Thursday, April 28, 2011

Crib or Co-Sleep

*Picture sourced from google search

Few weeks ago, I decided that it is time for us to return Isabelle to her crib. I anticipated it will need a LOT of getting used to after having her co-sleeping with me since she was 5 months old.

So the adventure begins. We tried for 2 nights. And as expected, I had the worst and most dreadful 2 sleepless nights of my life. I woke up like a million times to check on her and to hold her hands poking my hands into the crib through the railings (holding her hands while we sleep is a habit I picked up when she starting co-sleeping with me). I miss having her next to me, I miss turning over and smelling her hair and sometimes, with her legs in my face.

Here are some pictures of our co-sleeping milestones and mostly taken when I woke up in the morning before leaving my bed or in the midnight. They are also reasons why I simply can't just wean myself from sharing my bed with my little precious.

Isabelle at 6 months old, sucking her fingers in her sleep.
Picture taken when I woke up in the morning.

Isabelle at 7 months old.
Picture taken in the midnight when I return to bed after a visit to the washroom.

Isabelle at 14 months old.
Picture taken in the morning when I woke up.

On the 3rd night, I was a happy and blissful mummy again ... because Isabelle was back in my bed... sleeping and snoring away, right next to me.

I guess there are things we need not rush into. There are things in life with kids that we should cherish as long as we could. Cuddling, co-sleeping, carrying them when they are as heavy as 20 bags of rice. I even miss having to rock or pat Isabelle to sleep which she doesn't need that anymore now. They are going to grow up and we are going to miss doing all that with them one day, soon. And did I mention, I think our babies do grow up, way too FAST! So for now, I am going kiss and cuddle her as much as I can while she still allows me to!


I'm a full-time mummy said...

Aiyo... she co-sleeps with you since 5 months old already difficult to separate...

Imagine, I co-sleep with Ben since he was less than a week old leh... and now with number 2 coming, we're all going to bunk up in that King sized bed of ours.. and yeah, hubby is looking to upgrade his mattress cos he's definitely not going to fit into the bed with us hahahahaha...

But anyway, I do believe when it's time, it's time, don't need to rush.

Did I tell you I co-slept with my parents until I was about 7 years old? ;)

Catheryn @ PinkBibs said...

Yes... co-sleeping is one of the sweetest experience in the world of parenthood. :)

Forgetful Mom said...

I only did the co-sleeping with my daughter on and off for the first 3 months. I am definitely looking forward to it again once this baby makes an appearance. I miss the snuggles. (My daughter refuses to sleep if she comes to bed with us now.)

Catheryn @ PinkBibs said...

Hi Forgetful Mom!

Thanks for visiting us here. :)

I love co-sleeping and I think it is going to take me a long while to wean myself off it.

mom2kiddos said...

Hi Catheryn. You know 4yo son is still co-sleeping with us. Together with my 19mo girl. I do agree that we should cherish it as long as we can coz, hey, you only have like until they're 7 maybe, and they're out of your room forever. I'm all for co-sleeping!

Catheryn @ PinkBibs said...

Mom2kiddos ~ Thank you so much for visiting :) Glad to see you here.

Yes, I am all in for cosleeping too but I think we need a much bigger bed soon because Isabelle's legs is getting longer and her kick is getting stronger! Her kungfu kick is superpowerful!