We have a lovely night time routine. Lil Z-Bear gets a bath, gets dressed in a pair of cozy pajamas, I hold him and walk around the house with the lights turned low, and if he is in a good mood we sit down and read a book. Goodnight Moon has been our favorite for some time (there is an unspoken genius to the pages ‘Good night nobody, Good night mush’) but lately he has been favoring Guess how much I love you. I think he likes the pictures of the hare hopping around. Then he does the magic move – he rubs his eyes and nose and I know it is time for bed. I lay him down in his Sleep Sack, turn on his Sleep Sheep and also his Glow Seahorse. After a few more words of encouragement, a prayer, and a few rubs of his belly, I turn on his Turtle and walk out. I don’t stand around to wait for him to fall asleep because if I am in the room he continues to smile at me and fights sleep.
His crib looks so cozy that I fight the urge to climb in with him and fall asleep next to him. But we have never been co-sleepers. Not because as parents we didn’t want him to sleep with us, but because he prefers to sleep alone. When our little cub was a wee little thing, he would sleep in the bassinet in our room next to our bed. This way when he would wake up every two to three hours for his feeding, he was right there at arm’s reach. But if I ever brought him in the bed next to us, he would fuss and not fall asleep. He just liked his own space. In the day time he took his naps in his room in the crib and at night we brought him into our room. Then one night it was time for bed and he hadn’t woken up from his nap in his crib. So we brought the baby monitor into our room and fell asleep knowing he would be waking us up soon. We woke up 6 glorious hours later to his cries (the longest he had ever slept at night at the time) and we were surprised he had slept so long. Then we discovered a pattern, he slept longer in his crib in his room at night than in his bassinet next to us. So, although as a mama I sniffled a little that he was growing up, we permanently moved him to his own room.
I love reading about other mamas who enjoy the benefits of co-sleeping, but alas, it just isn’t for us. Not because we willed it so, but because our little guy likes his independence and he doesn’t like to share a sleeping space!