Last night I got 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep, it rocked. Evangeline fell asleep at 9pm and only woke up to eat at 4:30am. It’s funny how babies are totally their own person and don’t ever do what you expect them to do, and/or they force you to change every way you thought you would parent.
We always said we would not make our house perfectly quiet at nap time because we wanted a baby that could nap easily anywhere. We didn’t want to be those people who dread the doorbell ringing during nap time, however, as it turns out, Evangeline is hypersensitive to noise, movement and new unfamiliar environments. She doesn’t nap well on my lap cause she wakes every time I move or talk. As long as I am quiet, she is good, which is why she does well with co-sleeping, we are sleeping to. She was always good at napping in her chair in the corner of the living room, when she is really out she still is, but lately any household noise makes her startle and wake. I never thought I would put her to sleep in her crib before 6 months, but have been debating putting her in her crib for naps, hoping the distance and quiet help her to have better naps. Without one long or two medium length naps a day we get one grumpy, impossible to please baby. During the day, when I am awake and can peak in on her constantly, but I still want to keep her with me overnights since she does well and I love the ease of sleep feeding, I intended to keep her in my bed until she is regularly able to sleep longer stretches without eating. I have zero desire to be back and forth 3x a night to breastfeed her in her room.
All of this being said, I don’t think I will ever, co-sleeping or crib sleeping, overcome the SIDS fear, I check her at least 2-3 times a night, that’s what else I love about co-sleeping, I put my hand on her tummy and feel her breath in my sleep and barely have to wake.