Monday, December 3, 2012
An Idiot Dad's Preference for a Sleeping Baby
Nope, that's how I put myself to sleep. And not only does it help me to fall asleep, drinking whiskey out of a bottle also slows down my consumption and it helps me to appreciate the beautiful water of life. I'll drink it no other way when I'm at the house.
Another reason I don't put whiskey in his bottle before I put him to sleep is because it would be a waste of good whiskey. Good whiskey that I could be drinking. He's just too young to really appreciate its magnificence.
My preference, or "go-to method" for putting Zane to sleep, is the EXERCISE BALL!
There. I said it. It's as simple as that. A freaking exercise ball. Awesome! It's worked sleepy wonders for my young baby in his first 4 months of beautiful life and it works to this day.
It's Phoebe's preference too.
I'm not saying this will work for everyone, it's just our preference. We didn't research the idea, we miraculously stumbled onto it and what a life saver. We'll call it luck!
I will say this...An easy baby makes everything easy, but having a little luck is like having a sidecar on your motorcycle. It's just freaking additional greatness.
I'm not really sure how all that relates but I wanted to add the motorcycle sidecar into the post.
How did we stumble on to the exercise ball idea as a sleeping/soothing tool?
Nope, we didn't have it lying around the house for exercising reasons...that's not my style. I would look completely stupid exercising on an exercise ball. Just not for me.
I'll keep this short and to the point. We bought it as a birthing ball, but no, Phoebe did not give birth on it. GROSS! She just used it as something to lean on during labor contractions at the house.
We almost decided not to buy it. It was the day we were vacationing at Walmart. I was smoking a swisher sweet and wearing my cut-off jorts. Phoebe was riding on the front of the cart and wearing her bikini bathing suit showing off her pregnant belly.
We passed by sporting goods isle 5 and checked out the price. Too dang much. Phoebe thought it was too expensive. I think it was $15 bucks. But we went ahead and purchased it with the intention of returning it if we didn't use it. Or returning it even if we did use it.
We kept the ball.
I'm not sure if it was Phoebe or myself who came up with the idea to use it as a baby sleeping tool, but it was a damn good one that works...for us.
It was early on and I think maybe we were in the living room watching the devil's box (my wife's slang for the TV) and trying to get Z-Money to sleep. One of us was bouncing on the ball with young Todd and he fell right to sleep.
I looked over at Phoebe. She looked at me. Our eyes high-fived as we knew greatness was amongst us.
He was sleeping so good I could actually see the sheep he was counting as they jumped over the moon.
It worked so well that I had Phoebe dress me in a diaper, hold me like a baby, and bounce me to sleep one evening when I was having nightmares. And what do you know, I feel asleep just like a baby.
Yes, we have a glider, but no rocking chair. My awesome mother-in-law Jan actually thrifted this cool ass glider (below) off the dangerous dark streets of St Louis and brought it down to us free of charge. That's no lie.
Jan and Phoebe had the cushions refurbished to look like new and to get the previous owner's contamination (spit up, pee, poo, etc) out of it before Zane was born. The glider was the ORIGINAL plan for putting the baby to sleep.
It's great and comfortable. It's perfect for a little bedtime reading, but the exercise ball, that's where it's at, especially for Phoebe, Zane, and I.
I do have one CAUTION that should be noted, and one from experience. The exercise ball is a BALL and is defined by my good friend Merriam Webster as being "a round or roundish body or mass."
Therefore, make sure the roundish exercise ball, which will tend to move on you, is stable before sitting down. It's not necessarily a great feeling holding a baby and sitting down on something that is not there. Trust me on this one. Let's just say that Phoebe had to change my diaper after that experience.
ANYWAY...you can purchase an exercise ball at Walmart for less than $15 buckaroos and thank me later.
Here's a list of what ELSE you can use an exercise ball for...
1. Exercise. Imagine that. Now, I'm not a big fan of using it as a piece of exercise equipment, but maybe you are.
2. A foot rest. It's mobile and comfortable, and especially works well for a place as small as ours. We don't have a coffee table and we only have one reclining chair.
3. A ball...to be used for all sports (basketball, kickball, baseball, softball, cricket, etc). There's no telling how many times I've dribbled it around the house and spun it on my finger like Pistol Pete Maravich.
4. An office chair. That's a stretch.
5. A drum. Phoebe always asks me to keep a beat on it so she can practice old and new break dancing moves. She gets pretty wild and crazy sometimes.
How do you use an exercise ball?
Running on to the running news...
There is no news.
I guess you could say I took a quick holiday break from running since I haven't run since our race two Thursdays ago. But I've been busy tending to a job and baby with Phoebe being out of town, and when I get home, it's not that easy to find time to run.
No more excuses!
But I had every intention to run on Wednesday, and then Thursday, and then Friday, and then Saturday, and then Sunday (no more "and then"), but a little sickness snuck into my schedule and cancelled those plans.
Hopefully I'll start feeling better and be able to start my 10K training on Monday.