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An Extension of My Heart

April 13, 2022
This is the an installment of Owlet’s “A Night in the Life” series, featuring real parents sharing their experiences with the Owlet Monitor. Click here to see all blog posts in the series. Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset Being a momma expands the capacity of one’s heart more than imaginable. It pushes out selfishness and brings in responsibility in its place. At times, it can be daunting, and even scary. In this review I share how the Owlet has added flexibility and peace of mind to our lives, and allowed me to care for my daughter with ease. Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset When we first brought my daughter home, I was caught up in the idea that she was too good to be true—that at any second, she would just stop breathing and I would be without her. She was happy and healthy, so it seemed like an irrational fear, but no amount of rational thinking could take the fear away. Since she slept on my chest, many nights passed without sleep… just so that I could stay awake and feel her breathing. When I did sleep, I was hyper-vigilant for the sound of her breathing, and woke at every deep breath or twitch. Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset The Owlet system alleviates the stress of hyper-vigilance by monitoring oxygen levels and pulse. The day the Owlet arrived was a happy one, especially as I had been without it for the first ten months. There are several ways to set up the Owlet, including with or without an iPhone. I chose to connect the Base and Smart Sock with a basic Internet connection using our home Wi-Fi. The Base sits by the bedroom door, which means we will hear it anywhere in the house if it needs to notify us to decreased oxygen or pulse while our daughter is sleeping. Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset Sleep and bedtime come about slowly in our home. Our daughter plays in the bath and puts on fresh pajamas. I leave her feet bare at first, because she likes to play with the Owlet sock if it is put on too soon. We read books and say night prayers, and then she nurses on my lap. As she drifts off to sleep, my husband slides on the Owlet sock, and adds her regular socks on top of that. She sighs deeply. As we leave her to her dreams in her bed, we plug in the Base station and watch the green light. It is almost like getting the go ahead to relax—we’ve got this, it says. Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset Instead of having to go to bed because I am tired, which implies not being able to watch over my daughter, I get to go to bed and obtain much needed rest with consolation. An extension of my heart lies within that little monitor, giving me the peace of mind that I need. Follow Nyssa on Instagram @deckandoar.

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