinning down and hers thickening up, we are often accused of having the same barber. A miniTimmy if there ever was one, during waking hours at least.

Margo with Paddle

Where we differ greatly is in our desired sleep patterns. Me? Pretty much any time I am allowed to. Her? Only begrudgingly when she passes out in a milk coma. She’s like that college buddy of yours that somehow powered through even when he was four beers past the passing out stage. She just doesn’t want to miss a thing so we all have been seeing a lot of what 4am has to offer lately.

To be fair, she is not just a nudge of baby. In fact, at daycare her sunny disposition makes her a favorite of all of the teachers. But nighttime is a different story. Our little sweetheart gets all Naomi Campbell on us. She had a series of ear infections that forestalled earlier attempts to get her through the night and lately she has been teething like a T-Rex. She has been gnawing on the corners of the coffee table so we have to risk our forefingers in her mouth for the shards of Mexican tabletop. We’d put the safety cushions on the corners but to her that would be like sponge cake and probably more dangerous than the table itself.

We offer her pacifiers and teething rings and she sort of nods like “Nah, I’m good. Got a cell phone charger I’m chewing on right now and then I’m going to see if I can take down that golf ball over there.” My friend Joel asked me if I had read Marley and Me, which I have not, but I got his drift…

We had The Tubes put in her ears a few weeks ago which has put an end to the ear infections but doesn’t seem to have procured us any more sleep. We are very sensitive to the fact that she may still be in some sort of pain so we are going to have her checked out again by both our pediatrician and the specialist who performed the minor surgery. But if they say she is A-OK it may be time to go to the nuclear option of… letting her cry it out.

This is bound to be brutal. We did this with Elliott, clear ears and all, around the 4 month mark. It didn’t take much—the boy liked his sleep. Margo most certainly will be a different scenario. Her start up cry sounds something like a tsunami warning and her main chorus is small-hand-on-hot-stove in D Major. She sells it too. She’ll flail around the crib to show just how dire the situation is. Her specialty is the Fosbury Flop which often results in bumping her little head—so the padded room comment wasn’t mere hyperbole. I think we actually need to pad her entire crib. Do they sell a kit for this?

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2 Responses to A padded room for Margo

  1. Eileen says:

    Margo is SUCH a sweetheart. But I did see her inner Naomi the night you and Kristen went out. Poor thing – so much going on in her little body – with her ears and her teeth coming in. I’d be moody too. GOOD LUCK!!!

  2. Megan Schulz says:

    Curly haired girls are determined. i like Margo’s moxie!

    You hang in there tho! I am sure she will love to see this perspective when she gets old enough to appreciate it.

    xoxox

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