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..