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A piercing cry (different than the I’m hungry cry and different than the I’m tired cry), followed by Niko’s parents (aka us) running upstairs to see what the fuss is about, only to discover our little Wiggle Worm has finagled himself into a position rendering him stuck. Usually this looks like him on his stomach with one or two little feet/legs poking out through the bars of the crib, all tangled and unable to right himself, left only to the power of his own lungs calling out to his parents: Help me, Mommy! Help me, Daddy! And we do, of course, every time. But last night was the crowning glory of all entanglements to date! So much so that Borys and I broke our pact to avoid co-sleeping (even though secretly we’d both wanted to try it from time to time, but just feared the repercussions of a three year old who couldn’t sleep on his own). Anyway, as with most things, I figured one time’s not going to ruin him, plus for the safety and well being of our little N-bomb it was necessary!

I’m used to waking up in the middle of the night to the sound of a hungry Niko: his cries are pretty mild but loud enough for me hear. Last night, however, I awoke to a sound I’d never heard before, it was a baby bellow full of urgency and alarm. So instead of taking my sweet time, I rushed in to check on the little guy only to find him on his stomach, pushing up with his arms to a crawling position, and both legs poking out through the rungs of the crib. One of his legs was easy to get out, but the other one was stuck up past his knee and jammed in so much that I couldn’t get him out on my own. As the baby bellowing increased, I called Borys in from his sleep, to help. We both tried to unstick the leg, but it was to no avail and little Niko was going into somewhat of a panicked state. At last I had the idea to grease up his leg with the miraculous powers of Vaseline! Once greased up, and after a little tweaking, that baby knee finally slipped back through the rungs! Phew! This immediately put a stop to all the bellowing, a sound which up to this point in time, neither I nor Borys had ever heard from the little guy.

Then we pondered, what to do, what to do? We tried hanging up a makeshift bumper pad (even though they say that bumper pads can be dangerous) to prevent his leg from getting jammed again, but it didn’t work. The only plausible solution we could come up with at 1am was to bring the Niko into Mommy and Daddy’s bed for a sleepover. So the three of us headed to the queen size bed and snuggled in for the rest of the night. Well not exactly snuggled… In his new surroundings Niko was wiggling around like a maniac, and at one point Borys said, “Sleeping with this little guy is like sleeping with a crab!” Yes, his nails needed to be cut and he kept reaching out in the dark to (love) pinch our faces, until Borys had the idea of turning our backs to him, which works well if you have short hair like Daddy, but not so well when your hair’s long like mine. Those little pinchers were pulling like crazy on my long locks! But, eventually the Little N Man settled down and we had our first co-sleeping experience.

Today’s task? Finding a solution to the crib rung debacle! Because ideally we want the little guy to sleep independently, despite the comforts of sleeping with a mini-crab! For tonite it looks like it might be back to the pack-n-play for his royal highness.

Note: After a quick Google search, I found this article that might actually solve the problem: How to Stop a Baby From Getting Foot Stuck in Crib.

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I don’t know how he does it! Niko has turned into a Houdini of sorts – when he is sleeping that is. It started happening a few weeks ago. We would put the little guy to bed as we normally do (tucked in and lying perpendicular) and in the morning we would find him sideways or upside down. This morning when I heard his happy little chirps I went to get him and found that he’d outdone himself in the wiggle department. Somehow he had turned almost a complete 180 degrees, rolled to his stomach, and had one baby foot smooshed between the crib bars. When I called his name I could see that he was smiling: just lying upside down and on his tummy, smiling. What a guy!

It would be interesting to have a baby cam to see how this maneuvering takes place. Is it all at once, or a slow wiggly progression throughout the night?


It’s time for a mini-celebration! Borys says, “Let’s not talk about it.” – because he doesn’t want to jinx it, but I can’t help but comment on Niko’s monumental sleeping patterns this week. Monumental seeing as when we were in Halifax he woke up every two hours – hello 1 am, 3 am, 5 am, 7 am – and I was contemplating starting him on rice cereal just to get him through the night. But then when we got back to Ottawa, and he was back in his regular crib, he has had three wonderful nights of sleep IN A ROW! Yes – the last two nights he did two 7.5 hours stretches, and the night before that he did an 8.5 hour stretch – followed up by another solid three hours on all three days! Not only that but he has been going to bed without as much fuss as well – 10 to 15 minutes of fussing as opposed to us having to calm him for a good hour!

They say good things come in threes – so hopefully this is a sign of what’s to come in the future. They also say that the only constant in a baby’s life is change – so time will tell how long this lasts! But for now, celebration time it is! YAH!


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