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Kids and Sleep

We broke our golden rule… No kids in our bed.

Every family does it differently – some co-sleep from birth, others have a bassinets setup in their room. For us, our daughter started out her in crib from day one. When she would wake through the night my husband and I would take turns in the rocking chair, ensuring that she never left her nursery.

I have several friends who co-sleep and I think that’s great! But as a new mother, the idea of placing our five-pound peanut in our bed made me too nervous. We briefly considered a bassinet, but we were lacking space. So, the crib it was! I will admit, there were times within the first few weeks where I was reconsidering my decision. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any extra space to consider another option. So, we forged head with our original plan and it went just fine.

21 months later…

We were preparing for the BIG move into our first home. It was exciting, nerve racking, busy, and exhausting. During this time, our daughter came down with a cold. This meant lack of sleep, not only for her, but for us as well. So one night, we broke our golden rule. She woke somewhere between 11 and 1. We were so exhausted by that point I don’t remember which one of us went and got her, but neither of us said anything when she was placed in our bed.

I bet you think I am going to say something like, “It was nice to finally get some sleep.” No. No, I’m not. Because what I didn’t know about my daughter was how active she is during her sleep. I don’t mean small movements every once in awhile. I mean, it can seem like hours of constant moving around. I have woken to find her body completely sideways across all three pillows with her head and legs on top of us. I have been slapped and kicked in the face during her very active periods. I have even woken up to her sleeping on top of my face. Not only that, but somehow she still manages to fall off the bed even though she sleeps in between us… Luckily, after a few months in our new home she began sleeping most nights in her crib again.

BUT…

I. LOVE. THE. CUDDLES.

When she wakes up in the morning, she is so happy! She gives me hugs and talks with me in her sweet, happy, high-pitched voice as we snuggle together! These precious moments make all those sleepless nights so worth it!

Do you have an active sleeper? I would love to hear you experience! #tired #parenthood #love

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