Coping with the Monsters Under the Bed
I didn't think that the darkness could be an issue. I mean, she did have a nightlight in her room. I was pretty convinced that it was teething. We'd been through it plenty of times before... this round just seemed a little more persistant. So I'd give her baby Orajel (which always satisfies her for a minute) and put her back to bed.
Well what really tipped me off was the monster under her bed the other night. I put Mia to bed as usual, and since the days are getting longer there was still a bit of daylight streaking in her window. She settled in, snuggling with her animals, and within two minutes I heard a scream.
I rushed in her room to find our cat, Genevieve, in her crib with her. Great, thanks for scaring the crap out of my kid, Genevieve. Now she'll never go back to sleep. I check under AJ's crib literally every night to make sure that the cat isn't lurking around under there, and for some reason on this night I just assumed she wasn't. As soon as the initial fright wore off, AJ was mad that I took the cat away from her and that they couldn't share the crib. Sorry kiddo.
After that she wouldn't go back to sleep. Could I blame her? A monster had literally jumped out from under the bed and tried to snuggle her in her crib. I resorted to find another, brighter night light and that seemed to do the trick. Thank you, Lord for using my cat as a device to teach me a lesson.
To make a long story short, the brighter light was plugged in and the rest of the night went well. Our little girl is afraid of the dark. But now I will always check for monsters under the bed before shutting the door.