Putting Charlotte to bed has taken a strange new twist.
Tonight, I gave her the 8pm bottle. When she was done she swung her little feet to the floor, programmed to play. I said "hey little one, I know your tired", turned off the light and her head hit my shoulder - but when I sat on the rocker she was restless and started banging her head back and forth on my arm - bam bam bam - "um baby are you okay?", feet kicked. After one minute of these shenanigans I laid her in the crib - prior experience of 18 months tells me she must be fully asleep before laid in crib - but she was fine. I said "good night baby, I love you", turned on the heater, picked up her bottle and walked out of the room. Not a wail or cry. I'm completely mystified by this turn of events. 18 months of rocking baby to sleep have me quite grounded in a night time routine. Could it really be as easy as this?