for a few months now sylvie has been sleeping every nap and every night in this bear suit. it started innocently enough. sylvie, at around 3 months old, would only fall asleep in her stroller after we walked her around in the frigid winter air. we are responsible parents, so we bundled her up for these walks. this bear suit is basically her winter coat. fast forward over 3 months later and sylvie has long outgrown the stroller sleeping phase, but still sleeps in her bear suit. why? because it is MAGIC. we put her in it, zip it up, and she immediately turns her head to the side and closes her eyes. so we let her sleep in it everyday. if it ain't broke, right? well, we are beginning to see the early signs of spring. it was more than 60 degrees here today. her toes are pushing at the feet. we talked about cutting the feet off of it. but more important than any of that: it SMELLS. i guess when you spend all night sweating and puking in the hood of something it ends up a little stinky. it makes her stink, too. so after months of constantly washing this thing, i made the decision last night to cut it cold turkey.
on tuesdays and thursdays travis has a late class, so i put sylvie to bed. i figured i would try putting her down without it. if it turned to be too much of a struggle, i could always put her in it again. well guess what? it was no struggle at all! turns out we thought she needed it more than she actually does. she slept all night last night and every nap today without it. GOOD RIDDANCE says i. travis, being the sentimental fool he is, wants to save it. i, however, would love to torch the sucker.
goodbye, bear suit. it's been real. it's been fun. it's been real fun.