Wednesday, November 14, 2012
You know, its really funny, but I never really have considered any of my kids "co-sleepers".
Each of my kids have had a very "normal" sleeping routine.
Always have done well sleeping in their cribs and then transferred well into their own beds!
Bed time is usually easy, LONG, but easy.
They all will fall asleep and sleep well in their own beds.
Though, most nights Zander DOES ask if I will sleep with him.
Sometimes I give in to that sweet little request of his because my heart aches to stay with him and get in all the extra cuddle time I can get while he is so small and desires it so.
But most nights I have to tell him no.
I do explain to him that night night time is Mommy and Daddy time.
And that I love him and love cuddling, but that I want to go cuddle with daddy too!
Anyways, Zander does well sleeping in his own bed.
He does seem restless at times, though.
The kids go to bed at 9 and The Daddy and I usually head for our own room about 10-11.
I always check on the kids before I go to bed, to make sure they are still covered and such.
Some nights Zander is still awake.
He is so good, he stays in bed, knowing its bed time.
But just lays awake, not able to sleep.
I'll usually give him another set of huggies and kissies and tell him night night again.
And by the time The Daddy and I actually go to sleep, Zander is finally asleep too.
He has kind of been the only one to ever crawl into bed with us in the wee hours of the morning.
But it wasnt so much so that I thought he would be considered a "co-sleeper".
However Ive come to realize for the past few months of so, he HAS been making this a habit!
Its been EVERY night, the last few months!
He has been waking up and coming into bed with us anywhere between 3-5 am!
And I am very torn about this.
Because I actually do love snuggling with him.
Plus its good for when I have bad dreams!
Like the other night I woke up from a bad dream where Zander was killed.
WHY do us mothers have to have horrid dreams like that!? WHY!
Anyways, I woke up and my heart was just aching.
But I found Zander sleeping next to me and I was just so grateful to have him there next to me.
I kissed his pouty little lips and wrapped my arms around him until my alarm went off.
But the down side is that he is sort of a bed hog.
Or well maybe he is a "Mommy Hog."
Cause he practially wants to sleep ontop of my face,
He has to be THAT close to me.
So I am usually on the edge of the bed, extremely uncomfortable.
On top of that I wake up at 6:15 every morning, JUST so I can have my mommy alone time.
If Im not careful I will wake him right next to me.
And no one wants him up that early! ;)
So I have to CREEEP slowly out of bed, and be sure to tuck the blankets around him so he doesn't notice the absence of my body next to him!
The other thing is that The Daddy is NOT happy about Zan sharing our bed.
Though, he hardly even notices him there! haha
But when he wakes to find him there, he gets sort of annoyed.
He believes Zander is a big boy, and if he were awake when Zan comes in, he would send him to bed.
And I agree, he needs to be in HIS bed.
But the thing is, most of the time I am so sleepy or barely awake when he comes in,
that I just naturally allow him in bed without much thought.
On occasion when he has come in and I am still pretty awake I will help him back to his own bed.
For the most part, Im too tired to function.
Sooo... For now I guess we have a co-sleeper.
Its a love-hate things for me.
I am not sure if I am for or against it really.
But just thought I would blog about it and get some advice.
Do you have a co-sleeper?
If so, how do YOU feel and how does your hubby feel about it?
Do you have any tricks for keeping your little one in their own bed?
What about the quality of sleep for your little one?
Zander, as I mentioned before, sometimes seems restless.
I'm wondering if that's something I should mention to his pediatrician or is that normal?
I'd love to have some discussion about this.
So please feel free to share YOUR stories with me! :)