Co-Sleeping with Two
This isn’t something we do every night, Our 4.5 year old usually sleeps through the night in his own bed, even if he needs help getting to sleep and then wakes up in the morning and crawls into our bed for cuddles. However….. This night was a rare night when Jasper slipped into our bed before daddy did and daddy (wisely) predicted it might be the kind of night where at least one parent should get some decent, uninterrupted sleep. So he got to go and sleep in Jasper’s bed. Although, I wish I could say that it’s unusual for our 16 month old Katelyn to feed this often, but this is a pretty standard nightfor her.
It was the kind of night that reminded me of this Crappy Pictures post, so I decided to make my own photo story board to describe it.
I climb into bed alone and untouched for the first time all day. I get myself comfy and start to drift off to sleep.
I wake to a little person crying out. I get up and quickly snuggle her in for a feed. She’s asleep the moment she latches and I’m asleep moments later.
I wake up a little bit confused. Jasper’s standing at the edge of the bed, half asleep, trying to climb into bed. I move his sister out of the way – which wakes her enough that she thinks it’s time for a feed on the other side. Jasper wants a cuddle. I manage to twist my body enough that I can have an arm around him and still be turned to face Katelyn, so she can nurse back to sleep. But I can’t fall asleep like this. I lay perfectly still until they’re both fully asleep. This is when I notice daddy isn’t in bed.
With the stealth of a ninja diamond thief I slide my pillow out from under Jasper’s head, climb over Katelyn to the other side of the bed. I get comfortable, Katelyn disturbs a bit and rolls over, but thankfully she snuggles up to my pillow so I’m still pre not being touched by anyone. Asleep.
The kids have managed to swap sides. Katelyn is having yet another feed. Then I realise I need to pee.
Slip out from between the kids. Go to the loo. Pee.
Sneak my pillow back and return to MY side of the bed. Everyone gets comfy and goes back to sleep.
Jasper appears in my face, standing beside the bed. He tells me he’s hungry. I tell him daddy is sleeping in his bed, go tell him to get you breakfast. I listen out. When I’m sure that daddy is up and out of bed I fall back to sleep.
Katelyn wakes up and climbs over me looking for a morning feed. I look at the time. It’s after 7:00am! I got to have a sleep in! YAY!