Thursday, October 1, 2009
Adventures in co-sleeping
Who wouldn't want to wake up and roll over to this?
I really can understand why people don't co-sleep with their babies. The first few nights were a tad tenuous. He just seemed so fragile and I was nervous he would suffocate or Tim would roll onto him or something. I barely slept. A pack-and-play was tempting. After getting used to having this new little creature in our bed though, it's so, so wonderful and easy and I love it. He just goes to bed with us, he wakes up and doesn't even need to cry because I hear his little whimpers and roll right over and nurse him. We do the laying down nursing thing sometimes, but usually I fall asleep and he's not so good at re-latching on once he's off so I usually sit up and nurse him, change his diaper right there in the bed, swaddle him, and he's off to dreamland again. He's sleeping a good 3-4 hours at a time usually and our whole routine doesn't take too long. We've kept our bed on the floor (no bed frame) so I keep the diapers, wipes, burp cloths, etc. as well as a lamp to turn on right beside me for easy access. If I didn't have to get up to rinse out the cloth diapers I really would not need to leave my bed at night. I don't know how long we'll keep him in bed with us, probably until it ruins our sex life or he's sleeping through the night and we can transition him into his own bed either in our room or the one next to ours. Either way, for now, we are enjoying it.
Conclusions: Co-sleeping, I'm a fan.
And yes, my baby is chowing down on a pacifier. I never thought we would do it, but my mom bought them, shoved it in his mouth when I wasn't looking, and he loves it. He's still a breastfeeding champion, so I'm not complaining TOO much.