The answer, of course, is “Never, you sleep-deprived fool!” But Kim and I found ourselves asking that question on Friday while Ellie slumbered through a marathon snooze.
After we visited our doula Jane to take advantage of her baby scale, we bundled the girl back up, strapped her into the car seat, and headed home. Ellie’s not crazy about the three-point harness in the seat, and she’s even less fond of being in it when the car stops moving. (As we’re driving, though, she’s perfectly content. It’s just the annoying stop signs that cause her to pipe up.) However, shortly after we began driving she fell asleep.
By the time we got home, she was fully conked out, so I carried the car seat into the living room and just left her in it. I went upstairs to work and Kim relaxed on the couch, both of us figuring that the girl would wake up soon enough and need to be fed. That was about 6:00 pm.
At 1:00 am, Kim and I stood over her (still strapped into the seat, mind you) and asked the question. Do we wake her up? We don’t want to just leave her in a car seat for extended lengths of time – the longest stretch has probably been an hour or two. She didn’t seem to be perturbed, or have a fever, or any sign that the sleep could be due to illness. More surprising to us, she hadn’t eaten anything since about 3:00 pm.
We finally decided to get her out of the seat, and if she woke up she woke up. And yes, she woke up, groggy and hungry. She’s been a little more fussy than usual since, which leads us to suspect that she’s working through a growth spurt.
Or maybe we’re just boring parents. Better to sleep through it all.
Nah. Growth spurt!