Sleeping Like a Baby: Lucy’s Version
I’ve talked in the past about Lucy being non-verbal; she is a relatively late bloomer so to speak. As a result of this, I have had to be extra-sensitive to her physical cues to determine what she wants or needs.
Recently we visited a theme park and as I held her, she grabbed at my bra strap. Instinctively I thought, oh she’s tired, I’ll need to get her down for a sleep soon. Then I realised how funny that must sound to a stranger. Since when does bra strap = sleep?
So I decided to document her journey to slumber, taking note of each step that took her closer and closer to The Land of Nod.
Step 1: The Bra Strap – this is where it all starts!
Step 2: The T-Shirt Nuzzle – she will gently rub her lips or just under her nose with my shirt, burying herself into my shirt.
Step 3: The Blanket – this is when things get serious. First she has to inspect it, then work out how to fold it up and carry it.
Finally she has it all bundled up so she can walk around quite happily with it.
And then with an artform that has been refined over her entire 22 months, she positions her thumb and scoops it up so that it is in perfect nuzzling position. This is the ultimate sign of “I am so tired right now – please put me to bed.”
Step 4: Bed – Lucy will happily drift off to sleep anywhere, as long as she has her blanket. Tired, peaceful, happy. She sleeps.