I am a working mom, with a full time and highly demanding job. I don’t think I was wired to be a stay-at-home mommy but at the same time I do experience feelings of guilt for being away from my baby for so long. When I see her I need a strong dose of bonding, cuddles and time to connect.
By the time we get to bed time hour, the struggle of the ninja begins… The thing is, due to my high levels of guilt from being away from my baby, I would much rather spend a full hour trying to get her to sleep rather than practising ‘cry it out’ sleep training methods. Sleep training just feels so harsh and unnatural to me. So when it is time to put baba to sleep I put her in her crib with the lights out and hang out on the day bed till she passes out.
When she finally passes out I morph into an artful ninja. I slowly get off the creaky day bed with the hope of not waking her up, coz she is almost superhuman when it comes to sensing my departure. As a woman on Facebook said, these little ones can smell fear. And my fear of not escaping her room carries an intensely strong scent it seems.
Once I am standing up firmly and in the ready position, I slowly creep to the door like a night time ninja.The moment I hear the snoring come to a halt I assume steady position and literally hold my breath. If I happen to be on one leg when I assume steady position then I have to hold the one leg up high until the coast is clear (just kidding). Anyway, once the snoring resumes I can breathe again and continue the great escape. Most times, when I turn the door knob, the one thing that gives my exit away is the bleeding television that her dad would have on at the time with the volume on full blast! So then I have to return into the room and shush, shush, shush her back to sleep and try the whole exercise one more time. If on my second escape I get caught again, due to the action scene downstairs, I yell to daddy EXTREMELY LOUD to turn the damn TV OFF, which in turn wakes her up and I have to go right back to square one. FML.
It is a daily struggle, but one I am willing to endure for my baby to fall asleep happily and comfortably. I have come to understand that I am a working mommy by day and a ninja by night!
I asked mommies in a Facebook group if they were familiar with the ninja walk and it has turned into an endless conversation about how they execute their ninja walks, the trials and the tribulations.
This was the funniest Facebook comment I got from a Ninja mommy in response to the Ninja walk:
“I used to have to leopard crawl out of the room with my oldest, she has bionic hearing. I’m sure she can hear the wind change direction at the top of Everest”
LMAO! Please share you stories with us, we would love to hear your parenting moments.