Monday, July 6, 2009

Big moment for little man

Like a baby sea turtle venturing out to sea, Sunday night served a big step in life for our little man (and for us as parents).

Jacob slept the whole night in his crib in his own room. It was a really emotional night for us -- more so for Erin. She handled it well, though, getting up only a couple times to check on him and once to feed him.

We bought this ultra-sensitive Angelcare sensor pad, which is a plastic board that is placed under his mattress. It's so sensitive that it detects the slight movement, including breathing. Every time it senses a movement, the attached baby monitor blinks, clicks or does both, depending on which we choose. If it doesn't detect any movement whatsoever for 15 seconds, an alarm will sound from the parent unit in our room.

I was sound asleep with my face buried in the pillow at 4:30 a.m. when I heard the alarm blare. I immediately jumped out of bed and ran to the nursery. Jacob wasn't in his crib. Erin was nursing him in the rocker. She forgot to turn off the monitor after she took him out. It scared the crap out of me, but at least we got to find out it worked through a false alarm.

It's a great investment that will give any parent peace of mind while their baby sleeps alone in a separate room either at night or during the day.

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