This morning when Little Girl woke up she usually just toddles down to the kitchen w/me and the big kids or finds me in the bathroom getting dressed for the day. Yes I said walks out...you see she has been sleeping in our big bed since she turned 12 months. She never liked the crib and the minute I decided to be a co-sleeper was the best day of our lives.
I am NOT a fan of having kids in the bed...in fact I've always thought it was a bad idea...I mean this is mine and hubs haven! This is the place we can snuggle and talk about our dreams/fears/day etc. Enter a child and boom all that changes. BUT LILY IS NO NORMAL CHILD.
From day 1 she didn't require much sleep. She totally went against all my 'routines and schedules' that I always put into play with the other children. Bed time by 7:30 or 8 depending on your little age. They would sleep through the night for at least 10-12 hrs. Nap like a dream too! NOT LILY....she doesn't want any of that. I fought for months to make her conform and I finally gave up. I'm glad I did! Life has been lovely.
I thought maybe just maybe she would sleep better w/us. When she turned 1 I gave it a try. WOWZA she slept all night. Naptime...she slept 3 hrs. (now it's 1.5-2) I called it the magic bed! It was amazing. Our lives changed. I lost our haven, but I felt our sanity came first and she did need rest.
Baby Girl usually sleeps until after 7 depending on how quiet I am...this morning she woke up at early and really needed some holding...
I rocked her in the rocking chair nursing her a bit and sang some lullabies.
THAT'S WHEN IT HIT ME
Have you seriously truly listened to the words of some of those songs?
Rock a Bye Baby
Ring Around the Rosie
or the story of Little Red Riding Hood?
I'm rocking her and singing Rock a Bye and I realize my words and wonder.....is Lily going to look up at me in terror? I mean she is starting to really understand our words and can do small commands! I had to giggle and then just hum the rest. I mean I don't want to scare the poor dear into never sleeping again!