I will admit, I was one of those people who always said I would never co-sleep. Fast forward and here we are, co-sleeping.
It did not happen right away and it does not happen every night, but more often than not we are co-sleeping with our almost two year old.
He slept in a Rock-and-Play in our bedroom for his first three months of life. As I was starting back to work, we figured he needed to be in his crib. That was our logical thinking.
Since I was working, I missed more than eight hours of feedings, extra snuggles, and play time. After work, I would hold him for hours. He would be sleeping and I could not let him go. I kept telling myself enjoy these moments because you will never get them back. That is exactly what I did. I enjoyed every moment of snuggling my little one to sleep and hours after.
It was not until my mother-in-law took him to Florida for vacation that all the snuggles stopped. He was fifteen months. He could not fall asleep there. He was out of his normal routine, so another routine formed. Falling asleep in bed and moving him to the playpen for the rest of the night is what started. That routine continued when he came home. We let him fall asleep in our room and moved him to his crib.
That first night when he woke up, I contemplated on what to do. I was exhausted. I had to get up for work in a few hours. I weighed the pros and cons of co-sleeping. After some time trying to get him back to sleep, I gave up. Then, here I was bringing him in our room so I could get a few more hours of sleep.
I am often torn with my decision about bringing him in to co-sleep. Currently, he is in our bed at least a few nights a week. Some nights the three of us sleeping decently. Getting up only a few times to shift around and check on him. Other nights are pure torture. Lorenzo is a restless sleeper much like us.
Co-sleeping is not our ideal situation, but it works for us. It’s a struggle to be a working parent with a toddler up through out the night. Co-sleeping allows us to get a few extra hours of sleep so we can be productive during our work days.
Parenting is about doing what is best for you and your family. My days are long and nights are often short, but co-sleeping and coffee get me through my day. Some days the coffee has to be a little stronger, but that is okay. Sometimes the stronger the coffee the better the day!