As parents, we do utterly ridiculous things for our children. We play peekaboo to the point of exhaustion, cut their food into just the right sizes and shapes, and make up catchy, but corny, little songs to encourage them to pee on the potty.
What brings us closer to the edge of insanity than the desire to please our children, though, is our desire for one thing: sleep.
I have distinctive memories of swaying side to side, front to back, doing small jigs and lunges and all sorts of acrobatics with my first child to get her to fall sleep as a baby. Every night, my husband and I would gear ourselves up for the three-hour ordeal that was about to be in front of us. We tag teamed. We prayed. We cried. We laughed. We set her down, we picked her back up. Lather, rinse, and repeat.
And, just like South African mom Caryn Chelin Morris, we made daring escape plans once the infant in question did fall asleep.
Caryn, like so many moms before her, finally laid her son in his crib, asleep, one evening, but stayed still on the floor of his nursery for just a while longer to make sure the coast was clear. Then, she found herself in a common predicament: she was stuck. Not wanting to risk waking her darling, slumbering infant, she got crafty (and it is absolutely hilarious).
Her husband, Tyrone, later posted the comical video to his personal Facebook account, saying, “The best thing about having cameras in your house is watching your wife trying to exit the room after putting your son down!”
The video has received hundreds of thousands of likes on Facebook and over ten thousand shares, with many parents admitting they’ve done the exact same thing before. Talk about a relatable video!
What are some of the craziest things you’ve done for your children? We’d love to hear! Comment below.
Rachel is a wife and mother living in Raleigh, North Carolina. She’s a fan of good coffee, wearer of gray t-shirts, and is constantly starting books she will never finish. Her family is her joy, and she loves to engage with other moms and dads on matters of parenting. Her blog posts have also been featured on the Today Show Parenting Blog and Scary Mommy.