Now that Gwen is at the ripe old age of (almost) 6 months we (her parents) have decided to help her learn to get herself to sleep. Who knew this could be such hard knowledge to acquire? Just shut your eyes, lay still, and sleep! This goal of self-soothing to sleep is especially important at nap time. Since she cat-naps I had been spending all day coaxing her to sleep, at least that is what it felt like. So for each of her 4 naps I need her to just go to sleep in her crib by herself so I can get SOMETHING done around this place, dinner for instance. So far it has been a hard process but we are making great headway. She is learning the cues that mean Naptime and for the most part she is going down much more easily than previously. Yay, Gwen. Keep up the good work. Now for some photos that make it hard to believe this kid could ever be exasperating.
Here is a photo series of Gwen waking up. An adorable practice which dispels any exasperation immediately.