As I lay there trying to get some much needed sleep as I've not had much since having our youngest. I was joined by someone small – yes my eldest had found me and decided to fall asleep across me. I'm not sure how long she slept by my side but the next thing I knew when I woke up was she had been put to sleep in her own bed by her dad and I missed her.
Now I understand the risks of co-sleeping and with both children having their own beds I don’t know why they would want to share one. So I don’t encourage this concept but being sought out by my eldest feels truly special and if she does appear by my side I will treasure the moments.
The youngest also appears to love affection as she likes to snuggle on my chest with her feet tucked right up underneath her. However, she also picks her moments! If I hold her during the day she tries to stay awake but last night saw her calling out not for a new nappy, nor a feed for she’d just had that no she wanted to be held tight and fall asleep on me rather than in her Moses basket!
This would be lovely during the day but at night when I'm trying to sleep it’s frustrating. I'm getting up every three hours in order to make fresh warm bottles of milk. These need time to cool down too before I try and prise her mouth open so she drinks. Even then I may have to change her so she wakes enough to consume any! So her calling out after I've done the feeding just so she can co-sleep with me too is testing!
I forget how old my eldest was when she first slept through the night but I do recall someone saying that weight had something to do with it. After several months she graduated from our room to that of her own and has slept there ever since. She's now in her toddler sleigh bed which is fantastic for me as I recover from a c-section and she gains independence. So far she hasn't strayed far from it in her sleeping bags.
My youngest may want to sleep through the night now too but I dread to think what the outcome would be! She doesn't alert me to the fact she’s thirsty and needs regular drinks throughout the night and day due to my Diabetes. So at present we are both struggling to wake up and feed!
Did you bottle feed? How did you find time to sleep?