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Friday, November 2, 2012

Sleeping Babies

Lately, I find myself staying up after putting the little guy down (and the big one too, who promptly falls asleep, like a baby). And yes, I was one of those people who slept at 8 p.m. with the baby. But all this staying up has got me thinking about the earlier days.

During the first couple months of parenthood, I was completely out of it. I needed every second of sleep I could get.

That first month was shocking on my system. I remember getting up and changing his diaper in the middle of the night when he would cry. I got huge night lights so I wouldn't have to turn on a lamp to see, hoping somehow that would keep him sleepy. I set up a changing station on my bedroom floor, and it was a whole process. I would then nurse him sitting up, until he fell back to sleep. He was so small, and I had not mastered lying down and feeding. I was so new to it all.

Now he sleeps much more soundly. He will squirm here and there and then just fall back to sleep. And when he wants milk, I barely wake myself up, as I roll over and feed him. But even in my deepest of sleeps, I am very aware of his presence in the bed. I can sense where he is. It's a fun mom thing I think.

We are serious co-sleepers. He is still in our bed, at 6 months. Now, I can hear all you moms sighing and going over all the great ways I can get him into his crib for the night and how I need to ween him of night time feedings. While that sounds absolutely lovely, this is where we are. I may be getting myself into a long and difficult habit to break, but honestly, I get my sleep and that is what makes me a better person.

We are safe about it, the little guy is a tough one. He rolls and kicks, but this bed wouldn't be right without him. He won't be the only one who needs training if and when we decide to move him to his own bed (which, for the time being, is just too far away from our bedroom to work out.)

So, we've come a long way and I'm learning as much as he is.

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