Growing up..

This past week has been crazy. Evangeline has been headed through her 6 weeks growth spurt and up until today wanted to be latched on anytime she was awake…which is alot cause she is a very very wakeful baby. However she is fitting nicely into her 0-3 month clothes now and able to loosely wear her 3-6 month stuff now, at least some of it so we are making progress. I also noticed this morning a new fat fold on her wrist while lying in bed nursing, so all this feeding has been worthwhile.

She is so very unpredictable, which is tough. She hates hates hates her car seat, that is a given, but until today loved long walks in her stroller, they put her to sleep. So today, being a stunning day, we went to the park again and put her car seat as we always do, in the stroller and started walking. She woke up half an hour in and screamed the whole time..I was so frustrated. I thought she was just hating her car seat even in the stroller now..however, when we got home I realized her diaper was very very soiled so that must have been uncomfy for her to sit in the whole walk. She also nursed like crazy so she must have been hungry as well.

She has deemed herself a co-sleeping baby. Just like Dr. Sears describes, she decided this for herself, in order for any of us to get quality sleep. I always kinda wanted her in bed with me anyways, I love it..I do get nervous but more on that in a minute.
Dave is the one is who is not into having her in our bed anymore then necessary, it makes him nervous plus he is thinking about intimacy and such, which is why we did the side sleeper bassinet. She hates her bassinet, next to us or not. Every single time (even when it’s pre-heated) we put her into her bassinet this week she wakes up crying, no matter how deeply asleep she was. So we bring her to bed with us and she sleeps peacefully. Now that she is able to nurse lying down I can feed her nicely and doze back off without sitting up..it’s lovely. Also what is nicer then waking up next to her warm and cozy baby ..
Now the part that makes me nervous is her mobility..in her sleep she turns herself from her back to her side and wiggles herself right up against me (which is endearing in and of itself that she instinctively wants to be right against me) BUT this morning I woke up and she was on her tummy, bum up, comfy cozy..I though OMG she can turn onto her stomach, that might be dangerous in this big bed, even if I make sure there are no blankets or pillows near her face..the sheets still bunch under us when we turn in our sleep.
So my co-sleeping friends..what’s your experience with this if any?

I also wonder how much additional hell it will be to transfer her to her own bed later on..I don’t want to co-sleep forever, just during these long nights of lots of nursing. I was thinking I would be ready to start trying to get her to sleep in her own room around 8ish months.

I solved ( I hope) one of my concerns by ordering a side rail from Sears for my side of the bed..

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β€œLife is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” β€” Albert Einstein. When it feels like your world has been shattered, and you have reached rock bottom, you must make a choice: Stay where you are and fade away, or keep moving forward. Thankfully I chose to move forward and was blessed with the two most wonderful children after the death of my first in early labor. Things are looking up.

Posted on March 11, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. With my first we co-slept until 4 months then put him in the crib on the other side of our room. It wasn’t a cry-free transition but from what I remember, it was ok. I knew it was time because he was wiggling around too much in the bed and I wasn’t getting anymore sleep

  2. With my first we co-slept until 4 months then put him in the crib on the other side of our room. It wasn’t a cry-free transition but from what I remember, it was ok. I knew it was time because he was wiggling around too much in the bed and I wasn’t getting anymore sleep

  3. That’s what I did with all 3 of my girls is what the first commenter said. I let them use my arm as a pillow. I would have my arm fixed to where it was wrapped around them.

    Now, with my first one, when she hit 4 months I put her in the bassinet without a problem. She didn’t mind.

    With my third one, she was only in bed with me for 2 months because of surgery. She didnt mind going to the bassinet.

    Now with my second one, different story. I wanted until she was 6 months before trying the crib. Nope, she wasn’t going to have it. So I allowed her to stay in bed with us until 10 months or so. Then she would not go to sleep unless she was being held by me, and when I put her in the crib she’d scream bloody murder. It was when she was 3 years old before she was in her bed. But honestly, I don’t know if it was because I didn’t put her in the bassinet before she was 6 months…or she just would had gave me hell if I tried before. lol Either way, she’s been sleeping in her own bed ever since. lol

  4. That’s what I did with all 3 of my girls is what the first commenter said. I let them use my arm as a pillow. I would have my arm fixed to where it was wrapped around them.
    Now, with my first one, when she hit 4 months I put her in the bassinet without a problem. She didn’t mind.
    With my third one, she was only in bed with me for 2 months because of surgery. She didnt mind going to the bassinet.
    Now with my second one, different story. I wanted until she was 6 months before trying the crib. Nope, she wasn’t going to have it. So I allowed her to stay in bed with us until 10 months or so. Then she would not go to sleep unless she was being held by me, and when I put her in the crib she’d scream bloody murder. It was when she was 3 years old before she was in her bed. But honestly, I don’t know if it was because I didn’t put her in the bassinet before she was 6 months…or she just would had gave me hell if I tried before. lol Either way, she’s been sleeping in her own bed ever since. lol

  5. The way we sleep is very similar to your first commenter. Erik lays right up next to me, usually on his side facing me. If necessary I move his head so his nose isn’t squished up against me. I cover him up a little with the sheet… maybe up to his waist. But we keep it pretty warm in the room and with him right against me I don’t cover him any more that that because I don’t want him to overheat.

    I did this with Rebecca, too, for a couple months. Then I transitioned her to a bassinet next to our bed. She was full time in that around three months or so. She was ready to move to her crib in her own room when she was six months old. (I used a baby monitor so I could hear when she woke up. I’m a pretty light sleeper so I’d get to her before she could disturb Dan.) It really wasn’t a problem at all. I just paid attention to how she was doing and went with what she was ready for. I’m planning the same for Erik. πŸ™‚

  6. The way we sleep is very similar to your first commenter. Erik lays right up next to me, usually on his side facing me. If necessary I move his head so his nose isn’t squished up against me. I cover him up a little with the sheet… maybe up to his waist. But we keep it pretty warm in the room and with him right against me I don’t cover him any more that that because I don’t want him to overheat.
    I did this with Rebecca, too, for a couple months. Then I transitioned her to a bassinet next to our bed. She was full time in that around three months or so. She was ready to move to her crib in her own room when she was six months old. (I used a baby monitor so I could hear when she woke up. I’m a pretty light sleeper so I’d get to her before she could disturb Dan.) It really wasn’t a problem at all. I just paid attention to how she was doing and went with what she was ready for. I’m planning the same for Erik. πŸ™‚

  7. Our solution to co-sleeping with Julia was to put a twin boxspring and mattress on the floor against the wall, and then our queen mattress and box spring right up against it. I would lay in the twin bed with her and nurse her to sleep, then roll over to our bed so that I could stretch out a bit, make love etc. When she woke up during the night, I could just roll back into her bed and nurse her again.

    When we moved her into her own room/bed, it was an easy transition because she was used to sleeping in that bed already.

    It’s not a very “pretty” arrangement, but it’s so temporary, and it’s safe since the beds were on the floor and tight up against the walls.

    Charlotte slept in our bed with us, and in the pack n’play bed/bassinet – she was quite happy to be nursed to sleep and put into her own bed for the first part of the night (before her first birthday sometime), so we didn’t bother putting two beds together for her.

  8. Our solution to co-sleeping with Julia was to put a twin boxspring and mattress on the floor against the wall, and then our queen mattress and box spring right up against it. I would lay in the twin bed with her and nurse her to sleep, then roll over to our bed so that I could stretch out a bit, make love etc. When she woke up during the night, I could just roll back into her bed and nurse her again.
    When we moved her into her own room/bed, it was an easy transition because she was used to sleeping in that bed already.
    It’s not a very “pretty” arrangement, but it’s so temporary, and it’s safe since the beds were on the floor and tight up against the walls.
    Charlotte slept in our bed with us, and in the pack n’play bed/bassinet – she was quite happy to be nursed to sleep and put into her own bed for the first part of the night (before her first birthday sometime), so we didn’t bother putting two beds together for her.

  9. My Peter slept on his tummy for the first time last night in our bed. I know that if he were to be clocked in some way he’d move his head. It didn’t worry me much since I was right there.

    Our set up is I have one pillow for me, I set him next to me on his side so he can nurse (sometimes he buries his face into my boob, so I readjust him so I know his nose isn’t covered), and I put the arm I’m laying on under my pillow, with my elbow as his “pillow” to keep it up a bit. I’ve never really worried about him not being able to breathe. He usually just stays on his side to sleep.

  10. My Peter slept on his tummy for the first time last night in our bed. I know that if he were to be clocked in some way he’d move his head. It didn’t worry me much since I was right there.
    Our set up is I have one pillow for me, I set him next to me on his side so he can nurse (sometimes he buries his face into my boob, so I readjust him so I know his nose isn’t covered), and I put the arm I’m laying on under my pillow, with my elbow as his “pillow” to keep it up a bit. I’ve never really worried about him not being able to breathe. He usually just stays on his side to sleep.

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