I have one of those new spiffy video monitors for my baby. It has a lot of bells and whistles too. It plays songs and has a nightlight. It can tell me the temperature in her room and even send me an alarm if it goes above or below a certain temperature range. It has a two-way walkie talkie type feature where I can chat with her in her room if I want.
[Booming voice heard from somewhere in the room: go back to sleep!]
It also has night vision. This is the coolest and creepiest part of the entire contraption. So cool when the lights are off and I can still see her. So creepy when she looks directly at the camera and it looks like something from one of those scary movies I don't like to watch.
When we first started sleeping in our room and the baby in her own room (6 nights after coming home from the hospital, thank you Anthony for forcing me to do this!) we (meaning I) would leave the sound on so that I could see and hear if she needed me. Now we (again, I) turn the sound off. Our house is small enough, I will definitely hear her now. But I do leave the video on. I like to peek if I need to and see how she is doing.
Maybe it's the paranoia in today's world about SIDS, but I like to see if she is still breathing. Plus it's just amusing to see where in the crib she is at. She moves and talks in her sleep...it's pretty funny. It's mostly the talking in her sleep that had me shut off the sound.
My mom has tried to convince me to turn off the video, and to just turn off the monitor completely...that I will wake up if she needs me. She is worried that the light from the monitor is affecting my sleep. (it might be, dunno) She also gave me the "back in my day" speech about how they didn't have baby monitors and not only did I survive but she did too. Because let's face it, these monitors are not for the BABIES. They are for the parents. Or in this case the Mama. Anthony isn't worried about her at night. :)
Last night however, I was VERY happy to have a video monitor. We had a huge thunderstorm. There was lots of rain, thunder and lightning. At one point a huge clap of thunder shook the house. It must have been directly above us. It was enough to scare the you know what out of me, and I was already awake! (The rain woke me up because our windows were open.) I had already been up to close the windows and had just drifted back to sleep when that loud clap of thunder shook the house.
My first thought was: "Oh no...Zoe is going to wake up!"
My second thought was: "She must be scared!"
My third thought was "Oscar must be scared!"
I didn't worry about Anthony. He sleeps through EVERYTHING. He probably won't even know we had a storm last night until he reads my blog. :) So what did I do? Did I jump up to check on my baby(ies)?
I turned my head and looked at the monitor. Yes, she was awake. She was looking quite startled. But after about 30 seconds, she must have decided it was all a dream and rolled back over and went back to sleep.
(On her side yes...but that's another blog post. Yes, she sleeps on her side, not her back, I'm over it.)
So I didn't need to get out of bed, I didn't have to check her, she was fine.
He was right next to my bed staring at me with a look that clearly said "Can I sleep with you and Daddy?"