Wednesday, 4 May 2011

The starfishes - the perils of co-sleeping

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How is it that someone so small can take up so much space?

My hat goes off to people who officially 'co-sleep' with their children. I say 'officially' because we unofficially do it. Barely a night goes by when one of the fabulous four doesn't weazel their way into our bed. One. Or two. Or three. But never four.

Doo Dah likes his own space.

Have you noticed? Having a child in your bed is akin to handing over 95% of the mattress space so that you and your usual bed partner squeeze onto the remaining 5%.

At which point you leave them to it and sleep on the couch.

As was the case last night for me. One twin horizontal across the bed, the other's head tucked so tightly under my husband's arm with his legs spread-eagled across the bed, leaving space for me, where? Exactly?

If I didn't love them so much, I reckon I would have put them out the front door last night with all the shenanigans that went on prior to us relenting and letting them into the bed.

What is their problem anyway? I sure don't need a special invitation to sleep.

Do you have bed-hogs at your place or are you one of the lucky ones whose kids stay put in their own beds? Are you an 'official' co-sleeper? How do you get them to co-operate?

14 comments:

Diminishing Lucy said...

I realse that we rarely get bed hoggers these days. They all appear to have grown out of it...

Olivia was the worst offender, but at 7, is now a sleepyhead, at long last.

Charlie was a hogger of the worst kind once he recovered from his borken femur and could walk again - not suprising really.

Lexie is a neat and tidy little person to sleep with. She used to sneak in and we wouldn't even notice, but even she no longer visists.

Can you believe that I miss it?!

Andrea said...

This picture made me lol. We like you are not co-sleepers but have one that visits us every night. She like to ll
Iie horizontal between the two of us. I absolutely love when she pushes me with her feet, not! Anyways just wanted to say I feel your pain! ;-)

Quill and Ink Handmade said...

Love this photo!
My two are too little I think, only just in beds, so no creeping in to share a warm bed yet. I don't think I'd mind - it'd be a bit of a novelty :)

Tammi said...

We co-slept with all of our children when they were babes..just made feeding through the night so much easier and we found the transition into their own beds really easy. Our little one however is a bit of a different story. He is all over the bed leaving hubby and I clinging to the edges. We have tried him in his cot but he still ends up with us most nights...he is definitely a bed hog!!
x

ClaireyH said...

We are unofficial co-sleepers now. But I do co sleep with new babies, just makes it so much easier, and maybe that is how they both are not too bad at lying straight down the middle. Kind of. Or perhaps I am now expert at sleeping on a 2 cm section of mattress, head on the drawers and fingernails gripped in to hang on.

Tat said...

That's such a great photo! I usually move to sleep on my daughter's mattress on the floor once she wakes up at night. But occasionally she climbs into our bed and sleeps like a starfish... Then my husband moves down to her mattress on the floor ;)

Sam-O said...

Neither of my boys have any interest in our bed. The Little Man makes an attempt every now and then but he realises he prefers his own and takes himself off pronto.

The Workaholic Hubby and I are pretty happy with this situation as we have heard about the bed hopping shenanigans that have gone on for the last 15 years at his sisters. That's 15 years of being tired in my eyes!!

Love the photo!!

A Farmer's Wife said...

We are not officially cosleepers. There does seem to be lots of unofficial cosleeping occurring from about 4am on everyone morning though....

Mama of 2 boys said...

We TOTALLY have a bed hog in our house... my 3 year old! It only really started when number 2 was born, but for the past 10 months almost every night, he ends up sidelining either hubby or I to the lounge or HIS single bed (go figure!) OR he sleeps on the floor at the foot of our bed on a large cushion... snoring like a labrador! Either way, it's disruptive to hubby & my sleep :o/
I can't imagine the ding dong battles you must have with 4 little bed hogs ;o)

Photographer Mum said...

We are one of the lucky ones - our kids stay put most of the time. Jaime has come into our room numerous times, convinced there is a spider in her bed, but I take her back straight away, because she kicks and has flailing arms that smack you in the face at random intervals. Fin comes in at about 6am for a bottle and then everyone is up by 6:30am ready to start their day. Will only wakes occasionally, but in saying that, I had all 3 wake at 1, 2 & 3am a few nights ago...

Maxabella said...

Oh no! Not the twins too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! x

1000 Homes of Happiness said...

Love this post! We have an entire family of 'unofficial' co-sleepers. Why is it the mumma's always end up on the edge with an inch of the blankets tossing and turning the entire night while everyone else looks so cosy?

xoxox

Glad to read they 'grow out of it'. xoxox

Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

We only do it in times of extreme peril...high fevers or sleeping in someone else's house (and even then it's a stretch).

I can't stand it.

I need my space.

I'll never understand how people do this night after night.

Are my opinions strong enough?

Shelley said...

Miss A co-slept every night from 2 days old to 11 months. I realised by that stage that we were disrupting her sleep, not the other way around, as she began to toss and turn a lot, so off to her cot she went and we haven't heard a peep out of her since. I used to fret so much about her co-sleeping, worrying she would do it for years, and now some nights I just want to bring her in with me! I don't though, because she's always so cosy in her cot I would never disturb her. Now, if I only I can re-train myself on how to sleep through the night we'd all be happy. xx

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