Week 23 (5 months).
I recognize the fact Jack is a pretty low maintenance baby, but one thing that typically is never easy with him is getting him to fall asleep when he needs to. It’s just that he has so much fun when he’s awake that he doesn’t want to miss out on the action by sleeping through it.
The few rare times I’ve actually seen him just fall asleep on his own were after my entire family had exhausted him all day from non-stop playing. But as far as just day to day life, when it’s just him and my wife and I here at the house, I would say that helping him fall asleep is more than slightly harder than solving a Rubik’s Cube. Because I know for a fact I can solve the Rubik’s Cube in less than five minutes each time- getting Jack to fall asleep, on the other hand, often takes at least twice or thrice that long. And even then, there is no guarantee he will actually enter Sleepyland.
Through a strategy my wife invented and perfected, and that I do my best to emulate, Jack must be wrapped up into a “baby burrito” (tightly in a blanket). Then he must be rhythmically rocked in long, quick swoops. If done right, and he is tired enough, Jack becomes hypnotized and soon stops fighting the “sleep monkey”.
But occasionally, when Jack is crying too fiercely, we have to bring out the special weapon: Taylor Swift. For pretty much all of Jack’s life, the CD we have kept in the stereo is Taylor Swift’s newest album, Speak Now. Jack will fight through the first half of the first track, “Mine”, but usually by the middle of the second song, “Sparks Fly”, Taylor has sung him to sleep.
When I say this, I’m not saying this to be “cute” the way people thank celebrities or inanimate objects on their Facebook status or Twitter (like ““Dear Starbucks, what would I ever do with you?”); instead, I literally mean what I am about to say. If somehow for some reason Taylor Swift stumbled upon this “dad from day one” post, here is what I have to say:
“Dear Taylor Swift, thank you for recording Speak Now. Not only do my wife and I really like it, but it is very soothing to our son. You have helped us get him to go to sleep more times than we can count. We think he has a crush on you.”
Also, don’t forget that tomorrow night (Wednesday, April 27th, my friend Diana will be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune. She gave me the idea for my upcoming “dad from day one” spin-off.