Since we moved, I have been sleeping in Landon’s new big-boy twin bed with him. And Daddy is sleeping on the couch. Our new bedroom needed to be painted, so we don’t have our bed set up yet. I think that is going to finally happen tomorrow, since I finished painting the trim today.
Honestly, I don’t mind — this arrangement gives me an excuse to continue to sleep next to my little boy, which I love. I have no space to move around, but lying next to that precious little boy makes up for that. I love it when he rolls over and his feet land on my legs. I love it when I feel his little toes wiggle. I love it when he talks nonsensical stuff in his sleep. I love it when he asks for ba ba in the early morning and we falls asleep again together for a few more hours after he nurses.
He is only this little for a few more moments, and I am enjoying every last minute of it.
I guess I am not only an extended breastfeeding advocate — I am also an extended co-sleeping advocate. Landon has always slept well and in turn I have always gotten good sleep since he was little because he is breastfed on demand and we sleep next to each other. I never have to get up in the middle of the night to make a bottle or get up to fetch him from a crib. I didn’t intend to co-sleep with him for this long — I also didn’t think I would breastfeed this long — yet here we are. It works for us, so why not?
The few times I tried to get L to sleep in his crib — he does have one — ended with both of us in tears and getting less sleep and being miserable, and it didn’t make sense to me to pursue this craziness since we slept beautifully before. The crib he has cried in for five hours is now stored in Grandma’s attic. We won’t ever use it again. For now, I plan to nurse L to sleep and then go into our bed, where I am sure L will find me when he needs me and join us, or I’ll just sleep the rest of the night in his bed.
What is your experience, do you or did you co-sleep with your child? For how long? Would you do it again?