no more staying up late at night for me, my new mantra is to sleep when my son sleeps.
i would normally wait for my son to sleep so i can give my full attention to blogging or whatever task am doing and would normally end up staying up late into the night till the wee hours of the morning before i hit the sheets and my son ending up sleeping on his own in our bed where we are supposed to be co-sleeping!
we’ve started co-sleeping since jared was brought home from the hospital, first having his crib at arm’s reach (cause i was afraid at that time that i might crush him while we sleep so he has to stay in the crib for a while until i had enough guts to have him lay beside me in bed) in my bedside so i can attend to his every need in a drop of a hat, and after a few weeks have him sleeping beside me or in my chest.
i have read quite a few interesting facts on co-sleeping and is fully convinced that babies benefit much from it, even reducing the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), being less susceptible to stress related disorders and will, in later life, exhibit more independence than their peers. plus, mother-instinctively-speaking, i felt it is the best thing to do. and it wasn’t only my son who’s benefiting from it. i seem to relax more when i feel his breathing rise and fall and consciously would hold my breath a little to sync with his. plus i love the smell of my baby, for me it is my small bit of heaven (or big bit as my boy is quite a big baby!) i delight in the pleasure of having my son and all his 12-kilo (or more since it has bee a month since we’ve last been to his pedia) glory lay on my chest as he sleeps soundly.add to that the joy that it brings me to feel him tug me close while he sleeps or reach for me when he awakens, the bliss that is motherhood…
so the new routine now goes: i sleep with my son when he sleeps and if i wake up later on, say 2 or 3am, that’s when i plug in the pc again or read a book or go to the loo (that’s the bathroom) as quickly as i can, or anything i can do without leaving the room or waking my son up. but if i sleep soundly, blame it on my son for rubbing it on me, then it’s another long uninterrupted (save for the times i had to wake up so jared can feed or when i had to change his dappy) sleep and a more than welcome change.
how about you, when did you start co-sleeping with your baby?