Monday, June 14, 2004

Musical beds - sleeping bliss?

Sleeping with someone you love can create such a feeling of peace and happiness. It is one of the most wonderful things that you can share with someone. When you have a family, there are so many loved ones that can snuggle with. Adam has gotten into the habit of having Daddy fall asleep with him in his bed. Recently he has gotten in the habit of sleeping in all of our beds in the house!! I also end up sleeping in all different beds. When I wake up, I'm sometimes confused.. Where am I? How did I get here? and most often - What time is it? I think I am happier sticking to one bed. Less confusion and more peaceful sleep.

One night, Adam climbed in with me and Dova when I was nursing her in our bed close to his bedtime. Daddy climbed in on the other side and we were one big sandwich family (Doug, Adam, Dova, me). It was truly a happy family bed. When I awoke, I took a picture, but of course, I had to get out to do it. Later I had to carry Adam's 38 pounds up the stairs and into his bed. The next night, I nursed Dova upstairs in her room and Adam fell asleep with us again. It is really wonderful sleeping with your children except for the arm thrashing and head butting. I carried him back to his room again, put Dova in her crib, and went back to my own bed. These days, we are all sleeping in the right place. When you think about the evolution of humans, we certainly didn't all have separate rooms and beds!! But it is the norm and for the most part lends itself to better sleep.

There is something very special about sleeping with a baby, especially one who is still nursing. Many nights I have woken up with Dova nursing next to me, sometimes she had been nursing for 3 or 4 hours straight!! It is a lot harder to respond to the baby monitor and lug myself up the stairs in the middle of the night to nurse her. I love to snuggle with her for the rest of the night like when she was a newborn, but for the most part I lug myself back downstairs and snuggle with my mister :).

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