April 27, 2010

Co-sleeing

How did I end up co-sleeping with Sean? Honestly, I NEVER meant for this to happen. Ryan slept in his own bed and never once as a baby slept next to me in my bed. Part of it was that I didn't want to co-sleep, but it also is not Ryan's personality to co-sleep. I never expected to start this habit with Sean. However, as it ends up, Sean is not a very good sleeper. He's never slept for long stretches of time. As he approaches 7 months old, the longest stretch he will do is one 5 hour period. But considering he goes to bed by 8 p.m., if his 5 hours happens right away, that means by 1 a.m. we start the frequent wake-ups. Co-sleeping around here started out of desperation on my part to get a bit of sleep, and it has continued only because Sean seems to really love sleeping next to me on my bed leaning against his boppy. I do not need any lectures about the safety of this practice...I already know. As I said this is not a planned habit. I am hoping that after our vacation we can start eliminating this practice. I will admit that watching Sean sleep is a beautiful sight though.

On a slightly similar note, Sean seems to have caught the little cold Ryan had been fighting. So right now I'm just trying to keep him comfy and give him as much rest as possible. I hate when my boys are sick. I want everyone to be healthy for our upcoming vacation. Last night we booked a hotel for one night in Chattanooga on the drive down to Atlanta. I am very excited for this trip and all the fun we will have.

3 comments:

Merry said...

Evan slept with us from birth until 14 months old. I finally moved him into his room after I went back to work. I don't think there are many safety concerns as long as you and your partner go to bed without being under the influence of drugs or alcohol or being morbidly obese. I think the dangers of normal people in normal situations have been overstated.

I am a firm believer in doing whatever needs to be done to get some sleep! When you aren't getting sleep nothing is fun!

Shell said...

My oldest was the worst sleeper ever. And so we co-slept to help me keep from losing my mind. My middle co-slept for a while, but not as long. And the baby didn't need to.

At least he's at an age where you could do sleep training if you really wanted. That's what I had to do with my oldest to finally get him out of our bed and to sleep through the night.

Lindsey said...

I allowed each of our kids to sleep with us until the next one came along, the problem was that with the last one he had nobody to kick him out of the bed. So, he wound up sleeping with me until he was 2 1/2 years old. Even now, at 8 he comes into my room at least twice a month because he says he can't sleep. The problem with that is that at 8 the boy has super human strength in his sleep, and he can push me right out of bed. Steals the covers. Kicks me. Etc. So, as you may have guessed, I do not encourage the co-sleeping, but sometimes, especially when "Daddy" is gone, I know that he needs to do it.

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