Thursday, July 31, 2014

It's a Sleeping Miracle! Part I

My son is nearly 2 ½ years old and he still sleeps with me. I was one of those moms who said, I will never let my baby get started sleeping with me! But those long nights of nursing and rocking and crying … it is so hard. I fell asleep more nights than I want to remember in my big recliner chair. As comfy as it is for sitting in, I always woke up with a start, and a big crook in my neck. Ouch. And after my 2 hour catnap the baby was ready to nurse again, so the cycle continued.

Every once in awhile I began nursing baby L in bed, sometimes moving him carefully into his makeshift bassinet or battery operated glider afterward. But more often than not, we both fell asleep in bed. As time went on, I came to realize, believe, know that he was supposed to be close close close to me. He was a brand new human, who just days/weeks ago was living inside my body. Of course he wanted and needed to be close to my body all the time! I am home to him.

Now of course, he is a lot more grown up. But honestly I don’t mind sleeping with him. He is the cutest guy in the world! There are a few things I would love to change about the arrangement though.

Problem #1: He still wakes up and “bothers” me several times throughout the night. For those of you who have had babies, you know that sleep during pregnancy is hard, and sleep after that baby is born can be much more scarce. I feel like I’ve been running on little/interrupted sleep now for three years. I’m tired.

Problem #2: When I wake up and get out of bed, he usually notices that I am gone within 1-15 minutes and comes out crying to find me and bring me back to bed. This applies to nighttime, if I try to get up and do laundry or watch a movie or something, and also to mornings when I need to get ready for work. He notices that I am gone almost instantly. It makes it very hard to get anything done.

The really, really, really exciting thing is … I think I found a solution!!!! Check back tomorrow to confirm!


  1. I am curious to find out the solution! :) Little Bee slept with me for the first two months and then transitioned to his own room.

    1. Yes, Baby L went in his crib sometimes as an infant, but when he was 5 months old we went to Europe for 3 weeks and he got really used to being in my bed and worn on my body in the baby carrier almost 24 hours a day! We did some attempts at sleep training in a playpen after that and it did not go well at all. (Like cry all night bad.) After a few tries at that I decided we would co-sleep! :)

  2. Oh I'm excited to hear what you've figured out! We moms have to do what we have to do to get sleep!

    1. Exactly ... things don't go exactly as planned! But I'm so excited about this! I think life just got easier.