Monitoring The Situation

First off, are the “clever” entry titles really necessary?

Let’s see, I’m going to write about video monitors, so let’s name it, hmmm, MONITORING THE SITUATION! Yes, God, YES! I am fucking BRILLIANT. 2008 Blogger’s Choice Award, here I come.

16 months into this parenting gig, we JUST purchased a monitor for Wito.

You already know where this is going, don’t you? Oh, C’MON. Not every little thing written on this website has to do with my obsessive-compulsive issues.

Except. That it does. Peace be with you.

You see, we don’t need a monitor. We live in a 1950’s bungalow, people. Our bedrooms share a wall, which has a built-in floor furnace that heats both of the bedrooms. In other words, the only object dividing us from Wito is a contraption of heavy metal grating. We can hear everything. More specifically, I can hear everything. Rustling? Yes. Heavy breathing? Yes. Wito’s brain transitioning sleep cycles? I do believe so.

However, during the past two months, we have been wading in teething territory, or what I would like to call “Operation Holy Molars”.

Once again! Brilliant AND witty! Vote here! *pumping fists in air*

These son-of-a-bitch molars have caused some erratic night waking, but it’s difficult for us to assess the son-of-a-bitchdom because Wito’s crib sits right next the door. If we open that door, it’s all over. But what if the random moaning signals pain? What if his foot is stuck in the crib railing? What if some satanic looking Santa has crept into his room and is stab, stab, stabbing him?

The questions. My God, the questions.

Long story short. We bought a video monitor. And it rocks.

What’s Wito doing right now, you ask?


Why, he’s taking a nap! Thanks for asking.

What about now?


Oh, yes. Still sleeping.

5 minutes later?


Sawing logs, that kid.







This can’t possibly bode well for me.

  1. SAJ

    December 12, 2007 at 5:30 pm

    hee hee! I want one now.

  2. Elizabeth

    December 12, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    I have never seen somthing that ingenious. Night vision, too?

    Yes! It is RADICAL.

  3. brooke

    December 12, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    which monitor did you get? i like the looks of it.

    I got this one :


    Now, I must stress that you research your cordless phone and wireless router (if you have one) frequencies before purchasing a monitor. For instance, our cordless phones operate on a 5.8 GHz frequency and our wireless router on a 2.4 MHz. If I would have bought a monitor with one of those frequencies, I’d be dealing with static/interference issues. This particular monitor is a 900 MHz frequency, so it doesn’t compete with the other systems.

    Wow, that was a little more information that you asked for, no?

  4. Gretchen

    December 12, 2007 at 5:58 pm

    No offense, but you totally remind me of Rachel on Friends when she and Ross get locked outside the apt with Emma inside and Rachel worries about all the ridiculous possible catastrophes that could be occurring inside. My hu’band and I give that dialog a good read every time we feel the paranoia setting in. Don’t all parents get that way sometimes?

  5. She Likes Purple

    December 12, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    That is the most awesome monitor I’ve ever seen.

  6. nabbalicious

    December 12, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    I want one, and I don’t even have a kid.

  7. Emily

    December 12, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    Did Wito ever transition to just one nap or he still going strong with two? Also DUDE HE TOTALLY TAKES UP THAT ENTIRE CRIB. I mean, you said he was tall, but? HE IS REALLY FREAKING TALL.

    Sorry for the Caps Lock.

    One nap. He never looked back after that whole debacle started. And lately? The ONE nap has been 55 minutes. *crying in my wine*

  8. Manda

    December 12, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    Oh heaven help you!!

  9. Sundry

    December 12, 2007 at 6:51 pm

    We also have a video monitor and it kicks. So. Much. Ass. We can hear everything in our house too, but now I can fully assess the situation before ignoring/rescuing. Standing and wailing full force while face shows despair? Enter. Wailing while leaning half-asleep against the crib and occasionally passing out mid-whimper? IGNORE.

  10. Kelly~Mommy and the Marine

    December 12, 2007 at 8:05 pm

    You don’t have to preach to me. We have one. In fact, we have bought 3!!!! That’s how psycho we are. We first bought a used one because we weren’t sure how much we really needed it. But when I found myself using it when Dom was sleeping in the SAME ROOM with us, I became crazed. And wanted a “better” one so I got one.

    We traveled to California without it… I went nuts and it happened to be the ONE night my child figured out how to escape the pack ‘n play. My ass was out buying another one the next day. So now my parents have one at their house all set up and we use it every time we travel. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

  11. Spandrel Studios

    December 12, 2007 at 7:27 pm

    Wow! This is fantastic, just as I was just wracking my brain for a baby shower gift!

  12. Angella

    December 12, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    I always wanted a video monitor, but my Dutch (and cheap!) hubby vetoed it.

    I may have to start the campaign again.

  13. sizzle

    December 12, 2007 at 7:40 pm

    oooh high tech!

  14. glamgranola

    December 12, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    I have a friend who has a video monitor and she has a love/hate relationship with it; She can’t stop checking it in the middle of the night!

  15. Ashlie

    December 12, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    They must be pumping that OCD stuff into our water system, ’cause damn! I think I got it too….