Sharing my space

I have something to tell you. Move closer because I have to whisper. It isn’t something that I should really be saying. People will judge me. Here goes… we co-sleep. There, I’ve said it! Where is the lynch mob? Where are the pitchforks?

I admit that our sleeping habit is not necessarily by choice but nevertheless we co-sleep. We have done it with both of our children and despite never intending to and sometimes getting extremely frustrated with the situation, we do actually enjoy it.

Neither Baby Boy nor Baby Girl have ever been good sleepers. I can count on one hand the number of nights that Baby Girl has slept through. Baby Boy has started to improve over the past six months and now will sleep in his own bed, on his own, most nights. Before that however he would wake up countless times unless he was next to Mr K or myself. Baby Girl has followed suit. She will be asleep just fine in her bed by 7pm but you can guarantee that before midnight she will be wide awake demanding to relocate to my bed. I know that you are not supposed to negotiate with terrorists but in my defense there really is no negotiation… I just give in to her demands!

Now according to my mother I have made a rod for my own back and my children are spoilt. It is my own fault that they are somewhat clingy, nervous of certain social situations and unsure of people that they don’t know. Letting them sleep in my bed has ruined them!! I don’t agree though. My children clearly need to feel safe. They need to know that myself and Mr K are there to protect them. They feel secure next to us and if that is what they need in order to sleep (and allow me to sleep) then so be it. I admit that we tried various sleep ‘solutions’ with Baby Boy but nothing worked. His sleep just regressed until I was walking around half dead from sleep deprivation yet half buzzing from the, no doubt excessive, amount of coffee that I was consuming. We gave in and never (well almost never) looked back. It might not be a perfect situation but at least this way we all get enough sleep. And trust me, you don’t want to be around me if I don’t get enough sleep!

Baby Boy has proven that it doesn’t last forever and so until Baby Girl decides to stay asleep in her own bed all night I am going to enjoy the cuddles and ignore the criticism.

Do you agree with co-sleeping?

All hail Mr Cadbury!

Happy Easter everyone! I hope that the Easter bunny visited your house last night with lots of chocolaty goodness! I love Easter. I mean who doesn’t love a day when it is fully acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast! All hail Mr Cadbury!

Last year baby boy was only a few months old at Easter and so despite me being told that ‘just a taste of chocolate’ would be fine for him, I stood my ground and refused. I was told that I was mean for not allowing my infant son to try chocolate on his first Easter but it didn’t bother me and I just ignored it. This year is different though. Baby boy is 14 months old and I do let him now have the odd bit of chocolate as a treat. He doesn’t have it all of the time but every now and again is fine. Mr K and I have bought him a little chocolate bunny. We didn’t go overboard as, much like christmas and his birthday, we know that our many family members will also buy him something and so his Easter chocolate will probably last until Halloween!

My mum is looking forward to setting up an Easter egg hunt for baby boy and his older cousin. He was too young last year and in all fairness is probably still too young but he will enjoy me frantically running around the garden with him making a fool of myself. I love these special days. People say that days like Easter and christmas have lost their true meaning and maybe they have in a way but for me they are all about family and spending time together. Surely that is as good a reason as any to celebrate!

Do you have any Easter traditions?

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