Bye, Bye Baby (Monitor)

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I said farewell to one of the last remnant’s of Sophie’s babyhood this week — the Graco baby monitor. Now that Sophie can climb out of her bed, exit her room and call me from the top of the stairs on a regular basis, I figured there is no longer a need for the baby monitor.

As crazy as this sounds, this act was quite tough for me. I know I haven’t actually needed the monitor for quite some time.  In fact, Bryan can’t stand when it’s on. But for me, it was yet another symbol. A symbol of Sophie as a baby and then a toddler who didn’t leave her bed or her room at nap-time; a symbol of when she needed me to take care of her.

Now she’s almost 3-years-old and pretty much a preschooler. She can exit that room anytime and lets me know it (much to my chagrin). In fact, we may need to replace the monitors with a baby gate to keep her in her room at night!

But she doesn’t need me to “monitor” her in the same way. Putting those monitors away brought tears to my eyes. Sophie continues to amaze me with how she’s growing into a kid. I see her potty-trained, in a “big girl bed,” with a back-pack on going to preschool. I can’t believe it’s been only 2 1/2 short years since she was an infant. Wow, does time fly!

Sophie today (If she can get out of bed to do this, she clearly doesn’t need a monitor)

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