Depending on dinnertime and how motivated we are, Violet’s bedtime is somewhere around 8 / 8:30, and for the past ten days or so, it has been an unexpectedly smooth affair. We change her diaper and her clothes, and after a quick feeding, I carry her into the bedroom and place her into the bassinet. She looks at me as I wish her good night, and then she wraps her arms around her stuffed seahorse and stares at its glowing belly. I leave the room, fully expecting her to start crying, but it does not come. Maybe a few whines of protest emerge from the bedroom after a few minutes, but they don’t last and she’s soon asleep, arms out to both sides and bent as if she’s flexing her muscles. Maybe this isn’t all that uncommon at five months or maybe we’re just getting lucky for the time being or maybe Violet’s just the really exceptional kid that we think she is, but I’m enjoying this while it lasts. And it’s wonderful to not have to listen to the dustbuster at bedtime anymore.
159 days old