Thursday, June 25, 2009


Remember how I got one of these at a garage sale for $10?

They retail for about $110 and are easily going for $60 used, but the one we got was BRAND NEW in the package! The cheapskate in me really wanted to hock it on craigslist, but the mom in me wanted to keep it. I've always wanted a baby monitor and now more than ever it would be convenient to have one. Plus it had that cool SIDS pad where you place the sensor under the mattress and if they don't move for twenty seconds an alarm sounds, how comforting!

Blaine was not convinced, he still thought we should sell it and get a less expensive monitor.

I won. I kept it!

It's been nice having it, and a little annoying.

Every single time Ivy cries in the night I run to her room, get her out of her crib, sneak back into my bed with her with me and about three seconds later. . .


that stinking SIDS alarm goes blaring off in Gwen's room and nearly wakes the whole neighborhood. I ALWAYS forget to turn it off and it always goes off twenty seconds after taking Ivy out of bed and scares the begibberies out of me.

So tonight that alarm went a blaring and jolted me out of sleep, but....this time Ivy wasn't in my bed. She was in her crib where she should be.

At first I just laid in bed thinking how weird it was the alarm was going off

till it hit me


and I raced to her room and scooped her up in my arms and juggled her back and forth until she was perturbed enough to cry.

* long, poingnant, somber, thoughtful, contemplative silence *

You know, I been wanting to post for a while now. I wanted to blog complaining about our big decision. I wanted to blog about what a stupid thing it was for us to buy our house when we did as we are now in so deep over our heads that even if we were 100% sure about moving we financially can't do so, I wanted to blog about how I've spent the last three days cleaning my house for the realtor to see it but the realtor didn't get much past the front door before they dropped the "you would have to bring fourteen grand to closing" bomb.

But tonight Ivy's SIDS alarm went off.

While she was in bed.

Did the SIDS monitor just save her life?

Would today have been Ivy's last day on Earth if I hadn't gone to that garage sale?

All I want to blog about is how I am so glad that I won't ever know. And I have to blog that now at 3:00AM because I can't bring myself to go back to sleep.

And all of the sudden I know what is important.


TheMoncurs said...

Scary. I hated Wes's stupid apnea monitor that we had to strap him into for 5 months but, at the same time, I always slept easy knowing that if he stopped breathing or his heart stopped beating I would know immediately.

Also, you should look into a short sale. They're all the rage these days.

haley said...

That is really scary. Try not to think about all the "what-ifs" and just be glad you have it. And that you have her. I hope you have a good day- I can only imagine the things you have probably been thinking.

Tom said...

A wonderful story and a wonderful lesson. Thanks for sharing this Kristi!

Janae said...

Wow that is scary. I am glad everything is okay. I am always worried about that. I check on my kids several times a night. And even if I end up waking them up (which sometimes I do) it is worth knowing they are okay.

Karina said...

I'm a tad confused. You said if your baby doesn't move for 20 seconds then the alarm goes off. How annoying. I don't know how these things work, but does it sense if your baby is breathing? Is that what you meant?

Anyway, this is what I know. We had Avery in the middle of some seriously stressful times we were having as a family. But Steve and I would look at our precious baby laying near us and we would always say, How could anything be wrong when we have this angel here with us? I knew we should have named her Grace because she was our Saving Grace through the hardest time in our lives.

Laurie said...

I'm glad she is okay. I've only met her twice but I really love her!

julianne orth said...

scary. I wouldn't want to know if it really saved her life or not, but you kind of make me want to buy one of those. either way, it sure does bring things back into perspective quick.

Tyson Gerber said...

Wow! the lord knows how to bring a point across eh? Glad she is ok. Good luck on the house thing - everything is 20/20 looking back


Sheyenne said...

Whoa, how scary. Glad everything is okay with her. And I had no idea you were dealing with house stress on top of the other stuff. I'll pray along with you that you are led to make the best decisions for your family.

Kathrin Paul said...

If there is an English teaching job in Austin, I'll come rent your basement. Oh wait, are there basements in Texas? They are rare in CA. Not so rare in UT. Then I wouldn't have to live vicariously through you and your fun Austin friends, but I could live WITH you. Wow. How exciting did your life just get? PS I'm so glad that everything is ok, beautiful post! Cool invention!

McCulloch Family said...

I am so glad that she is okay, nothing like a jolt to put everything into perspective.

Sorry this happened but what a blessing to of had everything occur the way it did. Wow.

Thank you for sharing this story!

Heather said...

Wow! you got me! I have not even moved Aidan to another room yet! Now I might wait a little longer....