Last night, however, sleep wasn't part of her agenda.
Usually I put her down in her crib and she falls asleep on her own while we say our family prayers in the girls' room.
Not last night. She fussed for over an hour (I believe one of those teeth that I can feel right under the surface of her gums is bothering her), breaking down in full-out hysterics (that amazingly enough didn't wake her sister) several times. Finally I called Paul up from downstairs, where he was taking a practice LSAT test, and asked him to take a break for a few minutes to try to see if she'd do any better with him.
She didn't. However, after a few minutes of walking back and forth between our room and the girl's room trying to calm her down, he asked her a question: "Maggie, honey, what is it you want."
She stopped screaming. And then...We were both shocked when she took her little not-yet-five-month-old hand and pointed with her index finger directly at our bed. My first words were "there's no way she could be doing that on purpose, could she?" Paul decided to test the theory.
"Okay Mags, there you go." He lay her down on the middle of our king sized bed... and she started to giggle, uncontrollably. She proceeded to lay on our bed and giggle for about five minutes before falling fast asleep.
Paul's take: "I think she just manipulated us!"
I think so too! And she's not quite five months old yet!
I have to say I was so glad that she'd stopped crying that I let her sleep in the big bed. For one night. Hopefully tonight won't be such a battle... particularly since she got her way last night!
This morning she is back to being her normal giggling baby self. Now if only we could get her sister to sleep until 7!