The girls have never slept in our bed. As super-duper-warm-and-fuzzy-snuggly-cuddly as it sometimes sounds, I never wanted to risk starting a habit that could be hard to break.
There were occasions, when the girls were infants, when one would wake up before her sister. I would bring her to our bed and prop her up against my chest. I never meant to fall back asleep myself, but I distinctly remember a time or two when I woke up with a sleeping baby.
It is such a tender memory.
The only other times I can remember sleeping with the girls were when we were away from home. There was one time at Granddaddy’s house, when Baby A woke up waaay too early. And there have been a couple of hotel stays that have lent themselves to co-sleeping.
I really cherish those times.
A couple of weeks ago, when we were at The Farm, all four of us shared a bed for the first time. We had thought that the girls and I would be in the king bed, and Daddy would be on a rollaway. The room was pretty small, though, so the rollaway would have made things hard to navigate. We decided we’d try a family bed, especially since we were there for only one night.
Hubby and I slept on the outside, with the girls in the middle. I had Baby A next to me, and Baby B was by Daddy.
Daddy reported a pretty sleepless night, with B elbowing him a couple of times, kicking, and snoring loudly in his ear (or so he said…how he could hear that over HIS snoring, I don’t know!).
On my side of the bed, my sweet Baby A was the most precious of snuggle buddies. She kissed my back. She caressed my arms. She kissed my head. She whispered sweet nothings into my ear.
And the one thing that I never, ever want to forget?
My back to her, she very gently pulled up the waistband of my pajama pants, and then smoothed out my t-shirt over my back. She is such a tender, nurturing soul.
These times are so precious to me, it almost makes me want to rethink our babies-in-our-bed strategy…almost. I think I’ll reserve these super-special occasions for super-special circumstances, and I know they’ll always stand out in my mind as very super-special.