My Mom came back from seeing her new grandchild in Connecticut bursting with excitement about something she’d seen there—a video baby monitor. My brother and sister-in-law had one and my mom said it was the best. She couldn’t stop smiling as she told us about watching little Sienna, her newest granddaughter, on the monitor.
So, when she came to the house Monday to get some Cole time (she says she is there to see us all, but we know the score) she had one for us. It was a Summer brand “Best View Handheld Color Video Baby Monitor.”
When we put together our registry before Coleman was born, we saw the video monitors but opted against them. Every time we looked at them we’d always ask ourselves the same question, “How long can someone watch a sleeping baby?”
That night we realized the answer was, “A whole lot!”
It was like “Must See TV.” Ko laid Cole down and then rushed into our bedroom where the two of us hovered over the monitor for nearly an hour. We watched as his crying whilst trying to fight to stay awake turned to him soothing himself by rubbing the satin edges of his blankets (one in each hand) against his face turned to him finding his comfortable spot, propped up on his left side, finally turned to sleep.
One might think it stopped there, but no, we continued to watch him as he slept. His little chest moved up and down with each breath while Kolette and I reminded each other that, in our opinion, he truly was the most precious thing in the world.
With the battery nearly dead, we plugged it in to charge and talked about how this was the best TV programming either of us had ever seen. We laughed at his little mannerisms. Chuckled especially at ones that were similar to our own, like the way he couldn’t sleep unless his blankets covered the bottom half of his face with just his eyes peering over the covers—just like his dear old dad. This continued until we finally went to sleep ourselves.
The next morning began the way the previous night ended. Kolette grabbed the monitor and we watched the morning edition of Cole TV. (When you say that in your head you can almost hear the bong, bong, bong of N-B-C…….you know like Cole-T-V) He was brilliant. His morning show was as riveting as the one he’d given us in prime time.
As his father, I can tell you he’s brilliant. The thing that’s really exciting, is that if he’s this good asleep, imagine the things he has to show us when he’s awake. He’s the best entertainment I’ve ever known. Two thumbs waaayyy up and five stars all the way—a blockbuster to be sure!