Friday, October 16, 2009

Queen and prince

Elizabeth is the imperial queen. As an infant, she realized she ruled the universe - we jumped at her every beck and call. We existed merely to serve her. In fact, when she closed her eyes, we ceased to exist. The world slowed - nothing of any possible interest could happen when she was not involved. Thus, she slept the deep sleep of the confident monarch.

Andrew, on the other hand, is the upstart prince. The world moves, fast, and he needs to keep up. He doesn't want to miss a thing. Even when he naps, he must hurry up and get it over with, because new, exciting and fresh things await him on his waking. Besides, everyone wants to be with him and what is a little sleep but an impediment to having fun? And thus, we have what we have.

I love a good metaphor.

For those keeping track, Andrew from age 8.75 months to 10.5 months has been a terrible night sleeper - up once or for an awful week twice a night. And not just up, nurse, sleep, but up for an hour + each time. Last week he slept through (til 7 am) every other night, up an hour or so the other nights. This week has been slightly better. Maybe we are getting there. Maybe.

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