Monday, June 17, 2013

Keeping Our Sanity in the Great Outdoors

If there's one thing we've learned in the past 15 months, it's that the only way for any of us to keep our sanity is to put the Baby in a room by herself. Not all the time, just at night, when she's supposed to be sleeping. Although the thought of putting her in a room by herself the rest of the time has crossed my mind...

If I haven't made it clear in my previous posts, you should know that the Baby has been our most difficult baby to date, and it's not even close. I would say that she has been at least a billion or two times more difficult than either of our other two children, the Girl and the Boy. Sure, both the Girl and the Boy probably gave us some trying times, but the Baby surpassed them all within her first few weeks on God's green earth.

I don't mean to say that she is always terrible. Now that she is walking and trying to learn how to talk, she actually is quite pleasant most of the time. She still has her moments though, each and every day, in which she makes both the Wife and I want to run away and move to Canada. We would miss our other two kids too much, though, so, we usually turn around in Duluth and head back home.

For the first few months of her life, we had all 3 kids in the same bedroom. This proved to be a mistake, though, since the Baby's crying would often wake the other kids up at night. We quickly determined that one cranky child is better than three cranky children, so we solved that problem by moving the older two into another bedroom. Eventually the Baby learned to sleep through the night, but we have kept that scenario ever since. Nighttime in our household is actually quite blissful.

Last week, though, we went camping in the great outdoors. Things would be different. We usually all cram into one tent. The Baby wouldn't be in her comfy crib. Who knows how all this change would affect her. The Wife and I weren't real keen on having her in our tent where she could more easily bother us, and we could more easily bother her, which would then make her bother us. There was the possibility of much wailing and gnashing of teeth, from both the Baby and her Mommy and Daddy.

Our tent (the big blue one), and the Baby's tent (small yellow one). This set-up worked very well at keeping her from getting cranky, at least at night. The rest of the time was more of a toss-up.
We had to come up with a plan. So, before we left for the trip, the Wife and I put our heads together and came up with the brilliant idea of bringing along our much smaller two-man tent that I used in my former role as a bachelor. We could put the Baby in there, essentially giving her her own "room", just like at home. We put her in there whenever she was ready for bed, and zipped it up nice and tight until morning. It couldn't have worked out better! Now, we just need to figure out how to stop her from being cranky the rest of the day...

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